Valcivir 500mg Tablet

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Composition for Valcivir 500mg Tablet

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Medicine Overview of Valcivir Tablet

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Uses of Valcivir Tablet

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

Common

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

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How to use Valcivir 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. It can be taken with or without food, but it is better to take Valcivir 500mg Tablet at a fixed time.

How Valcivir Tablet works

Valcivir 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 Valcivir Tablet

Expert advice for Valcivir 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 Valcivir. 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 Valcivir 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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Warnings
Special precautions for Valcivir 500mg Tablet
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Alcohol
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It is generally safe to consume alcohol with Valcivir 500mg Tablet.
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Pregnancy
PROBABLY SAFE
Valcivir 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.
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Lactation
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Valcivir 500mg Tablet is safe to use during lactation. Huma
n 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.
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Driving
Valcivir 500mg Tablet may make you feel dizzy, sleepy, tired
, or decrease alertness. If this happens, do not drive.
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Kidney
CAUTION
Valcivir 500mg Tablet should be used with caution in patients with kidney disease. Dose adjustment of Valcivir 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.
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Liver
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Valcivir 500mg Tablet is safe to use in patients with liver
disease. No dose adjustment of Valcivir 500mg Tablet is recommended.
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Severely interacts with other drugs like
Tenof 300mg Tablet, Valten 300mg Tablet, Telbihep 600mg Tablet, Zilion 300mg Tablet

Missed Dosageuses

If you miss a dose of Valacyclovir, 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.

Patient Concerns

Frequently asked questions for Valcivir 500mg Tablet

Frequently asked questions for Valacyclovir

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