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Composition FOR VALTOVAL 500mg tablet

Valacyclovir(500mg)

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It can be taken with or without food, but it is better to take Valtoval 500mg tablet at a fixed time.
It is generally safe to consume alcohol with Valtoval 500mg tablet.
SAFE
Valtoval 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.
PROBABLY SAFE
Unknown. Human and animal studies are not available. Please consult your doctor.
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  • SALT INFORMATION FOR VALTOVAL 500mg tablet

    Valacyclovir(500mg)

    Valtoval tablet uses

    Valtoval 500mg tablet is used in the treatment of herpes labialis, genital herpes infection and herpes zoster.

    How valtoval tablet works

    Valtoval 500mg tablet is an antiviral drug. It prevents the multiplication of the virus in human cells. Thus stops the virus from producing new viruses.

    Common side effects of valtoval tablet

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

    COMMON DOSAGE FOR VALTOVAL 500MG TABLET

    Patients taking VALTOVAL 500MG TABLET

    • 38%
      Twice A Day
    • 33%
      Once A Day
    • 19%
      Alternate Day
    • 10%
      Thrice A Day

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    Expert advice FOR VALTOVAL 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 Valacyclovir. 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 Valacyclovir 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.

    Frequently asked questions FOR VALTOVAL 500mg tablet

    Valacyclovir

    Q. Can I use Valacyclovir to prevent transmission?
    Yes. Valacyclovir causes reduction of Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV) transmission from people with recurrent infection to uninfected individuals.
    Q. What if Valacyclovir is taken with hydrocodone?
    Valacyclovir has no known interaction with Hydrocodone.
    Q. Is Valacyclovir a penicillin?
    No. Penicillins are a group of antimicrobials used against many bacterial infections. Valacyclovir, on the other hand, is an antiviral agent.
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    Q. Can I use Valacyclovir for acne?
    No. Valacyclovir is not approved for use in acne.
    Q. What if Valacyclovir is taken with Mucinex?
    Valacyclovir has no known interaction with Mucinex (Guaifenesin).
    Q. Is Valacyclovir a corticosteroid?
    No. Valacyclovir is an anti-viral agent.
    Q. Valacyclovir to IV acyclovir conversion?
    Valacyclovir, at a dose of 1 gram three times daily, produces an effect similar to intravenous acyclovir at a dose of 5 mg/kg every eight hours.
    Q. Can I use Valacyclovir for the cold?
    No. Valacyclovir is not approved for use in the cold.
    Q. What if Valacyclovir is taken with lysine?
    Valacyclovir has no known interaction with Lysine. Lysine is not usually prescribed by doctors since taking an oral supplement has no proven benefits. Its use in preventing herpes outbreaks is highly debatable.
    Q. Is Valacyclovir a controlled substance?
    No. Controlled substances are illegal drugs that can have a detrimental effect on a person's health and welfare. Valacyclovir has no such addictive potential and hence is not a controlled substance.
    Q. When Valacyclovir doesn't work?
    Valacyclovir 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 Valacyclovir for eye herpes?
    Yes. Valacyclovir 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 Valacyclovir is taken with antibiotics?
    Valacyclovir has no known major interaction with commonly prescribed antibiotics.
    Q. What is the effect of Valacyclovir in immunocompromised patients?
    Valacyclovir may cause immunosuppression as an adverse effect. Patients with weakened immune system are advised to consult a doctor before taking Valacyclovir.
    Q. Can we use Valacyclovir for a cold sore?
    Yes. An oral Valacyclovir can be used for cold sore.It can be taken when the first symptoms (such as burning or itching) appear. It has little effect after the sore develops. Usually, anti-viral creams are prescribed for cold sores.
    Q. Can I use Valacyclovir for EBV?
    Valacyclovir 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; however, it has been shown to lower or eliminate the presence of the Epstein–Barr virus in subjects afflicted with acute mononucleosis, leading to a significant decrease in the severity of symptoms. Studies are going on for use of Valacyclovir in EBV infections.
    Q. What if Valacyclovir is taken with Nyquil?
    Valacyclovir has no known interaction with Nyquil.
    Q. What is the effect of Valacyclovir in cancer patients?
    Valacyclovir can be used for the prophylaxis against herpes viruses in immunocompromised patients (such as patients undergoing cancer chemotherapy). However, cancer patients usually receive immunosuppressive medicines and Valacyclovir can cause a further decrease in immunity in such patients. Therefore, Valacyclovir should be used only after consulting a doctor.
    Q. Can I use Valacyclovir for HPV?
    No. Valacyclovir is not used for the treatment of Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) Infection.
    Q. Are famciclovir and Valacyclovir the same?
    No. Famciclovir and Valacyclovir are different medicines. Famciclovir is an inactive form of 'penciclovir' whereas Valacyclovir 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 Valacyclovir is taken with birth control pills?
    Valacyclovir has no known interaction with birth control pills.
    Q. When does Valacyclovir expire?
    Please refer to label of the medicine.
    Q. Can I use Valacyclovir for canker sore?
    No. Canker Sores and Cold Sores are not the same. Canker sores are small, shallow ulcers that appear in the mouth and often make eating and talking uncomfortable. 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 Valacyclovir is effective in its treatment but not for canker sores.
    Q. Are Valacyclovir and Valtrex the same?
