What is Valtrex?

Valtrex is an antiviral medicine, which retards the growth and diffusion of the herpes virus, helping the body struggle the infection. Valtrex won’t heal herpes, but it may reduce the infection’s symptoms. The drug is used for the treatment of infections resulted by herpes viruses in both children and adults. Diseases induced by herpes viruses include cold sores, chickenpox, shingles, and genital herpes. Valtrex can be employed for the treatment of cold sores in children, who have reached at least 12 years of age, and for the chickenpox treatment in children, who have reached 2 years of age.

Significant information about Valtrex

Before using Valtrex, tell your physician if you’ve got HIV/AIDS, a bad immune system, kidney disease (or if you’re on dialysis), or if you have had a bone marrow or kidney transplant.

Valtrex can harm the kidneys. These harmful effects get increased, when the drug is taken along with other drugs, which may damage the kidneys. Inform your physician of all other medicines you are taking. You might need dose corrections or specific tests, if you take certain drugs along with Valtrex.

Valtrex won’t prevent the genital herpes’s spread. Herpes is infectious and you may infect people around you, while not using Valtrex.

In case you have any signs of severe side effects, which can harm red blood cells, stop taking Valtrex and contact your doctor immediately. These side effects include fever, red spots on the skin (not associated with chickenpox or herpes), easy bruising or bleeding, retching, bloody diarrhea, yellowed or pale skin, fainting, weakness, or urinating less than normal or even not at all.

Don’t give Valtrex to a child, lest it’s been prescribed by a physician.

Before using Valtrex

Don’t take Valtrex in case you’re allergic to valacyclovir or acyclovir.  FDA pregnancy category B. This drug isn’t expected to damage an unborn baby. Nevertheless, herpes virus can pass from an ill mother to her baby during delivery. In case of genital herpes, it’s significant to avoid herpes damages during your pregnancy in order to not have a genital damage during delivery. Valtrex gets passed into breast milk and can harm a baby that is being nursed. Don’t take Valtrex without informing your physician about breast-feeding an infant.

Older adults could be more vulnerable to harmful side effects during the use of Valtrex. Talk to your physician about your particular risk.