It slows the growth and spread of the herpes virus to help the body fight the infection. Valacyclovir is used to treat infections caused by herpes viruses, including genital herpes, cold sores, and shingles (herpes zoster) in adults. Valacyclovir is used to treat cold sores in children who are at least 12 years old, or chickenpox in children who are at least 2 years old. Valacyclovir will not cure herpes and will not prevent you from spreading the virus to other people. However, this medicine can lessen the symptoms of an infection. Before taking valacyclovir, tell your doctor if you have HIV/AIDS, a weak immune system, kidney disease (or if you are on dialysis), or if you have had a kidney or bone marrow transplant. Valacyclovir can be harmful to the kidneys, and these effects are increased when it is used together with other medicines that can harm the kidneys. It comes in the form of a tablet you take by mouth. Valacyclovir is available as a brand-name drug called Valtrex. Generic drugs usually cost less than the brand-name version. In some cases, they may not be available in every strength or form as the brand-name drug. This drug may be used as part of a combination therapy. This means you may need to take it with other medications. Valacyclovir is used to treat viral infections caused by a group of viruses called herpes simplex viruses. These infections include oral and genital herpes, shingles, and chickenpox.
Each blue, film-coated, capsule-shaped tablet caplet printed with edible white ink with "VALTREX 500 mg" contains valacyclovir HCl equivalent to 500 mg. Valtrex valacyclovir is a prescription medication used to treat shingles, cold sores, genital herpes. Common side effects are nausea, vomiting, and headache. Drug interactions, uses, dosing, and pregnancy and breastfeeding safety information are provided.