Medicine Overview of Herpival Tablet
Headache, Nausea, Vomiting, Rash, Dizziness, Diarrhoea, Itching, Photosensitivity.
Take this medicine in the dose and duration as advised by your doctor. Swallow it as a whole. Do not chew, crush or break it. Herpival 1000mg Tablet may be taken with or without food, but it is better to take it at a fixed time.
The tablet should be swallowed with a sufficient amount of fluid (e.g. one glass of water)
Herpival 1000mg Tablet is an antiviral medication. It prevents the multiplication of the virus in human cells. Thus stops the virus from producing new viruses.
In Depth Information on Herpival Tablet
Herpival Tablet related warnings
It is generally safe to consume alcohol with Herpival 1000mg Tablet.
Herpival 1000mg Tablet is probably safe to use during pregnancy.
Animal studies have shown low or no adverse effect on the foetus, however, there are limited human studies. Please consult your doctor.
Herpival 1000mg Tablet is safe to use during lactation.
Human studies have shown that either the drug does not pass into the breastmilk in significant amount or is not expected to cause toxicity to the baby.
Herpival 1000mg Tablet may make you feel dizzy, sleepy, tired, or decrease alertness. If this happens, do not drive.
Herpival 1000mg Tablet should be used with caution in patients with kidney disease. Dose adjustment of Herpival 1000mg Tablet may be needed. Please consult your doctor.
Drink plenty of water while you are taking this medicine to lower the side effects on the kidney.
Herpival 1000mg Tablet is safe to use in patients with liver disease. No dose adjustment of Herpival 1000mg Tablet is recommended.
If you miss a dose of Herpival 1000mg Tablet, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular schedule. Do not double the dose.
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Frequently asked questions about Herpival Tablet
Q. Can I use Herpival to prevent transmission?
Yes. Herpival can be used to prevent transmission. It causes reduction of Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV) transmission from patient with recurrent infection to uninfected individuals.
Q. Is Herpival a penicillin?
No. Herpival is not a penicillin. Penicillins are a group of antibiotics used against many bacterial infections. Herpival, on the other hand, is an anti-viral agent.
Q. Can I use Herpival for acne?
No. Herpival is not approved for acne. It is used in the treatment of herpes labialis, genital herpes infection and herpes zoster.
Q. What if Herpival is taken with guaifenesin?
Herpival has no known interaction with guaifenesin.
Q. Is Herpival a corticosteroid?
No. Herpival is not a corticosteroid. It belongs to the anti-viral class of medicines.
Q. Can I use Herpival for the cold?
No. Herpival should not be used for cold. It is used in the treatment of herpes labialis, genital herpes infection and herpes zoster.
Q. When Herpival doesn't work?
Herpival has the highest efficacy against Herpes Simplex Virus infections and to some extent Varicella Zoster Virus infections. It may also have activity against CMV and EBV. However, it will not work against other viral infections (HIV, HPV, Influenza), bacterial or fungal infections.
Q. Can I use Herpival for eye herpes?
Yes. Herpival can be used for the treatment of Herpetic Eye.It has been shown to be as effective as acyclovir in reducing the recurrence of an ocular herpetic disease.
Q. What if Herpival is taken with antibiotics?
Herpival has no known major interaction with commonly prescribed antibiotics.
Q. What is the effect of Herpival in immunocompromised patients?
Herpival can be used in immunocompromised patients. It may decrease white blood cell counts in immunocompromised patients.
Q. Can we use Herpival for a cold sore?
Yes. Oral Herpival can be used for cold sore. Cold sores are caused by herpes simplex virus and occur as groups of painful, fluid-filled blisters. Since cold sores are caused due to a virus, an anti-viral agent like Herpival is effective in its treatment. It can be taken when the first symptoms (such as burning or itching) appear. It has little effect after the sore develops.
Q. Can I use Herpival for EBV?
Herpival is predominantly active against Herpes Simplex Virus, and to a lesser extent Varicella Zoster Virus. It is only of limited efficacy against Epstein Barr Virus (EBV) and Cytomegalovirus.
Q. What is the effect of Herpival in cancer patients?
Yes, Herpival can be used in cancer patients, to prevent infection from the herpes virus.
Q. Can I use Herpival for HPV?
No. Herpival is not approved for Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) Infection. It is used in the treatment of herpes labialis, genital herpes infection and herpes zoster.
Q. Are famciclovir and Herpival the same?
No. Famciclovir and Herpival are different medicines. Famciclovir is an inactive form of 'penciclovir' whereas Herpival is an inactive form of 'Acyclovir'. Both of them can be used to treat adult patients with Herpes Labialis (Cold Sores), Genital Herpes and Herpes Zoster (Shingles).
Q. What if Herpival is taken with birth control pills?
Herpival has no known interaction with birth control pills.
Q. When does Herpival expire?
Expiry date is a date, generally in MM/YYYY mentioned on the back of the blister. You should not use the medicine after the due date. Expired medicines are less effective or risky due to a change in chemical composition or a decrease in strength.
Q. Can I use Herpival for canker sore?
No. Herpival is not approved for canker sores. Canker sores are small, shallow ulcers that appear in the mouth and often make eating and talking uncomfortable.
Q. Can I use Herpival with vitamin C?
Yes. There is no known interaction between vitamin C and Herpival.
