Valtrex
Alternatives

(Valacyclovir)

Valtrex (Valacyclovir)

Prescription only

Zovirax (Acyclovir)

Prescription only
1 of 2 alternatives
Treats viral infections.

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.

Treats viral infections.

Zovirax (Acyclovir) 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.

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.
  • 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 Zovirax (Acyclovir).
  • Works well for most people to shorten the duration of outbreaks.
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.
  • Zovirax (Acyclovir) is not a cure for herpes, chickenpox, or shingles. It will only shorten the time you have a breakout.
  • If you're taking Zovirax (Acyclovir) 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.
  • You need to take this up to five times a day, so it can be inconvenient.
Used for
Dosage forms
  • Pill
  • Pill
  • Oral suspension
  • Dissolving tablet extended release
  • Cream, gel, or ointment
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Side effects
3possible side effects
  • Headache
    14%
  • Dizziness
    2%
  • Abnormal ALT
    2%
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1possible side effects
  • Diarrhea
    3%
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Risks and warnings
  • Blood disorders

    Weakened immune system

  • Confusion

    Elderly

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  • Blood disorders

    Weakened immune system

  • Confusion

    Elderly

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