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Primary uses of Valavir 500mg Tablet

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Medicine Overview of Valavir Tablet

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Uses of Valavir Tablet

Valavir 500mg Tablet is used in the treatment of herpes labialis, genital herpes infection and herpes zoster.
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Valavir Tablet side effects

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Headache, Nausea, Vomiting, Rash, Dizziness, Diarrhoea, Itching, Photosensitivity.

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How to use Valavir Tablet

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. Valavir 500mg 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)

How Valavir Tablet works

Valavir 500mg 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 Valavir Tablet

Expert advice for Valavir Tablet

  • Always take the complete course of treatment, as advised by your doctor even if you feel better.
  • Drink plenty of water while on treatment with Valavir 500mg Tablet. This helps to prevent kidney stone and kidney damage.
  • Inform your doctor if you have ever been diagnosed with kidney or liver problems. A dose of your medicine may need to be adjusted.
  • You should not have sex if you have genital sores or blisters. If you're taking Valavir 500mg Tablet for herpes, you should use barrier methods (condoms) when you're having sex since you can still pass it on to other people, even if you're taking the medication.
  • Inform your doctor if you are pregnant or planning to conceive or breastfeeding.
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Valavir Tablet related warnings
Special precautions for Valavir Tablet
Alcohol
SAFE
It is generally safe to consume alcohol with Valavir 500mg Tablet.
Pregnancy
PROBABLY SAFE
Valavir 500mg 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.
Lactation
SAFE
Valavir 500mg 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.
Driving
Valavir 500mg Tablet may make you feel dizzy, sleepy, tired, or decrease alertness. If this happens, do not drive.
Kidney
CAUTION
Valavir 500mg Tablet should be used with caution in patients with kidney disease. Dose adjustment of Valavir 500mg 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.
Liver
SAFE
Valavir 500mg Tablet is safe to use in patients with liver disease. No dose adjustment of Valavir 500mg Tablet is recommended.

What if you miss a dose of Valavir Tablet?uses

If you miss a dose of Valavir 500mg 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 Valavir Tablet

Frequently asked questions about Valacyclovir

Q. Can I use Valavir to prevent transmission?
Yes. Valavir 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 Valavir a penicillin?
No. Valavir is not a penicillin. Penicillins are a group of antibiotics used against many bacterial infections. Valavir, on the other hand, is an anti-viral agent.
Q. Can I use Valavir for acne?
No. Valavir is not approved for acne. It is used in the treatment of herpes labialis, genital herpes infection and herpes zoster.
Q. What if Valavir is taken with guaifenesin?
Valavir has no known interaction with guaifenesin.
Q. Is Valavir a corticosteroid?
No. Valavir is not a corticosteroid. It belongs to the anti-viral class of medicines.
Q. Can I use Valavir for the cold?
No. Valavir should not be used for cold. It is used in the treatment of herpes labialis, genital herpes infection and herpes zoster.
Q. When Valavir doesn't work?
Valavir 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 Valavir for eye herpes?
Yes. Valavir 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 Valavir is taken with antibiotics?
Valavir has no known major interaction with commonly prescribed antibiotics.
Q. What is the effect of Valavir in immunocompromised patients?
Valavir can be used in immunocompromised patients. It may decrease white blood cell counts in immunocompromised patients.
Q. Can we use Valavir for a cold sore?
Yes. Oral Valavir 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 Valavir 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 Valavir for EBV?
Valavir 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 Valavir in cancer patients?
Yes, Valavir can be used in cancer patients, to prevent infection from the herpes virus.
Q. Can I use Valavir for HPV?
No. Valavir 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 Valavir the same?
No. Famciclovir and Valavir are different medicines. Famciclovir is an inactive form of 'penciclovir' whereas Valavir 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 Valavir is taken with birth control pills?
Valavir has no known interaction with birth control pills.
Q. When does Valavir 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 Valavir for canker sore?
No. Valavir 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 Valavir with vitamin C?
Yes. There is no known interaction between vitamin C and Valavir.
Q. How long does Valavir 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 Valavir for UTI?
No. Valavir 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 Valavir is taken with diphenhydramine?
Valavir has no known interaction with diphenhydramine.
Q. Is Valavir a suppressive agent of immune system?
No. Valavir is not a suppressive agent of the immune system. It can be used in immunocompromised patients.
Q. Can I use Valavir for HIV?
Yes, Valavir 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 Valavir vs acyclovir?
Valavir 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, Valavir doses can be taken fewer times every day as compared to acylovir.
Q. What if Valavir is taken with paracetamol?
Valavir has no known interaction with paracetamol.
Q. Can I use Valavir for Hepatitis B?
No. Valavir 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 Valavir besides herpes?
Besides Oro-genital Herpes and Herpes Zoster (shingles), Valavir 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 Valavir a prodrug?
Yes. Valavir is a ‘prodrug' or the inactive form of acyclovir that gets converted to acyclovir in the body.
Q. Can I use Valavir for Hepatitis C?
No. Valavir is not approved for Hepatitis C. It is used in the treatment of herpes labialis, genital herpes infection and herpes zoster.
Q. Is Valavir 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 Valavir 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 Valavir 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 Valavir different from ganciclovir?
Ganciclovir is more active against Cytomegalovirus (CMV) infection. Valavir, on the other hand, is active against Herpes Simplex virus.
Q. What not to take with Valavir?
The combination of Valavir 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 Valavir start working?
Many people who take Valavir notice some relief from symptoms within 2 or 3 days, with the healing of the blisters after about a week.
Q. Can I use Valavir for fever blisters?
Yes. Fever Blisters is another name for cold sores and is caused by Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV). Valavir, an anti-viral agent, can be used in the treatment of fever blisters.
Q. What if Valavir is taken with ciprofloxacin?
Valavir has no known interaction with the antibiotic ciprofloxacin.
Q. Is Valavir a cephalosporin?
No. Valavir is not a cephalosporin (beta-lactam antibiotics). It belongs to an anti-viral class of medicines.
Q. How effective is Valavir?
Valavir 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 Valavir to treat a yeast infection?
No. Valavir is not used in the treatment of yeast (fungal) infection. It is an anti-viral and not an anti-fungal medicine.
Q. What if Valavir is taken with amoxicillin?
Valavir has no known interaction with the antibiotic amoxicillin.
Q. Is Valavir an antibiotic?
No. Valavir 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 Valavir with lots of water?
You should drink plenty of water while on treatment with Valavir. This helps to prevent kidney stone and kidney damage.
Q. Can I use Valavir to treat a sore throat?
No. Valavir 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 Valavir a narcotic?
No. Valacylovir is not a narcotic. Narcotics are the substance which can cause addiction and dependence.
Q. Can I use Valavir for HSV 1?
Yes. Valavir is used for the treatment of Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV) - Type I infection.
Q. Is Valavir used to treat bell palsy?
The use of Valavir has not been definitively established in Bell's Palsy. Considering the cost-benefit ratio of this treatment, it is recommended that Valavir should be used in cases of severe palsy within 3 days after the onset of Bell's palsy.
Q. What if Valavir is taken with ibuprofen?
Valavir has no known interaction with ibuprofen.
Q. Is Valavir to get high?
Valavir use does not cause euphoria. It does not cause addiction.

