Available under the brand name Valtrex, valacyclovir is an antiviral drug prescribed for the treatment of various viral infections in adults. Common viral infections include cold sores, shingles (herpes zoster), and herpes simplex (genital herpes). Valtrex herpes medication is additionally prescribed to children with chickenpox—from the same virus that results in shingles—and cold sores.
In a patient’s system, Valtrex functions similar to the antiviral herpes medication acyclovir. Even though valacyclovir (Valtrex) cannot eliminate genital herpes or shingles completely, it offers patients pain relief and promotes the speedy healing of blisters. Patients with these viral infections need a prescription to go on Valtrex.
Use of Valtrex Herpes Medication
You can take Valtrex with or without food. However, it is vital to drink lots of water when you are taking it to lessen dizziness and also safeguard kidney function.
Valtrex is most effective if taken over the course of 48 hours upon noticing the first signs and symptoms of genital herpes or shingles. You should also take the medication within 24 hours of noticing symptoms of a recurrent outbreak for the best results.
Similarly, it is ideal to use the medication immediately after the appearance of chickenpox rashes.
To get rid of your infection completely, continue using Valtrex for the entire duration of your treatment regardless of any improvement in your symptoms. Make sure to never skip a dose and also avoid remaining on Valtrex for longer than your physician directs.
Dosing of Valtrex varies among patients as each patient’s reason for taking it is different. Always make sure to follow your physician’s directions as to how and for how long you should continue taking Valtrex.
If you ever miss a dose of Valtrex, take your dose as soon as you remember. That said, if you realize you have skipped a dose closer to the time for your next one, disregard the missed dose and proceed to take your medication as directed.
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