Prescription onlyLower-cost generic availableClass: Infection

Valtrex

(valacyclovir)

Prescription onlyLower-cost generic availableClass: Infection
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Treats viral infections.

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Our bottom line

Valtrex (Valacyclovir) is good for treating viral infections like herpes, chickenpox, and shingles. It won't cure the disease, but it'll shorten the length of a breakout.

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Upsides

  • 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

  • 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.
How it works

Valtrex (Valacyclovir) is an antiviral medication that stops viruses from growing. It shortens the amount of time infections like shingles, chickenpox, and herpes will last.

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Side effect rates for Valtrex (valacyclovir)

1218 From clinical trials of Valtrex / Cold sores (2 g)
  • Headache
  • Dizziness
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Risks and Warnings for Valtrex (valacyclovir)

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  • 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).

Common concerns from people taking Valtrex (valacyclovir)

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  • Works excellent at suppressing virus. If you miss a dose or drink heavily you may have an outbreak. I have taken for 15+ years. Very seldom get headache as side effect.
Kidneys and liver
  • 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).
  • Stay away if you have kidney problems or tummy troubles