Valacyclovir Hydrochloride tablet
What is it used for?
VALACYCLOVIR is an antiviral agent. It is used for the treatment of
the herpes zoster infection (shingles), genital herpes infection
and cold sores. This medicine is not an ultimate cure. It is
capable of helping the sores heal faster though. It can also be
used to suppress genital herpes infection. This medicine, when used
in combination with the safe sex practice, may reduce the risk of
spreading herpes infection, but even with the therapy, it is still
possible to transmit the infection to your partner.
This medicine may be used for the other purposes; ask your health
care provider or pharmacist if you want to know more about it.
What should I discuss with my physician prior to taking this
Please do tell your physician if you have any of the following
- acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS)
- any other condition that may weaken the immune system
- bone marrow or kidney transplant
- kidney disease
- an unusual or allergic reaction to valacyclovir, acyclovir,
ganciclovir, valganciclovir, other medicines, foods, dyes, or
- pregnant or trying to get pregnant
How is this medicine should be taken?
Take it orally accompanied with a glass of water. You can take this
medicine with or without food. Your doses should be taken at the
regular intervals. You should never take this medicine more often
than prescribed. You must finish the full course prescribed by your
doctor even if you think that your condition has gotten better. You
should never stop taking this medicine prematurely unless your
doctor specifically advised you to do so.
Consult with your pediatrician regarding the possibility of use of
this medicine by children. Although this drug may be prescribed for
children as young as 2 years old for certain conditions,
precautions should be applied.
Overdosage: If you suspect an overdosage, get in touch with the
nearest poison control center or emergency room immediately.
NOTE: This medicine is only intended for your use. You should never
share it with the others.
What to do if I missed a dose?
If you missed a dose, it should be taken as soon as possible. If
the time has almost come for the next dose, only that one should be
taken. You should never take double or extra doses; a single doze
is sufficient for the purposes.
What are the possible interactions with the other
This list is not all-inclusive. Provide your health care provider
with a list of all the medicines, herbs, non-prescription drugs, or
dietary supplements you use. Also tell them whether you smoke,
drink alcohol, or use illegal drugs. Some of those items may also
interact with your medicine.
Is there anything I should pay attention to while taking it?
Let your doctor or health care professional know if there is no
improvement to your symptoms after 1 week.
This medicine works best when taken early in the course of the
infection, preferably within the first 72 hours. You should begin
the treatment as soon as possible after the first signs of
infection like tingling, itching, or pain in the affected area.
It is possible for the genital herpes to be spread even when there
are no more visible symptoms present. You should always use safe
sex practices like latex or polyurethane condoms whenever you plan
to have a sexual contact.
You should stay well hydrated while taking this medicine by
drinking plenty of fluids.
Does this medicine have any possible side effects?
The following side effects should be reported to your doctor or
health care professional as soon as they are noted:
- allergic reactions like skin rashes, itching or hives,face, lips,
or tongue swelling
- aggressive behavior
- problems with balance, talking, walking
- stomach pain
- trouble passing urine or change in the amount of urine
The side effects listed below usually do not necessarily require
any medical attention (please do report them to your physician if
they are recurrent or bothersome):
- nausea, vomiting
Other side effects are also possible, the above list is not all
Where should I keep my medicine?
Keep this medicine out of the children’s reach.
This medicine should be stored at the room temperatures between 15
and 25 degrees C (59 and 77 degrees F). Keep container tightly
closed. Dispose of any unused medicine after the expiry date is