Posted by William on July 15, 2009
You may be perplexed and shocked to have been diagnosed with genital herpes, but this literature will help when your doctor prescribes Valtrex to you. Genital herpes is extremely treatable, but cannot be cured. Genital herpes can cause quite a few effects to your life, but it can be controlled.
If generic Valtrex has been prescribed to treat your genital herpes, you will find this article helpful. Since Valtrex will become an integral part of your daily routine, this information will help you feel more comfortable using it.
The drug of choice for genital herpes is Valacyclovir Hydrochloride, or Valtrex. Valtrex looks like oblong blue pills. The tablets are made in strengths of 500 mg and 1000 mg. Take 1 gm Valtrex twice a day for 10 days to treat genital herpes. 500 milligrams twice daily for 3 days is the dose for treatment of recurrent genital herpes. Cold sores created by herpes can actually be treated by Valtrex. Begin treatment at the first sign of a cold sore with 2 grams of Valtrex two times a day, for one day.
Valacyclovir Hydrochloride is the main ingredient in Valtrex and it works because your body’s metabolism converts it to acyclovir via the hepatic and first-pass intestinal system. Acyclovir is really a fake acyclic nucleotide that prevents the herpes virus from working. The acyclovir now becomes part of the DNA chain, and the DNA chain which contains the herpes virus is eliminated. This process is constantly repeating itself, so the herpes virus and symptoms are treated, but not cured. Two and half to three hours after swallowing Valtrex, it’s effectiveness will peak. If you are taking cimetidine (Tagamet) or probenacid (Benemid), Valtrex may slow down their elimination.
Do not give Valtrex to patients who show a sensitivity to Valacyclovir Hydrochloride in any form. If you are a patient who has some sort of renal impairment and your doctor has prescribed Valtrex to you, please ensure your doctor prescribes a reduced dosage of Valtrex.
Acyclovir can build up in the renal tubes if you are dehydrated. (This is the reason that it is vital to drink lots of fluids while you are using Valtrex.) Your physician should have let you know that even when you are taking Valtrex, the herpes virus can become active in your body due to viral mutations; at those times, you must practice extremely safe sex or abstain completely in order to avoid infecting your partner.
Valtrex can produce side effects such as stomach pain, vomiting, nausea, and headache. Tremors may also be noted. It is important to seek emergency medical services immediately if you experience any sort of allergic reaction which can include hives, rashes, or swelling of the throat. If you forget a dose, then take it once you realize this. However, don’t do this if it’s near the time of your next dose. Never take more than one dose. Keep Valtrex out of sunlight, away from children, and in a cool, dry place. Valtrex might lose its potency in sunlight. Remember not to cease consuming Valtrex if your symptoms of herpes lessen, or you start to feel better.
Warm baths, and drugs that relieve pain such as Ibuprofen, can relieve symptoms but you can also try one of the anti-viral and daily suppressive medications such as Famciclovir (Famvir) and Acyclovir (Zovirax).