Basic Information On Valtrex
Valtrex helps in slowing the spread and growth of the herpes virus and helps the body to fight the infection. Though it can reduce the infection’s symptoms, it is not a cure for herpes. This medicine is used for the treatment of infections which are caused by herpes virus both in children and adults. Infections caused by herpes virus are chickenpox, cold sores, shingles and genital herpes. This drug can be used to combat cold sores in children above the age of 12 years or for the treatment of chickenpox especially in children above the age of 2 years.
Precautions/Side Effects For Valtrex
You should consult your doctor prior to taking Valtrex (Valacyclovir) if you have AIDS/h2IV, kidney disease, weak immune system or if you have had bone marrow or a kidney transplant. Serious side effects of brand or generic Valtrex are fever, easy bleeding or bruising, redness of the skin (it may not be related to chickenpox or herpes), vomiting, bloody diarrhea, jaundice, fainting, weakness or less urination or no urination at all.
You should not give Valacyclovir to a child without consulting a care provider. Some regulatory authorities have categorized brand or generic Valtrex as category B drug for pregnancy. This means that it is not expected to cause any harm to an unborn child. But the herpes virus can pass from an infected female to the child. Valtrex drug can pass into the breast milk and cause harm to the feeding child. Therefore, you should avoid taking the medicine if you are nursing your child.
The dosage of Valtrex for cold sores is two grams to be taken 2 times every day at the difference of twelve hours. The dosage of the medicine for initial genital herpes is one gram to be taken twice every day for ten days. The Valtrex dosage for recurrent genital herpes is five hundred mg to be taken 2 times every day for three days. The dosage for chronic suppressive therapy of recurrent genital herpes is one gram to be taken 1 time every day. The recommended dosage for HIV-infected patients who have a CD4+ cell count greater than equal to 100 cells/mm³, is 500 mg, to be taken twice every day.
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