Antiviral Medication - Indications: herpes zoster, genital herpes, cold sores
Uses: Valtrex is an
antiviral agent used in the treatment of herpes zoster (shingles), genital
herpes and is also being used for herpes simplex (cold
How to Take: Take this medication by
mouth as directed. Take all your Valtrex medication as prescribed. Do not skip doses or
stop taking Valtrex without your doctor's approval. Stopping therapy too soon may
result in ineffective treatment.
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
Precautions: 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
Drug Interactions: Tell your doctor of any
over-the-counter or prescription medication you may take including cimetidine or
Notes: This medication is most
effective if it is started within 48 hours of when the rash first
Missed Dosage: 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
Storage: Store this medication at room
temperature between 59 and 77 degrees F (15 to 25 degrees C) away from heat and
light. Keep this and all medications out of the reach of children.
Acyclovir is an antiviral used to treat herpes zoster (shingles), chickenpox, or genital herpes. Acyclovir may also be used to treat other conditions. You may read more about acyclovir and order it as well, by following the above order link for Valtrex.
How many people have herpes? Whew, lots of people! According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1 out of 5 American teenagers and adults is infected with HSV-2. Women are more commonly infected than men. In the United States, 1 out of 4 women is infected with HSV-2.
Visit the site for more important health information regarding herpes and other sexually transmitted diseases. Source: The National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases
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