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Valtrex is an anti-viral medication that is often taken to treat infections caused by certain viruses, including cold sores, shingles and genital herpes. It works by helping patients reduce the length and severity of virus outbreaks, so that sores heal faster while itching and pain are decreased.
Valtrex is an antiviral drug that is used to slow growth and the spread of herpes virus in the body. It is also used to treat infections that are caused by herpes virus like cold sores, gentle herpes, and shingles. Children who are under twelve years and have developed sores or chickenpox are given valtrex.
Valtrex is not used to cure herpes and it does not stop virus from spreading to other persons. However, it can help to lessen symptoms of herpes infections. This helps your body fight any outbreak of disease and reduce any outbreak of infections.Dosage
The drug is available in tablets that can be taken orally; they usually come in 500gm or 1gm.The drug works well when it is administered when there is an outbreak. In case you decide to delay taking the drug, it effectiveness reduce and you are likely to get infections.
If you have shingles or chickenpox, it is good that you take the drug once and as soon as you notice rashes appearing. In case of cold sores or herpes taking the medication at the first outbreak will help your body fight well. If you notice signs like burning, itching and tingling then you should start the dose.
The dose also works well when it is taken evenly and as prescribed by your doctor. The frequency of your intake and how long you will take the medication is indicated by your doctor. If you have shingles you should take it every eight hours for seven days and for gentile herpes, you ought to take it twice per day for ten days.
It is also wise that you read the label and follow instructions before you take the medication; you should always take it to full prescription and avoid altering it.Side effects
You should get medical help in case you have the following side effects, diarrhea, vomiting, headache, stomach ache, nausea, and dizziness. The medication can also have severe allergies reactions such as hives, difficulties in breathing, swelling of your face and lips.
You should know that your doctor prescribed Valtrex because you can overcome any side effects that might come your way; however, if you note that you have severe side effects like mental changes, trouble speaking, shaky movements, and you urinate many times than usually, then you should rush to the hospital.
Valtrex can rarely cause any life threatening side effects but there are instants that it can cause severe complications when you have a weak immune system. A weak immune system can occur when you have HIV/AIDS, bone marrow transport and kidney transport. If you have been treated with the above cases, it is good that you get guidance from your doctor on how you should use the drug.
You will also get advice on how you ought to take it or leave it before it has serious repercussions on you.Storage
Most people forget to keep the drug in a safe area and leave it on the microwave and thus they make it less effective. The medication should be stored in room temperatures and away from direct heat or moisture. You should also keep it in an area that children cannot reach.Precautions and warning
These include how the drug is able to interact with other drugs, the risk that it poses to patients that have poor kidney functions, and for women that are nursing pregnancy. It is advisable that you talk to your doctor about your health conditions before you start your medication.
Valtex also does not work well with certain foods, dyes or preservation and that is why you should know all the foods and allergies that the drug does not interact with. Although the drug is considered a pregnancy type b drug and is told to be safe on women who are pregnant: you should not use it when you are pregnant because there are no studies to support such claims.
However, you can only take the drug after you have consulted with your doctor and seen that the benefits outweigh risks when you are pregnant. You should also know that valtrex is passed through the breast and if you are breast feeding perhaps you should consider against taking the drug.