What is Valtrex?
The use of antiviral drugs does not prevent the spread of the herpes virus. The fact that it is sexually transmitted makes it even harder to fight. That's why genital herpes is considered to be highly contagious and problematic.
This infection is caused by the herpes simplex virus 1 (or oral herpes) and the herpes simplex virus 2. Genital herpes leads to outbreaks of herpes ulcers. After the outbreak, the painful blisters spread, break, open and release fluid. It’s important to respond quickly and get the infection under control. That’s when treatment should be applied. Valtrex is the brand name for Valacyclovir, an antiviral drug prescribed to treat the infection in adults. Apart from reducing the symptoms, it also eases your pain. The drug contains the active substance Valacyclovir and is manufactured by the GlaxoSmithKline GmbH & Co. KG. It is among the most popular and effective genital herpes treatments.
How does Valtrex work?
The drug works by significantly reducing the symptoms and shortening the infection time. Valtrex, which is effectively used for genital herpes treatment, stops the growth and rupture of the blisters and facilitates the entire healing process. However, as soon as the herpes virus inhabits your body, it persists between further outbreaks. Scientists have been trying for years to create a herpes vaccine, but their efforts have not brought any results, so far. Valtrex is indicated because it holds the infection under control and stops the outbreaks from spreading.
These tablets are used in both children and adults for several different infections. As a result, the prescribed doses can vary. For the genital herpes treatment, the recommended dosage is one gram, twice a day, for 10 days.
Please note that the dose may change depending on whether the infection is recurrent or not, as well as if the drug is used for suppressive therapy. You should also inform your doctor if you are HIV positive, as in this case, the dose may change.
Therapy should be started and administered as soon as possible, as delayed therapy may reduce the effectiveness of the drug. At Apomeds, you can also order your refill pack and if you want to change the Valtrex dosage, our UK-approved doctors can help you.
Like with all medications, Valtrex might have some undesirable side effects. Some of them are mild and go away fast.
The most common side effects include:
- Loss of appetite
- Empty or sad feelings
- Loss of interest or pleasure
- Concentration difficulties
- Sleep disorders
The rare side effects include:
- Black and tar-containing stool
- Chest pain
- Decreased urination frequency
- Decreased urine output
- Flu-like symptoms
- Back or side pain
- Decreased mental alertness
- Yellow skin or eyes
- Shortness of breath
If any of the above or other side effects occur, tell your doctor immediately. Read the Patient Information Leaflet for detailed information on side effects, contraindications, and drug interactions.
Contraindications and interactions with other medications
As this drug is a type of antiviral drug, it may inactivate a Varicella or Zoster vaccine before the person's immune defenses against the virus can fully develop. The benefits of the vaccine could be completely lost, regardless of the vaccine. Consequently, it’s important to tell your doctor if you have recently been vaccinated before using Valtrex.
Other drugs that may interact with Valtrex are:
- As this drug is a type of antiviral drug, it may inactivate a Varicella or Zoster vaccine before the person's immune defenses against the virus can fully develop. The benefits of the vaccine could be completely lost, regardless of the vaccine. Tell your doctor if you have recently been vaccinated.
- Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as Naproxen or Ibuprofen may interact with Valtrex.
- Acyclovir and Valtrex are very similar, so they should not be taken at the same time.
- Cimetidine (Tagamet) and Probenecid (Benemid) are medicines that could reduce the potential for eliminating Valtrex in the kidneys, which could cause numerous side effects due to the high concentration of Valtrex in the blood.
You should also avoid drinking alcohol during the treatment, as combining them may increase the risk of adverse effects, like dizziness. Finally, you should tell your doctor about all prescription, non-prescription, and recreational drugs, as well as any herbal or nutritional supplements you use.
Is it possible to buy Valtrex without a prescription?
It is not possible to buy Valtrex in the UK without a prescription. We have made it much easier for you to get an online prescription for this drug. All you have to do is complete our medical questionnaire! Once your answers have been reviewed by our EU-certified physicians and you receive your online prescription, the drug will be sent to your home address, discreetly packaged, by a mail-order pharmacy. Next to Valtrex, we also offer Aciclovir for the treatment of genital herpes.
Order Valtrex online
If you have problems with any form of the herpes virus, Valtrex is the right medicine for you. At Apomeds, you can get an online prescription for this drug. We connect you to a mail-order pharmacy and qualified EU-licensed physicians, who will assess whether this medication is right for you or not.
Disclaimer: Please note that the drug you see in the picture indicates one of the possible manufacturers of the drug. We might send you a drug from a different manufacturer. All products on our platform comply with the highest EU-standards.