If you as an adult have one of several herpesvirus infections, like shingles, genital herpes, or cold sores then we have a drug that might help. This amazing drug can also help your child with chickenpox or cold sores but be careful this drug should only be used in children over 12. What is the name of this amazing drug? It is Valaciclovir or Valtrex. While this drug doesn’t cure you of the disease it will help lessen the symptoms and that is always a plus.
Valtrex is an antiviral drug that slows the herpes virus in your body so your body can help fight the infection and help you get back to normal. Valtrex does not prevent the spread of genital herpes and don’t forget that the herpes infections are contagious and you can still spread it while on Valtrex. This includes pregnant women to their unborn babies so women make sure you don’t have an outbreak while pregnant if you can. Valtrex should not have any harmful side effects for your baby and it can help you from having outbreaks which can pass the virus to your baby so women this drug will be great for you. Also to stop the spread of herpes avoid letting infected areas come in contact with other people, wash your hands frequently, and avoid touching the infected area and then your eyes.
Also remember if you have genital herpes that you can pass the disease on to your partner while having sex so either don’t have sex or wear a latex condom.
When should you start taking this wonderful drug?
That is a question with a simple answer. You should take Valtrex as soon as you have the first symptom like tingling, red blisters, and burning. You should take each dose with a full glass of water and drink plenty of water while you are on Valtrex to make sure you keep your kidneys in good working order. You can only get this amazing drug through your doctor so talk to him or her today but don’t forget tell your doctor all about any other medicines you are taking. Be sure to take Valtrex for the whole treatment that your doctor tells you to not just till you start to feel better and be sure to read the bottle so that you take the correct dose.
Do not take more of the medicine than you should. Some symptoms of an overdose of Valtrex are urinating less than usual or not at all so if you think you have overdosed then seek medical help immediately. That means rush to the ER or your doctor. If you have HIV, kidney disease or had a bone marrow or kidney transplant this drug isn’t for you but for the rest of you ask your doctor if this drug could work for you.
General Practitioner. I worked in hospitals in Melbourne and Sydney.