Q. How long does Herpival take to work?
There is reasonable relief from symptoms in 2 to 3 days. Healing of blisters may take a week or above.
Q. Can I use Herpival for UTI?
No. Herpival should not be used for Urinary Tract Infection(UTI). It is used in the treatment of herpes labialis, genital herpes infection and herpes zoster.
Q. What if Herpival is taken with diphenhydramine?
Herpival has no known interaction with diphenhydramine.
Q. Is Herpival a suppressive agent of immune system?
No. Herpival is not a suppressive agent of the immune system. It can be used in immunocompromised patients.
Q. Can I use Herpival for HIV?
Yes, Herpival can be used in HIV-infected individuals if suffering from herpes labialis, genital herpes infection and herpes zoster.
Q. What would be the benefit to taking Herpival vs acyclovir?
Herpival is the inactive form of Acyclovir and is converted into Acyclovir in the body. It helps in achieving a higher concentration of Acyclovir in the body which improves its clinical efficacy. It means, Herpival doses can be taken fewer times every day as compared to acylovir.
Q. What if Herpival is taken with paracetamol?
Herpival has no known interaction with paracetamol.
Q. Can I use Herpival for Hepatitis B?
No. Herpival is not approved for Hepatitis B. It is used in the treatment of herpes labialis, genital herpes infection and herpes zoster.
Q. What is the use of Herpival besides herpes?
Besides Oro-genital Herpes and Herpes Zoster (shingles), Herpival is used for Chicken Pox in patients with weak immune system and in newborns, Herpes virus infection of the eye, suppression of recurrent genital herpes in adults and Cytomegalovirus (CMV) prophylaxis in organ transplant recipients in adults.
Q. Is Herpival a prodrug?
Yes. Herpival is a ‘prodrug' or the inactive form of acyclovir that gets converted to acyclovir in the body.
Q. Can I use Herpival for Hepatitis C?
No. Herpival is not approved for Hepatitis C. It is used in the treatment of herpes labialis, genital herpes infection and herpes zoster.
Q. Is Herpival a blood thinner?
No. Valacyclovir is not a blood thinner. It is used in the treatment of herpes labialis, genital herpes infection and herpes zoster.
Q. What if Herpival is taken with prednisone?
Prednisone being a corticosteroid causes weakening of the immune system and hence caution is required for giving these two drugs together, as it may result in significant immunosuppression. A doctor must be consulted before taking valacyclovir with prednisone.
Q. Can I use Herpival for the flu?
No. Valacyclovir should not be used for flu (Influenza). It is used in the treatment of herpes labialis, genital herpes infection and herpes zoster.
Q. How is Herpival different from ganciclovir?
Ganciclovir is more active against Cytomegalovirus (CMV) infection. Herpival, on the other hand, is active against Herpes Simplex virus.
Q. What not to take with Herpival?
The combination of Herpival with nephrotoxic (kidney damage) medications should be made with caution. This applies to the concomitant use of aminoglycosides, organoplatinum compounds, iodinated contrast media, methotrexate, pentamidine, foscarnet, cyclosporine, and tacrolimus.
Q. When does Herpival start working?
Many people who take Herpival notice some relief from symptoms within 2 or 3 days, with the healing of the blisters after about a week.
Q. Can I use Herpival for fever blisters?
Yes. Fever Blisters is another name for cold sores and is caused by Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV). Herpival, an anti-viral agent, can be used in the treatment of fever blisters.
Q. What if Herpival is taken with ciprofloxacin?
Herpival has no known interaction with the antibiotic ciprofloxacin.
Q. Is Herpival a cephalosporin?
No. Herpival is not a cephalosporin (beta-lactam antibiotics). It belongs to an anti-viral class of medicines.
Q. How effective is Herpival?
Herpival is considered highly effective for Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV) infections. It works best if it is used within 48 hours after the first symptoms of shingles or genital herpes (e.g., pain, burning, or blisters) begin to appear.
Q. Can I use Herpival to treat a yeast infection?
No. Herpival is not used in the treatment of yeast (fungal) infection. It is an anti-viral and not an anti-fungal medicine.
Q. What if Herpival is taken with amoxicillin?
Herpival has no known interaction with the antibiotic amoxicillin.
Q. Is Herpival an antibiotic?
No. Herpival is not an antibiotic. The term "antibiotic" is usually used for agents that kill living organisms. It is an anti-viral medicine.
Q. Why should we take Herpival with lots of water?
You should drink plenty of water while on treatment with Herpival. This helps to prevent kidney stone and kidney damage.
Q. Can I use Herpival to treat a sore throat?
No. Herpival should not use for the treatment of a sore throat. It is used in the treatment of herpes labialis, genital herpes infection and herpes zoster.
Q. Is Herpival a narcotic?
No. Valacylovir is not a narcotic. Narcotics are the substance which can cause addiction and dependence.
Q. Can I use Herpival for HSV 1?
Yes. Herpival is used for the treatment of Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV) - Type I infection.
Q. Is Herpival used to treat bell palsy?
The use of Herpival has not been definitively established in Bell's Palsy. Considering the cost-benefit ratio of this treatment, it is recommended that Herpival should be used in cases of severe palsy within 3 days after the onset of Bell's palsy.
Q. What if Herpival is taken with ibuprofen?
Herpival has no known interaction with ibuprofen.
Q. Is Herpival to get high?
Herpival use does not cause euphoria. It does not cause addiction.
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