Valtrex is a wide-spread pill that many associate with the herpes virus. In fact, it is an antivirus remedy that targets many other viral infections, among which herpes simplex (which can prosper on genitals or mucous membranes), herpes zoster, cytomegalovirus, Epstein-Barr virus and others. But most often it is prescribed for remedying simple outbreaks of herpes, as well as to prevent the contraction of the virus to a healthy partner during sexual intercourse since the pills of valtrex reduce transmission of herpes.
Valtrex is essentially the active substance called Valacyclovir combined with hydrochloride. It is dissolved into acyclovir with the help of a special liver ferment, and then penetrates the membrane of virus cells. By combining with the virus DNA, this remedy is capable of blocking the procreation of virus, thus stopping its spread. Valtrex is mostly effective in individuals with good immune system and normal kidney and liver functioning.
Valtrex is sold in the form of white pills. During the intake, the pills must not be crushed or divided. The standard valacyclovir dosage for herpes simplex is considered to be 1000 milligrams (2 pills) 3 times per day during a week. However, the valacyclovir dose for genital herpes is always subject to change depending on the ongoing condition, so your physician should prescribe a dose according to your specific needs. It is advised not to prescribe it to yourself. Treating shingles implies a dose of 1 gram (2 pills) 2 times per day.
For prevention purposes, the Valtrex dose will be 500 milligrams (1 pills) 1 time per day. For individuals suffering from any immune impairments, it is advised to take the same dose 2 times per day. If prevention measures are taken to reduce the chances of infecting a partner, other safety measures (just as condoms) must be present. There is also a possibility to treat herpes-related blisters locally with valtrex cream.
If your kidneys do not function properly, you must take Valtrex according to your doctor’s indications based on creatinine retention of kidneys. In the rest of cases, Valtrex is taken without adjusting the doses.
Most often, undesired effects will take the form of head throbbing, nausea and vomiting, which can sometimes be followed by stomach malfunctions, such as diarrhea. Less than 1 in 10000 individual taking Valtrex will go through vertigos, dizziness, hallucinations, difficulty reasoning, excitement, shaking, swelling, liver, and kidney dysfunctions. The latter two undesired effects are usually reversible. All the mentioned manifestations should be remedied symptomatically under doctor’s surveillance. If any of the symptoms causes too much discomfort, call the emergency services and do not resume the intake of the pills. Individuals diagnosed with immune deficiencies must clearly read the leaflet instructions to know the additional negative effects of the pills and take the remedy only according to the doctor’s indications.