VALTREX is used to treat shingles (herpes zoster), cold sores (fever blisters or herpes labialis), and treating or suppressing genital herpes in patients with normal immune systems and to suppress genital herpes in patients with HIV infection and it works by stopping viral replication. However, Valtrex does not eliminate the virus, it is not a cure. When used as a suppressive therapy in patients with normal immune systems with genital herpes using safer sex practices, the risk of spreading the infections to others is reduced.
Medication must always be taken as advised by your medical practitioner/physician. If you are unsure, then please contact your physician for precise instructions. On the other hand, the medicine label usually contains dosage instructions which also may be followed.
VALTREX may be taken with a meal or without a meal to prevent stomach problems.
You are suggested to take plenty of water while takingVALTREX.
Medications are prescribed according to a dosage schedule which must be completed in order to reap the benefits of the treatment. Lapsed schedules render VALTREX ineffective. So, never stop in between unless advised by your physician.
One of the best ways to ensure that you do not miss out on a dose is to maintain a fixed regime for consuming VALTREX each day.
Drug Class and Mechanism
VALTREX falls under antiviral and it works by stopping viral replication. However, Valtrex does not eliminate the virus, it is not a cure. When used as a suppressive therapy in patients with normal immune systems with genital herpes using safer sex practices, the risk of spreading the infections to others is reduced.
You must maintain a schedule for taking the medicine at the same time each day so that you do not miss out on any doses. But, in the advent of a missed dose, take it as soon as you remember so that you can compensate for the loss of the dose.
But, then you may need to adjust your remaining doses accordingly. And if it is almost time for the next dose, then please skip the missed dose and continue with the normal schedule.
Never try to compensate for the missed dose by taking a double dose together. It may cause adverse effects.
For Sexual Drugs
Being an erectile dysfunction drug, it should only be used when you wish to have sex. Do not use it every day or on a fixed dosage unless necessary.
VALTREX must be stored at a cool and dark place that prevents it from direct exposure to sunlight. It should also be protected from kids and pets. You can store it at room temperature between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C).
If you are allergic to any ingredient in VALTREX (you may check medicine label) then please do not use it without consulting your doctor.
Ensure that your doctor is aware of your past and current medical history before you start any new treatment or medication. This must include any and all diseases that you have suffered /suffer from, all subscription and over the counter medication that you are taking, including vitamins and herbal supplements. This will help avoid a possible interaction or allergy.
In some cases, the medication might be altered or require special attention if you suffer from conditions like
if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
if you have had a bone marrow or kidney transplant
if you have HIV or AIDS
If you have kidney problems
If you are planning to have a baby or are pregnant already then you must seek advice from your doctor before using VALTREX. Discuss the effects and possible risks that VALTREX usage may have on the unborn baby.
If you are breast feeding your child, then too seek medical advice before using VALTREX. Some drugs may be excreted in the breast milk and may harm the baby.