Severely interacts with other drugs like

Taking Valavir with any of the following medicines can modify the effect of either of them and cause some undesirable side effects
Valavir with Entecavir
LIFE-THREATENING
Medicines with composition Entecavir: Entehep, Frithvir, X Vir, Enteca, Cronivir, Entavir, Alentos, Hepalo, Entaliv, Baraclude, Encure, Encarvir, Entarica
Valavir with Phenylephrine
LIFE-THREATENING
Medicines with composition Phenylephrine: Drosyn, Phenpres, Synep, Lefrin, Frenin, Pupiletto, Salin P, Sunephrine, Phrintec
Valavir with Telbivudine
LIFE-THREATENING
Medicines with composition Telbivudine: Telbihep, Sebivo
Valavir with Zidovudine
LIFE-THREATENING
Medicines with composition Zidovudine: Zidohope, Zilion, Zidovex L Plus E, Zidovex, Viro Z, Zidine, Zidovir, Ziddivir, Zidomax
Valavir with Lamivudine
LIFE-THREATENING
Valavir with Oxymetazoline
LIFE-THREATENING
Medicines with composition Oxymetazoline: Xynolube
Valavir with Didanosine
LIFE-THREATENING
Medicines with composition Didanosine: Dinex EC, Dinosin, Virosine DR
LIFE-THREATENING
Medicines with composition Oxymetazoline (topical): Rhinojet, Sucon N, Olfamist, Maxtra-O, Ymetlo, Medinoze, Dehale-OM, Oxyinoz
Valavir with Adefovir
LIFE-THREATENING
Medicines with composition Adefovir: Adesera, Adheb, Adfovir
Valavir with Stavudine
LIFE-THREATENING
Medicines with composition Stavudine: Stavir, Stahope, Stadin, Virostav, Stavex
Valavir with Abacavir
LIFE-THREATENING
Medicines with composition Abacavir: Abamune, A-Bec, Virol
Valavir with Tenofovir
LIFE-THREATENING
Valavir with Naphazoline
LIFE-THREATENING
Medicines with composition Naphazoline: Zincula, Mezol, Decomic Plus, Ocucel, Naphace, Persil, Naphaline, ALLERIN(RAYMED)
Valavir with Cimetidine
MINOR
Medicines with composition Cimetidine: Acitak, Cimetiget, Tymidin, Ulciban, Tagasec
Valavir with Roxatidine
MINOR
Medicines with composition Roxatidine: Rotane, Zorpex, Roximol, Roxaryl
Valavir with Nizatidine
MINOR
Medicines with composition Nizatidine: Axid
Valavir with Probenecid
MINOR
Medicines with composition Probenecid: Bencid
Valavir with Lafutidine
MINOR
Medicines with composition Lafutidine: Lafter, Lafudac, Lafty, Lafukem, Lafaxid, Laciloc, Lafumac, Swiftin, Laftid, Histolaf, Lafjoy, Lafadin, Futaden

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