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USES: This medication is an antiviral agent used in the treatment of shingles (herpes zoster) or genital herpes. Valacyclovir may also be used for cold sores (herpes simplex).

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OverviewPhotosHow To UseSide EffectsPrecautionsMissed DoseDrug Interactions

This medication is an antiviral agent used in the treatment of shingles (herpes zoster) or genital herpes. Valacyclovir may also be used for cold sores (herpes simplex).
  • This medication is most effective if it is started within 48 hours of when the rash first appears.

  • Store this medication at room temperature between 59 and 77 degrees F (15 to 25 degrees C) away from heat and light.
  • Do not store in the bathroom.
  • Keep this and all medications out of the reach of children.


Valtrex (GlaxoSmithKline) Qty. 20
Valtrex (GlaxoSmithKline) Qty. 20
Valacyclovir (Valtrex®).
Valacyclovir (Valtrex®).

How To Use
  • Take this medication by mouth as directed.
  • Take all this medication as prescribed.
  • Do not skip doses or stop taking this without your doctor's approval.
  • Stopping therapy too soon may result in ineffective treatment.
  • For best results, take this medication at evenly spaced intervals throughout the day and night.

Side Effects
  • Nausea, vomiting, headache, loss of appetite, weakness, stomach pain or dizziness may occur the first several days as your body adjusts to the medication.
  • If any of these effects continue or become bothersome, inform your doctor.
  • Notify your doctor if your condition does not appear to improve or you experience a worsening of symptoms while taking this medication.
  • Use caution operating machinery or participating in activities requiring alertness if this medication makes you feel dizzy.
  • If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

  • Tell your doctor if you have any kidney disease, blood disorders or if you have any allergies.
  • This medication should be used only if clearly needed during pregnancy.
  • Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.
  • It is not known if this medication appears in breast milk.
  • Consult with your doctor before breast-feeding.

Missed Dose
  • Try to take each dose at the scheduled time.
  • If you miss a dose, take it as soon as remembered; do not take it if it is near the time for the next dose, instead, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule.
  • Do not "double-up" the dose to catch up.

Drug Interactions
  • Tell your doctor of any over-the-counter or prescription medication you may take including cimetidine or probenecid.
  • Do not start or stop any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval.

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User Medicine Opinions for Valtrex
Overall:3 out of 5
Low adverse Reactions3 out of 5
Healing Power:5 out of 5
No dependency problems:5 out of 5
Cost-Benefit:5 out of 5
Sex: F
Age: 20
Location: New York City
Time Taken: 2 years

Reason: Genital Herpes Date: 10 January 2011
Side Effects
I have genital herpes. I have to take Valtrex not only for my genital herpes, but because I have a condition where I've been to the hospital three times for herpes related meningitis. It's a nightmare. But, of course, my sores haven't been on my body in such a long time.

Additional Thoughts
Before Valtrex, I was arguably more lively. Now, I get tired all the time. Times when I want to go out and have fun (I'm 20) I get exhausted and just stay home. Sometimes when I take it I get headaches. I sleep all day and stay up all night. It's exhausting. I really hate taking this but I don't want to get sick again. Also, it really messes with my cycle. Wow. My cycle has been so irregular even since being on this medicine.

Overall:4 out of 5
Low adverse Reactions4 out of 5
Healing Power:4 out of 5
No dependency problems:5 out of 5
Cost-Benefit:5 out of 5
Sex: F
Age: 27
Time Taken: 10 days

Reason: Type I (yes type 1) Genital Herpes Date: 1 July 2010
Side Effects
I only experienced slight dry mouth or thirst if I didn't drink enough water when taking the pill. When I first started taking it, I did get dizzy one time, but only for a minute and I was fine after laying down briefly.

Additional Thoughts
Symptoms improved and I started healing in two days after starting the medication. (I had already had the outbreak for about 3 days before starting medicine.) Completely healed in about 6 days on medication. I cannot tell if it decreased the severity of my symptoms because it was my first time with an outbreak and my first time on the medication. I was grateful to heal relatively quickly, regardless of the cause (natural or medicine). I took the generic drug and it cost $208 for 20 pills (10 days). I believe the brand name (Valtrex) was over $300.

Overall:3 out of 5
Low adverse Reactions3 out of 5
Healing Power:5 out of 5
No dependency problems:5 out of 5
Cost-Benefit:4 out of 5
Sex: F
Age: 44
Location: CANADA
Time Taken: days

Reason: Cold Sores Date: 9 August 2009
Side Effects
I have never had Genital Hepes or Cold Sores before in my life until this winter when I began getting very painful Cold Sores in my nostrils. I began taking Valtrex in Feb. and the sores disappeared! They came back just last week and my doctor gave me 1000mg tabs. I took them and last night I had my first nightmare since I was 12 (I am 44 now). It was so real that I was terrified to go back to sleep for fear I would just go right back to where I woke myself up. I did not have this or any other side effect the first time I took these pills, so I am re-thinking taking Valtrex ever again.

Additional Thoughts

Overall:3 out of 5
Low adverse Reactions4 out of 5
Healing Power:4 out of 5
No dependency problems:4 out of 5
Cost-Benefit:4 out of 5
Sex: F
Age: 29
Time Taken: One Year days

Reason: Genital Herpes Date: 3 November 2008
Side Effects
I have had a few really vivid nightmares once in a while since I started taking this medication. The reason I'm posting this is that I had one last night & I can't even explain how real it felt. I forced myself with all of my strength to wake up & once I did I felt completely disoriented, lightheaded, and confused. I was terrified to go back to sleep. Some hair loss as well. Some depression and mental fogginess. And some increase in IBS symptoms. Really though the occasional extremely intense nightmare is the worst side effect.

Additional Thoughts
Just wanted to get the word out there that there are some kind of weird and scary side effects that might make it not worth taking the drug.

Overall:5 out of 5
Low adverse Reactions3 out of 5
Healing Power:4 out of 5
No dependency problems:4 out of 5
Cost-Benefit:5 out of 5
Sex: M
Age: 52
Location: Canada
Time Taken: 3-5 days

Reason: herpes Date: 24 June 2008
Side Effects
None. Feel great because the symptoms clear up.

Additional Thoughts
Works like a charm when you take it as soon as you feel an outbreak!

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