Valtrex 500mg Tablets
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Valtrex 500mg Tablets for Herpes
Genital herpes affects up to 23% of adults in the UK. Flare ups can often be painful and embarrassing. Whilst there is no cure for Herpes, fortunately antiviral medication such as Valtrex 500mg tablets can be purchased online from Medicine Direct which can reduce the painful and embarrassing symptoms of herpes as soon as they start to appear.
What is Valtrex?
Valtrex is the branded version of valaciclovir, it is a prescription-only medication that belongs to a group of drugs known as antivirals.
Valtrex can also be used to treat shingles in adults.
What is Valtrex used to treat?
Valtrex 500mg tablets are prescribed to provide effective treatment for the herpes simplex virus (HSV). This virus is responsible for causing outbreaks of the likes of cold sores and genital herpes. It can be used by adults and children over the age of 12 to treat these conditions and prevent them from reoccurring.
To treat genital herpes and other skin infections caused by the herpes virus, you will normally be instructed to use this medication for five days.
Valtrex 500mg tablets can also be prescribed as a treatment for shingles in adults.
It is important to remember that taking Valtrex 500mg tablets will not completely remove the risk of passing on genital herpes or other forms of the herpes simplex virus sexually.
It should not be used as a form of contraception. When you use Valtrex, you should still practice safe sex; if you have visible sores, you are advised to avoid having sex altogether.
How does Valtrex treat herpes?
Valtrex 500mg tablets contain the active ingredient valaciclovir. Once you take the tablets, this ingredient is broken down into aciclovir, which is activated once it enters the infected cells and blocks an enzyme within the virus, DNA polymerase.
This stops the virus from being able to multiply and spread, which then allows your immune system to effectively fight off the infection on its own.
When taken correctly, valtrex can help your cold sores clear up quicker and also reduces the number of cold sores you get as a whole.
Who can use Valtrex?
Valtrex is not suitable for everyone to take.
This medicine must not be taken by children who are under the age of 12.
Do not take Valtrex 500mg if any of the following apply to you:
- You are allergic to valaciclovir or aciclovir tablets, or any of the other ingredients contained in these tablets (please refer to the ingredients tab for a full list of substances)
- You have ever had an extended rash after taking valaciclovir that was associated with fever, enlarged lymph nodes, increased levels of liver enzymes and/or eosinophilia
Valtrex over the counter
Valtrex is a prescription-only medicine (POM). It can only be bought when prescribed by a doctor.
Buying Valtrex online in the UK
You can buy Valtrex online, but as this is a prescription medicine, you should only do so from a regulated pharmacy like Medicine Direct. All you need to do is complete a confidential online questionnaire on our website. Your answers will be checked by a registered doctor, pharmacist or prescriber, who will assess your condition to make sure Valtrex is suitable for you.
Next day delivery is available if your order is placed by 2pm.
Medicine Direct stock several treatments for genital herpes. We also stock generic Valaciclovir tablets for this condition. Valaciclovir is the active ingredient contained in Valtrex and will work in the same way to relieve the condition.
Aciclovir is another oral medication that effectively relieves genital herpes, it is available to buy as tablets or as a cream.
Topical treatments like Lidocaine are also available to buy online from medicine direct.
Other tactics you can try to easy your herpes symptoms include:
- Use Vaseline on the blisters to relieve discomfort and aid in the healing process
- Take pain relief tablets like Naproxen
- Keep the affected area clean using either water or salt water
- Avoid any known triggers of the problem, such as alcohol
- Do not wear tight clothing
Valtrex dosage for suppression
The typical dose of Valtrex for HSV is 500mg twice daily, although this will depend on your condition.
Herpes simplex Virus (HSV)
500mg twice daily
Source - NICE
These doses may be adjusted by your doctor if:
- You have a weak immune system
- You are over the age of 65
- You have any kidney problems
How to take Valtrex
You should take Valtrex on the first day of noticing a cold sore starting to develop. Valtrex will prevent the herpes virus spreading along the skin and will rapidly reduce symptoms.
Swallow Valtrex tablets whole with a drink of water. Do not crush or chew them.
Take this medicine at the same time(s) each day.
While taking Valtrex, you should drink plenty of water throughout the day. This will reduce the risk of side effects that can affect the nervous system or kidneys.
Always read the patient information leaflet, which will come with your tablets, for full instructions on how to take Valtrex.
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Valtrex Side Effects
Rare side effects associated with Valtrex 500mg may affect up to 1 in 1,000 people and include:
- Altered brain function
- Convulsions (fits)
- A lack of coordination, unsteady when walking
- Speech becomes slow and slurred
- Kidney problems (urinating very little or not urinating at all)
Always refer to the patient information leaflet for full details on side effects. If you have any concerns about side effects or how to deal with them, please do not hesitate to talk to your doctor or pharmacist about your concerns, before you start to take this treatment.
Before you start using Valtrex 500mg tablets, please ensure you inform your doctor or pharmacist if you are already taking any prescription or non-prescription medicines, herbal remedies, vitamins or supplements.
Valtrex suppressive treatment during pregnancy
Valtrex helps to reduce how active the virus is, reduce active cold sores that appear on the skin and also help to improve the time needed for cold sores to heal.
There is no evidence to suggest that Valtrex should not be taken during pregnancy, as such it does not appear to cause any serious side effects to mother or baby.
You should also inform your doctor or pharmacist if you are currently breastfeeding.
The main active ingredient within this medicine is: Valaciclovir hydrochloride
For a full list of the inactive ingredients, please read the Summary of Product Characteristics
Valtrex Prices (UK)
|Valtrex 500mg Tablets||10 Tablets (1 Outbreak)||£39.99|
|Valtrex 500mg Tablets||20 Tablets (2 Outbreaks)||£64.99|
|Valtrex 500mg Tablets||30 Tablets (3 Outbreaks)||£99.99|
|Valtrex 500mg Tablets||84 Tablets (3 Month Suppression)||£219.99|
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