Valaciclovir is an antiviral medication used to kill or stop the growth of certain viruses. It is used to treat an outbreak of genital herpes as well as cold sores, chickenpox, and shingles. It is also used to prevent repeat infections.
Valaciclovir is given in tablet form and the dose will depend on what you are taking it for.
What are valaciclovir tablets used for?
Valaciclovir tablets are used to treat viral infections, like:
- genital herpes
- herpes simplex virus affecting the skin
- cold sores
- herpes simplex virus of the eye.
We offer valaciclovir for the treatment of genital herpes and cold sores.
There are two types of herpes virus:
- Herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1)
- Herpes simplex virus type 2 (HSV-2)
HSV-1 is mainly spread orally (by mouth) and includes symptoms like cold sores, but it also causes genital herpes. HSV-2 is a sexually transmitted disease (spread by sex) that causes genital herpes.
Both types of HSV are lifelong infections. They can remain inactive for many years. When the virus becomes active it causes a herpes outbreak.
- small, painful, bursting blisters
- tingling, burning, or itching
- pain when you pee
- abnormal vaginal discharge in women
Valaciclovir stops the virus from replicating and is used to treat the symptoms and prevent future outbreaks.
What’s the difference between aciclovir and valaciclovir?
Aciclovir may be offered as a first line treatment for a herpes infection. It is like valaciclovir, in that it is used to suppress the virus.
Valaciclovir is a prodrug, which means it is not in its active form when it is taken. Instead, it is converted inside your body into the active drug, aciclovir.
Both medications work in the same way but a larger amount of valaciclovir enters the bloodstream and has a better effect on the infection.
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