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Valtrex

Valtrex is a prescription medication used to treat the herpes simplex virus. Herpes is a highly contagious virus that causes outbreaks of cold sores and genital herpes, which can be recurrent as the virus stays dormant in the body once contracted. Not everyone experiences symptoms of the herpes virus, but if you do you may need medication. Valtrex contains the active ingredient, valaciclovir, and belongs to a group of medicines called antivirals. Valtrex treats cold sores and genital herpes in adults and adolescents over the age of 12, shingles in adults, and infections if the skin and eyes caused by the herpes simplex virus.


Please seeValtrex Patient Information Leaflet

Last Patient Information Leaflet Review: 15/01/2020

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Dr. Diana Gall GMC No. 7685129

Dr Diana Gall graduated from medical school in 2005 and has since undertaken further intensive training in many different areas of medicine. Dr Diana has reached consultant level and has practiced medicine all over Europe.

Shamir Patel GPHC No. 2049338

Shamir is a well-respected pharmacist with extensive experience running online pharmacies in the UK.

How does Valtrex work?

The active ingredient in Valtrex, valaciclovir, treats and prevents outbreaks of the herpes simplex virus, varicella zoster virus, and cytomegalovirus. Valaciclovir can’t cure the herpes simplex but it can help to control the symptoms. It does this by stopping the virus from growing and multiplying, and blocking the enzyme which is vital for the survival of the virus. By stopping the virus from multiplying the duration of the infection is shortened and the severity of the symptoms is reduced. Valtrex can help sores heal faster, and prevent outbreaks if you suffer recurrent bouts of infection.

Who is Valtrex suitable for?

Valtrex is suitable for adults and adolescents over the age of 12 who are having recurrent outbreaks of the herpes simplex virus, or whose symptoms are severe or bothersome. Some people are at risk of complications of herpes such as those with weakened immune systems and will need medicine to control the symptoms and fight the infection fast.

Who is Valtrex not suitable for?

Not everyone with the herpes simplex virus will be suitable for this type of medicine. There are a number of factors which may make you unsuitable to take Valtrex. If you’re taking other medicines this may cause interaction with the ingredients in Valtrex which may lessen or increase its effect, or cause side effects. You may also be unsuitable if you have a health condition which could be worsened by taking this medicine. You should always consult your GP if you’re taking other medication, have a health condition or have a history of certain conditions, or are pregnant, to ensure that this medicine is safe for you to take.

Valtrex and pregnancy

Taking Valtrex while pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or breastfeeding is not recommended. If you have the herpes virus and need to be treated during pregnancy you should always consult your doctor first who can weigh up the benefits and risks of taking this medicine and ensure that there is no harm to your baby.

Valtrex and health conditions

Always ask you doctor if Valtrex is suitable to take if you have other health conditions. This medicine may not be suitable to take with certain health conditions due to the risk of worsening the condition or causing side effects. Speak to a doctor before taking this medicine if you have the following conditions:

  • Kidney problems
  • Liver problems
  • Have a weakened immune system

If you’re allergic to valaciclovir or aciclovir, or any other ingredient in this medication you will not be suitable as allergic reactions can be dangerous and life threatening.

Valtrex and other medication

When starting a new medication you should always check that it is safe to take with other medicines that you may be currently taking to avoid side effects and interaction between the drugs. There are some medicines which may interact with Valtrex and these include any medicines that affect the kidneys such as:

  • Aminoglycosides
  • Organoplatinum compounds
  • Iodinated contrast media
  • Methotrexate
  • Pentamidine
  • Foscarnet
  • Ciclosporin
  • Tacrolimus
  • Cimetidine
  • Probenecid

Tell your doctor if you’re taking any other medication including non-prescription and herbal medicines.

How to take Valtrex

Valtrex is taken orally and the dosage and duration depends on the type of infection it is being used to treat. Cold sores are usually treated with a dose of Valtrex for one day, 2000mg twice a day. The recommended dose for genital herpes is 500mg once a day. If you’re have recurrent outbreaks of herpes, and need to take Valtrex for longer periods the dose may be altered to 250mg twice a day.

Your dose may also be adjusted if you’re over the age of 65, have a weakened immune system or have kidney problems.

What are the side effects of Valtrex?

All medicines have side effects, some are more common than others and some are more severe, however, not everyone will experience side effects. Some side effects will affect 1 in 10 people, or as little as 1 in 1,000 people. If you experience any of the following side effects while taking this medication you should see your doctor as soon as possible to find an alternative treatment for your infection or change the dose.

Common side effects

Side effects which can occur more frequently include:

  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Dizziness
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhoea
  • Skin reaction after exposure to sunlight
  • Rash
  • Itching

Uncommon/rare side effects

There are some side effects which can be serious but are rare and may only affect 1 in 100 people, or 1 in 1,000 people. Rarer side effects include:

  • Feeling confused
  • Hallucinations
  • Drowsiness
  • Tremors
  • Feeling agitated
  • Lack of coordination
  • Slurred speech
  • Fits
  • Altered brain function
  • Unconsciousness
  • Delirium

You should pay particular attention to the rare side effect of an allergic reaction. Symptoms include itchy skin rash, swelling of the lips, face, neck and throat, difficulty breathing, fall in blood pressure and collapsing. If you experience these side effects you should seek emergency medical help as allergic reactions can be life threatening, but are rare.

This is not an exhaustive list of the side effects of this medication and you should consult the patient information leaflet and a doctor to find out more about the side effects.

Can Valtrex effectively treat the herpes virus?

Although Valtrex cannot cure herpes, as once caught herpes is a virus that stays in your body for life, it can however effectively treat the symptoms and prevent outbreaks. If taken correctly Valtrex can help keep the virus at bay if you’re prone to recurrent outbreaks, and help heal sores faster.

Can you buy Valtrex online?

Yes, Valtrex can be bought safely online at Doctor-4-U. We have GMC (General Medical Council) registered doctors on hand who make buying medication online safe, convenient, and fast. You can order your prescription medication from the comfort of your home by submitting a medical consultation form and relevant details which are reviewed by our online doctors to determine your suitability. Once you have been deemed suitable to take this particular medication it will be dispensed by our UK-based pharmacy and sent to you via a tracked courier service.

How is my order shipped to me?

When an order is ready for shipping, it is collected and delivered by either the Royal Mail or DPD depending on your preference (or possibly your location or the item you ordered). Each order is assigned a tracking number, which will be emailed to you at the time of dispatch. Your medicine will be sent in plain and discreet packaging that’s eco-friendly. We do not include any branding on our packaging nor any labels which inform readers what type of product is contained within.

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The following delivery methods are currently available within the UK: All orders are sent in discreet, plain packaging.

UK Standard Delivery, £1.99

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Orders signed by the doctor before 12 noon the day before will be delivered by 10:30am the following working day

If your order is signed by the doctor after 12 noon, your order will be delivered within 2 working days

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Orders signed by the doctor before 12 noon the day before will be delivered the following Saturday

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Orders signed by the doctor before 12 noon the day before will be delivered by 12:00am Saturday

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