    Valacyclovir and Valtrex are two names for the same medicine, the difference being that while Valacyclovir is the generic name, Valtrex is the brand name.
    Q. Can I use Valacyclovir with vitamin C?
    Yes. There is no known interaction between vitamin C and Valacyclovir.
    Q. How long does Valacyclovir 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 Valacyclovir for UTI?
    No. Valacyclovir is not approved for use in urinary tract infection (UTI).
    Q. What if Valacyclovir is taken with Benadryl?
    Valacyclovir has no known interaction with Benadryl (Diphenhydramine).
    Q. Is Valacyclovir suppressive?
    Valacyclovir may cause immunosuppression as an adverse effect. Patients with weakened immune system are advised to consult a doctor before taking acyclovir.
    Q. Can I use Valacyclovir for HIV?
    No. Valacyclovir is not used as a part of Anti-Retroviral Therapy (ART) in HIV-infected individuals.
    Q. How to differentiate Valacyclovir vs acyclovir?
    Valacyclovir 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.
    Q. What if Valacyclovir is taken with Tylenol?
    Valacyclovir has no known interaction with Tylenol (Paracetamol).
    Q. What is Valacyclovir withdrawal?
    Withdrawal syndrome (a set of symptoms occurred due to discontinuation of substance) has been reported by people (mostly women) with depression, pain, stress and anxiety, back pain and muscle spasticity who were using Valacyclovir.
    Q. Can I use Valacyclovir for Hepatitis B?
    No. Valacyclovir is not approved for use in Hepatitis B.
    Q. What is Valacyclovir use for besides herpes?
    Besides Oro-genital herpes and Herpes Zoster (shingles), Valacyclovir 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. What if Valacyclovir is taken with Adderall?
    Valacyclovir has no known interaction with Adderall (amphetamine + dextroamphetamine).
    Q. Is Valacyclovir a prodrug?
    Yes. Valacyclovir is the ‘prodrug' or the inactive form of acyclovir that gets converted to acyclovir in the body.
    Q. Can I use Valacyclovir for Hepatitis C?
    No. Valacyclovir is not approved for use in Hepatitis C.
    Q. Is Valacyclovir a blood thinner?
    No. Valacyclovir is not a blood thinner.
    Q. What if Valacyclovir 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. What are the side effects of Valacyclovir 1000mg?
    Side effects of Valacyclovir 1000mg are nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, headache, confusion, dizziness, edema, arthralgia, sore throat, constipation, abdominal pain, rash, weakness and/or renal impairment.
    Q. Can I use Valacyclovir for the flu?
    No. Valacyclovir is not indicated for use in flu.
    Q. What is the difference between Valacyclovir vs ganciclovir?
    Ganciclovir is an agent similar to Aciclovir but is more active against Cytomegalovirus (CMV) infection. Valacyclovir, on the other hand, is an inactive form or "prodrug" of Aciclovir and active against Herpes Simplex virus.
    Q. What not to take with Valacyclovir?
    The combination of Valacyclovir with nephrotoxic medications should be made with caution. This applies to the concomitant use of aminoglycosides, organoplatinum compounds, iodinated contrast media, methotrexate, pentamidine, foscarnet, ciclosporin, and tacrolimus.
    Q. When does Valacyclovir start working?
    Many people who take Valacyclovir notice some relief from symptoms within 2 or 3 days, with the healing of the blisters after about a week.
    Q. Can I use Valacyclovir for fever blisters?
    Yes. Fever Blisters is another name for cold sores and is caused by Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV). Valacyclovir, an anti-viral agent, can be used in the treatment of fever blisters.
    Q. What if Valacyclovir is taken with ciprofloxacin?
    Valacyclovir has no known interaction with the antibiotic ciprofloxacin.
    Q. Is Valacyclovir a cephalosporin?
    No. Valacyclovir belongs to an antiviral class of medicines.
    Q. How effective is Valacyclovir?
    Valacyclovir 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 Valacyclovir to treat a yeast infection?
    No. Valacyclovir is not used in the treatment of yeast infection. It is an anti-viral and not an anti-fungal medicine.
    Q. What if Valacyclovir is taken with amoxicillin?
    Valacyclovir has no known interaction with the antibiotic amoxicillin.
    Q. Is Valacyclovir an antibiotic?
    No. The term "antibiotic" is usually used for agents that kill living organisms. Viruses are not strictly living organisms and hence Valacyclovir is appropriately an "antiviral" agent.
    Q. Why should we take Valacyclovir with lots of water?
    You should drink plenty of water while on treatment with Valacyclovir. This helps to prevent kidney stone and kidney damage.
    Q. Can I use Valacyclovir to treat a sore throat?
    No. Valacyclovir is not used for the treatment of a sore throat.
    Q. What if Valacyclovir is taken with Abreva(Docosanol)?
    Valacyclovir has no known interaction with Abreva (Docosanol).
    Q. Is Valacyclovir a narcotic?
    No. A narcotic is a drug (such as opium or morphine ) that in moderate doses dull the senses, relieves pain, and induces profound sleep. Valacyclovir does not have such properties and is not a narcotic.
    Q. Can I use Valacyclovir for HSV 1?
    Yes. Valacyclovir is indicated for the treatment of Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV) - Type I infection.
    Q. Is Valacyclovir used to treat bell palsy?
    The use of Valacyclovir has not been definitively established in Bell's Palsy. Considering the cost-benefit ratio of this treatment, it is recommended that Valacyclovir should be used in cases of severe palsy within 3 days after the onset of Bell's palsy.
    Q. What if Valacyclovir is taken with Advil?
    Valacyclovir has no known interaction with Advil (Ibuprofen).
    Q. Is Valacyclovir to get high?
    Valacyclovir use does not cause euphoria. It does not cause addiction.

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    Content on this page was last updated on 27 April, 2017, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)