VALTREX DRUG INFO
The following information is intended to supplement, not substitute
for, the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacist or
other healthcare professional. It should not be misconstrued to indicate
that use of this particular drug is safe, appropriate, or effective for you.
Be sure to consult your healthcare professional before using this drug.
COMMON BRAND NAME(S): Valtrex
USES: Valacyclovir is an antiviral
agent used in the treatment of shingles (herpes zoster) or genital
OTHER USES: This medication may
also be used for cold sores (herpes simplex).
HOW TO USE: Take Valtrex
by mouth as directed. Take all this medication as prescribed. Do
not skip doses or stop taking this without your doctor's approval.
Ceasing therapy too soon may cause this treatment to be ineffective. For
best results, take this medication at regular, paced intervals throughout
the daytime and evening hours.
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. If your condition appears to worsen, contact your physician.
Use caution if you're planning to operate machinery or participate in
activities that require an alert state as this medicine has the potential to cause dizziness. If you notice other
effects from Valtrex not listed above, contact your
physician or pharmacist as soon as you are able.
PRECAUTIONS: Do not take valacyclovir without first talking to your doctor if
you are allergic to acyclovir (Zovirax). Before taking this medication, tell your
doctor if you have kidney disease or immune system problems. You may need a dosage
adjustment or special monitoring during treatment with valacyclovir. Valtrex is
categorized by the FDA as a pregnancy category B medicine. This means that it is not expected to be harmful
to an unborn baby. Do not take Valtrex without first talking to your doctor
if you are pregnant or if you are planning to become pregnant during treatment. It is not known whether
Valtrex passes into breast milk and how it may affect a nursing baby.
Do not take this medication without first talking to your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.
DRUG INTERACTIONS: Tell your doctor
of any over-the-counter or prescription medication you may take
including: cimetidine, probenecid. Do not start or stop any medicine
without doctor or pharmacist approval.
OVERDOSE: If overdose is suspected,
contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately.
Symptoms of overdose may include sluggishness, change in amount
of urine, loss of consciousness, or seizures.
NOTES: Valtrex has been shown to be most
effective if started within 48 hours of when the rash first
MISSED DOSE: Try to take each dose
at the same time each day. If you miss a dose, take it as soon as it's 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.
STORAGE: Store Valtrex
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.