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Valtrex, which is generically prescribed as valacyclovir, is commonly used to treat the symptoms of herpes, genital herpes, shingles, and cold sores. Valtrex has also been proven to be effective in the suppression of outbreaks relating to herpes, genital herpes, shingles, and cold sores. Valtrex, however, is not considered a cure for these viruses.

Valtrex is not appropriate for everyone. A thorough medical history should be assessed prior to prescribing this medication. Patients with a medical history which includes a previous allergic reaction to valacyclovir or Zovirax, kidney disease, or a compromised immune system may not be able to take Valtrex or may require careful monitoring while undergoing drug therapy with this medication, depending on the condition and the severity of the condition.

The American Food and Drug Administration rated Valtrex as a pregnancy risk category B, which means that Valtrex is not known to cause harm or birth defects in unborn babies. It has yet to be determined whether Valtrex passes through the mother’s breast milk and affects a nursing baby. The prescribing physician should discuss whether the benefits outweigh the risks before prescribing this medication to a pregnant woman and should avoid prescribing Valtrex to a woman who is nursing.

There is a risk of side effects associated with Valtrex, some of which are severe. A patient who is experiencing a serious side effect or an allergic reaction should seek immediate emergency medical attention. An allergic reaction will present with symptoms which include facial swelling, such as swelling of the lips, mouth, tongue, or throat, hives, and difficulty breathing. Other serious side effects which require emergency medical attention include symptoms such as dehydration associated with vomiting or diarrhea, migraine headaches, or uncontrollable tremors.

Other less serious side effects typically do not require emergency medical care but should be reported to the prescribing physician. Patients should be encouraged to report all side effects. Less serious side effects include symptoms such as headaches, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, constipation, abdominal pain, dizziness, and tremors. Less serious side effects can often be reduced to a tolerable level by reducing the dosage of Valtrex.

Valtrex should be taken exactly as it has been prescribed by the physician. If a patient misses a dose, the dose should be taken as soon as it is remembered. However, if it is almost time for the next scheduled dose, the missed dose should be skipped to avoid the potential for an overdose. The patient should never take a double dose of this medication. If an overdose is suspected, the patient should seek immediate emergency medical attention. An overdose will present with symptoms which include decreased urine output or no urine output, kidney damage, hallucinations, and seizures.

There is a risk of drug interaction associated with Valtrex. A thorough medical history should be understood prior to prescribing this medication. Patients should be urged to inquire with the prescribing physician before taking any new medications, including over the counter medications and herbal remedies. Medications with known drug interactions with Valtrex include probenecid and cimetidine. Even with treatment it is still possible to spread herpes. Valtrex does not prevent the transmission of herpes from one person to another. It is possible to spread herpes even when the breakout has been suppressed. Careful hygiene and sexual practices are necessary to prevent the spread of herpes.

Valtrex has the following structural formula:

Chemical structure of valtrex


• Molecular formula of valtrex is C8H11N5O3
• Chemical IUPAC Name is 2-amino-9-(2-hydroxyethoxymethyl)-3H-purin-6-one
• Molecular weight is 225.205 g/mol
Valtrex available : 1gm tablets, 500mg tablets

Generic name: Acyclovir

Brand name(s): Aciclovier, Aciclovir, Acycloguanosine, Acyclovir sodium, Alti-Acyclovir, Avirax, Vipral, Virorax, Zovirax

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