Valcivir (Valacyclovir HCL)
What is Valcivir (Valacyclovir HCL) used for?
Valcivir (Valacyclovir HCL) is given to patients as a treatment for herpes zoster (also known as shingles) and infections caused by the herpes virus in children and adults including chickenpox, cold sores and genital herpes. This medication will not cure herpes infections, but it will reduce the pain and itching caused by these symptoms, while also helping sores to heal.
How should I use Valcivir (Valacyclovir HCL)?
Valcivir (Valacyclovir HCL) tablets should be taken orally. The dosage and treatment period depends on the condition being treated. Adult patients with shingles may be told by their physician to take this drug 3 times per day at 8 hour intervals, for a period of 7 days. Adults treating genital herpes may be told to take it twice per day for a period of 5 days. The dosage for all patients will be decided by a physician, and you must follow the instructions of your physician and only take the prescribed amount.
What are the side effects of Valcivir (Valacyclovir HCL)?
Side effects of Valcivir (Valacyclovir HCL) include joint pain, menstrual pain or a sore throat. Consult your physician immediately if you notice:
Strictly follow all instructions provided to you by your physician or pharmacist while using Valcivir (Valacyclovir HCL). Optimum and safe dosage can differ based on the patient and the condition being treated.
As this medication may be unsafe for certain patients, it is essential you always inform your physician if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, as well as if you have any allergies, other illnesses, or ongoing health conditions, and if you are taking any other form of medication, supplements, or herbal products.
Immediately seek emergency medical care if you have any allergic or hypersensitive reaction. Common signs of a reaction include hives, swelling, skin rashes, chest pains, as well as trouble breathing or swallowing.