The following information is a summary about Valtrex. It is not intended to replace a doctor''s instructions.
Valtrex is an antiviral agent used in the treatment of herpes zoster (shingles), genital herpes and is also being used for herpes simplex (cold sores).
HOW TO USE ValtrexICATION
Take Valtrex by mouth as prescribed. Do not skip doses or stop taking it without your doctor''s approval. Stopping therapy too soon may result in ineffective treatment.
Nausea, vomiting, headache, loss of appetite, weakness, stomach pain or dizziness may occur the first several days as your body adjusts to the med. If any of these effects continue or become bothersome, inform your doctor. Notify your doctor if your condition does not appear to improve or you experience a worsening of symptoms while taking Valtrex.
Tell your doctor if you have any kidney disease, blood disorders or if you have any allergies. Valtrex should be used only if clearly needed during pregnancy. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor. It is not known if Valtrex appears in breast milk. Consult with your doctor before breast-feeding.
Tell your doctor of any over-the-counter or prescription med you may take including cimetidine or probenecid.
Valtrex is most effective if it is started within 48 hours of when the rash first appears.
Try to take each dose at the scheduled time. If you miss a dose, take it as soon as 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.
Store Valtrex at room temperature between 59 and 77 degrees F (15 to 25 degrees C) away from heat and light. Keep this and all meds out of the reach of children.
For more information on Valtrex, you can visit http://www.valtrex.com.