Valacyclovir

Generic Valtrex

from $14/dose
Valacyclovir is the generic form of the brand Valtrex®. Both medications work similarly in the body. Valacyclovir is an...

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Valacyclovir can be used to prevent herpes outbreaks or to treat initial or recurrent outbreaks. Valacyclovir starts to work immediately in the body.

1 in 10 people may experience side effects including dizziness, vomiting, diarrhea, skin reactions after exposure to sunlight (photosensitivity), rash, and itching (pruritus).

More serious side effects are rarer and may require medical attention.

Overview

Usage

Valacyclovir can be used to prevent herpes outbreaks or to treat initial or recurrent outbreaks. Valacyclovir starts to work immediately in the body. Exact dosage and timing of the medication depends on how you are using it and whether or not you have HIV.

Side effects

1 in 10 people may experience side effects including dizziness, vomiting, diarrhea, skin reactions after exposure to sunlight (photosensitivity), rash, and itching (pruritus). More serious side effects are rare and may require medical attention.

How valacyclovir helps

  1. 01

    Herpes viruses are basically just DNA wrapped in a protein coating.

  2. 02

    In order for the virus to be able to multiply, it needs to first replicate its DNA.

  3. 03

    Valacyclovir acts through multiple mechanisms to prevent the replication of herpes DNA.

FAQ

Important safety information

What should you know before taking valacyclovir.