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Valtrex is an antiviral drug intended for people who have skin conditions related to the herpes virus, primarily genital herpes. It's the most comprehensive form of prescription medication available for managing herpes, as is treats and suppresses outbreaks, and reduces the spread of infection from one person to another. Additionally, a Valtrex oral tablet can ease the symptoms of shingles, cold sores and chickenpox.

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How does Valtrex work?

Genital herpes, shingles and cold sores are caused by viruses. Unfortunately, once the virus enters the body it does not go away. It remains dormant until it is disturbed, which can happen at any time, although the time between eruptions can be months or even years. This treatment is a type of antiviral medication that provides your body with sufficient protection to fight off the infection. It achieves this by stopping the virus from reproducing.

In an initial outbreak, Valtrex can heal painful lesions in just over one week. In people with a reoccurring outbreak, daily treatment may heal lesions in as little as 4 days. It has been shown to keep 65% of people outbreak-free for six months, compared to only 26% of people who did not use the drug. It may also be up to three times more successful in preventing the transmission of infection between sexual partners.

Dosage information

The dosage may vary depending upon your medical history, although standard procedure is to take a tablet as early as possible. Dosage should start just before or straight after the first signs of infection. A 500mg tablet is to be taken twice daily for acute treatment for up to five days unless the doctor instructs you otherwise.

A lower dosage of 250mg is better suited for those who wish to prevent the symptoms from returning, which again, should be taken twice daily.

Valtrex is known to be a suitable medication for people of 50 and above, although it may not prove effective for those of a certain age who suffer with liver or kidney problems.

Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding may not be suitable to use this treatment.

How to take Valtrex

Take a tablet by mouth, with or without food. It’s recommended that you drink plenty of fluids while taking this medication.

When using this drug to control outbreaks or suppress the virus from surfacing, still use treatment exactly as directed by the doctor. Stopping treatment prematurely may not provide you with full protection against the herpes virus.

Try to avoid physical contact when symptoms are present and always use contraception to minimise the risk of infection.

Are there side effects?

All patients react differently when taking Valtrex depending on their tolerance towards the drug and their current state of health. It may cause the following temporary side effects:

  • Headache
  • Abdominal pain
  • Diarrhoea
  • Drowsiness
  • Nausea and sickness
  • Mild skin reactions

Ordering Valtrex online

It can be ordered and purchased online today from 121doc. We ensure a reliable, secure service for all patients, perfect for those who prefer to treat their embarrassing illness with discretion. A free online consultation with a registered GMC doctor will take place that requires you to provide details of your medical background. It is they who will determine whether you are suitable to take the drug.

121doc also offers Famvir for the treatment of genital herpes. For more information on this treatment visit the Famvir information page. By viewing and comparing treatments you can make a much more reliable decision when purchasing medication.

Treatment Information

Product Name: Valtrex
Active Ingredient(s): Valacyclovir Hydrochloride
Manufacturer: GlaxoSmithKline
Administration: Oral
Presentation: Tablets
Available Dosage: 500 mg
Exemption: Subject to medical prescription
Application: Men and women over 18 with genital warts, cold sores and shingles
Posology: Take 2 tablets per day for 10 days
Description: Valtrex is an anti-viral drug that is used to treat the symptoms of herpes simplex
Drug class: Antivirals
Alcohol consumption: No influence
When breastfeeding: Not recommended, ask your doctor for alternatives
When pregnant: Can possibly be prescribed, ask your doctor
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