› There have been reports of people on Valtrex (Valacyclovir) who have had serious kidney damage. This is very rare. You'll want to drink plenty of fluids while you're on Valtrex (Valacyclovir).
No kidneys and liver related info.
Upsides and benefits
› Used as a first-choice treatment for herpes, chickenpox, and shingles infections and breakouts.
› Most people (including pregnant women) usually take the oral medication without experiencing any side effects.
› Available as a generic, so it's relatively cheap.
› Most people generally don't develop a resistance to Valtrex (Valacyclovir).
› Works well for most people to shorten the duration of outbreaks.
› You don't have to take this as often as other antiviral medications.
Downsides and risks
› Valtrex (Valacyclovir) is not a cure for herpes, chickenpox, or shingles. It will only shorten the time you have a breakout.
› If you're taking Valtrex (Valacyclovir) for herpes, you should use barrier methods (condoms) when you're having sex since you can still pass it on to other people, even if you're taking the medication and you're not in a breakout.
Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
› Works the best when taken as early as possible during an outbreak.
› Drink plenty of fluids and stay hydrated while on Valtrex (Valacyclovir).
› If you're taking this for herpes, use condoms and avoid sex if you're having an outbreak so you don't infect others.
› Start taking Valtrex (Valacyclovir) as soon as you know you're going to have a breakout.
› Can cause diarrhea, nausea, or weakness.
› This isn't a cure for viral infections, but it'll help control infection breakouts.