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What is Valtrex?
Valtrex is a new high-performance product for the treatment of herpes; it is a second-generation antiviral product that came to replace acyclovir and its analogues. The active ingredient is valaciclovir. Valaciclovir accumulates only in those cells where the virus multiplies. Passing complex chain of chemical reactions inside the cell, valaciclovir is embedded inthe virus and irreversibly blocks its reduplication. The medicine is produced in form of tablets for oral administration.
Valtrex is a potential new generation antiviral medicine administered for peroral use. Valtrex is applied for the treatment of skin diseases of the mucous membranes caused by the virus Herpes simplex (including genital herpes) and as relapse prevention for diseases caused by the virus Herpes simplex. Valtrex is also used to prevent CMV infection and disease developing after organ transplantation.
How to Use It?
Dose and duration of treatment depend on the type and extent of the disease and response to the therapy of every individual patient. Valtrex is administered in the form of tablet for the treatment of herpes zoster by 1g 3 times daily for 7 days; for the treatment of Herpes simplex – 500mg 2 times a day. In recurrent disease caused by the virus Herpes simplex, treatment begins immediately after the onset of symptoms within 5 days. If necessary, the first phase of treatment duration is increased to 10 days. More details are provided in the manufacturer’s instructions.
Persons with hypersensitivity, bone marrow transplantation, symptomatic HIV infection, a kidney transplant, liver/kidney failure, pregnancy, and lactation should restrain from its therapy. Valtrex should not be used in infants.