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Valtrex is an antiviral medicine used to treat infections caused by herpes, varicella zoster, and cytomegalovirus.

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Valtrex is an antiviral medication containing the active ingredient valaciclovir. It is used to treat viral infections caused by the following viruses: herpes simplex (HSV), varicella zoster (VZV), and cytomegalovirus (CMV). These viruses may appear as shingles in adults, chickenpox, eye infection in adults with weakened immune systems (ophthalmic zoster), HSV infections of the skin, genitals, or eyes, and CMV infection after organ transplant surgery. 

If any of the following side effects occur, stop taking Valtrex immediately and contact a doctor for these may be signs of a severe allergic reaction (anaphylaxis):

  • Swelling of the face, mouth, throat, or neck, causing trouble breathing
  • Severe itchy skin rash and reddening of the skin
  • Lowering of blood pressure that may lead to collapse

The most common side effects may include:

  • Headache 
  • Nausea 
  • Dizziness 
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Skin rash 
  • Itchy skin
  • Reddening of the skin after sun exposure (photosensitivity)

Not all side effects are listed here. For further information regarding potential side effects, refer to the manufacturer’s product insert with this medication.

Consult a doctor or healthcare provider before taking any medication.

Valtrex is indicated for the treatment of viral infections caused by the following viruses: 

  • Herpes simplex
  • Varicella zoster
  • Cytomegalovirus

These viruses may appear in different forms of infection and can be treated with Valtrex at the first sign of outbreak:

  • Infection of the eye in adults with a weakened immune system (ophthalmic zoster)
  • Shingles in adults
  • Herpes infection of the skin, genitals, or eyes
  • Recurrent herpes infections
  • Cytomegalovirus infection after organ transplant

Valtrex may be used as a long-term treatment to prevent recurring infections or as a short-term treatment as soon as symptoms appear. 

  • What is Valtrex used to treat?
    Valtrex is used to treat infections caused by herpes simplex virus (HSV), varicella zoster (VZV), and cytomegalovirus (CMV), such as cold sores, shingles, chickenpox, and different forms of herpes.
  • Is Valtrex hard on the body?
    Valtrex may cause different side effects, the most common being a headache, nausea, dizziness, diarrhea, and vomiting. Long-term side effects that were reported in the clinical studies were very rare and include unconsciousness, convulsions, delirium, and kidney problems. Patients over the age of 65 or with kidney problems taking Valtrex should be monitored by a doctor.
  • How long does it take for Valtrex to work?
    Valtrex should be taken when there is an outburst and should start taking effect soon after it’s been administered. It may take up to a couple of days until symptoms clear.
  • Is Valtrex like an antibiotic?
    Valtrex is an antiviral medication. Antiviral medications are used to treat infections caused by viruses, while antibiotics are medications used to treat infections caused by bacteria. Valtrex is not an antibiotic but treats infections similarly to antibiotics.
  • Is Valtrex safe for daily use?
    Valtrex may be prescribed for long-term daily use to treat recurrent herpes infections. A doctor or healthcare provider will deem this treatment safe for daily use based on the patient's health, symptoms, and age.

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