: Valtrex (GSK)
: Valacyclovir Hydrochloride, Valacyclovir
: Antiviral used to treat herpes simplex and shingles
: GSK Valtrex: 500mg and 1000mg. Generic Valtrex: 250mg, 500mg and 1000mg
How Valacyclovir Hydrochloride Works
Valacyclovir aka Valtrex is an antiviral drugs primarily used to treat viral infections affecting the skin i.e.: genital herpes, cold sores and shingles. Valacyclovir does not cure viral infections it only treats and prevents recurrences. When used to treat genital herpes, Valacyclovir reduces the transmission and spreading the infections to partners. Valacyclovir is to be taken exactly as prescribed.
Generic Valacyclovir Hydrochloride vs Brand Valtrex
Valacyclovir is the generic counterpart of Valtrex and is the active ingredient found in the brand and generic. Brand Valtrex and generic Valacyclovir are identical in dose, strength, safety, efficiency and its intended use. The main difference is that the generic is not manufactured in a Gsk facility; it is manufactured by a different manufacturer. We currently have the brand from Turkey and the generic from India and Canada. It may come from other countries around the world.
Valacyclovir Hydrochloride Possible side effects
While taking Valacyclovir certain individual may experience side effects. Consult with your doctor of pharmacist if any of the following side effects become bothersome or severe. Some individuals may experience side effects other than those listed and while most of these side effects don’t happen often, it is important to seek medical attention as they could lead to problems down the road.
• Abdominal pain
• Dry mouth
• Flu-like symptoms
• Joint pain
• Loss of appetite
• Nausea or vomiting
• Skin rash
Valacyclovir Hydrochloride Guidelines
This medication is not for everyone; brand Valtrex and Generic Valtrex are for adults with healthy immune systems. It is imperative to understand that Valacyclovir does not cure viral infections, it only treats the symptoms. If you or your partner is taking Valacyclovir to treat genital herpes to reduce the risk of spreading herpes, always use safe sex practices. Tell your doctor about any medical conditions you may have or other medications you are taking as this may affect the way you should take this medication.
The generic alternative is not manufactured by the company that makes the brand product.
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