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Valacyclovir - An Overview
Valacyclovir is an antiviral drug that is indicated for the treatment of cold sores and genital herpes in adult patients. Push Health helps people who are in need of a valacyclovir prescription connect with a medical provider to get a valacyclovir HCl prescription, including valacyclovir 500 mg, when appropriate.
Valacyclovir - Administration and Use
Valacyclovir, marketed under the brand name Valtrex, belongs to a class of medications known as nucleoside analogue DNA polymerase inhibitors. Valacyclovir is indicated for the treatment of adult cold sores (herpes labialis) and genital herpes in immunocompetent patient and for reduction of transmission. After administration, valacyclovir hydrochloride is rapidly converted to acyclovir which has antiviral activity against HSV types 1 and 2 (HSV-1 and HSV-2 respectively) and VZV. Valacyclovir is similar to the medication famciclovir.
After oral administration, valacyclovir is rapidly absorbed and is converted to acyclovir and L-valine in the intestines and/or the liver. Plasma concentrations of unconverted valacyclovir are low. The plasma elimination half-life of acyclovir (converted from valacyclovir) was 2.5 to 3.3 hours in volunteers with normal renal function.
Valacyclovir - Dosage
Valacyclovir hydrochloride itself is a white to off-white powder. Valacyclovir caplets are typically oral caplets that contain valacyclovir hydrochloride equivalent to 500 mg or 1 gram of valacyclovir. These caplets also contain other inactive ingredients such as carnauba wax and silicon dioxide. For adults with cold sores, some regimens use a valacyclovir dosage of 2 grams every 12 hours for 1 day. For genital herpes, some regimens use valacyclovir dosing of 500 mg to 1 gram twice daily for up to 10 days. The final valacyclovir dosing protocol is determined at the discretion of the prescribing medical provider. Valacyclovir caplets should be stored at 15 ° to 25 ° C.
Valacyclovir - Costs and OTC Details
Valacyclovir is a prescription medication and, as a result, one cannot get valacyclovir HCl over-the-counter (valacyclovir OTC). Instead, one must get a prescription from a medical provider before being able to obtain valacyclovir pills. Valacyclovir medication costs less than $1 per tablet at many pharmacies. Valacyclovir coupons may be available from time to time from the manufacturer or places like sexual health organizations.
Can I Buy Valacyclovir Online?
Valacyclovir is not available over-the-counter (OTC) and one cannot legitimately buy valacyclovir online. Instead, valacyclovir requires a prescription in order to be dispensed by a pharmacy. Push Health can connect people who need a valacyclovir prescription with a medical provider who can, when appropriate, prescribe valacyclovir, including valacyclovir 500 mg tablets.
Valacyclovir - Side Effects
Valacyclovir has side effects and should not be given to anyone who has had previous hypersensitivity or allergy to the drug. More common side effects of taking valacyclovir drug are headache, nausea and abdominal pain. Valacyclovir has also been reported to cause thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura / hemolytic uremic syndrome (TTP/HUS), acute renal failure and adverse central nervous system events. Questions related to potential side effects from taking valacyclovir pills should be directed to one's medical provider and pharmacist.
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Last updated February 6, 2021. Given the evolving nature of medicine and science, this information might not be accurate and should not be construed as medical advice or diagnosis / treatment recommendations. Please consult a licensed medical provider if you have additional questions.