Valtrex (Valacyclovir) belongs to a class of medications known as ‘anti-virals’. It is used to control and treat the symptoms of the herpes virus. It will not cure herpes but will help to slow down the growth of the herpes virus and prevent it from spreading too quickly, so that the body can fight off the infection more easily. Using Valtrex (Valacyclovir) on a regular basis to help prevent recurrence of the virus also helps to lessen the risk of transmitting the infection to other people. Please note that using Valtrex will not eliminate the risk of infecting others completely.
Valtrex (Valacyclovir) helps to treat infections caused by the herpes virus in both adults and children. These infections include genital herpes, cold sores, shingles, and chicken pox. Valtrex will not cure non-herpes viral infections such as the flu or the common cold.
Valacyclovir manufactured by GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) is marketed under the brand name Valtrex. However, many other pharmaceutical companies also manufacture Valacyclovir. For obvious patenting reasons, these companies are not allowed to market their product under the Valtrex brand. All other brands of Valacyclovir, manufactured by any pharmaceutical company other than GSK are known as the generics of Valtrex.
Generic Valtrex contains the very same active ingredient (Valacyclovir), in the very same strengths as brand name Valtrex, however, generic Valtrex costs much less than brand name Valtrex. This makes generic Valtrex a smarter choice if the medication is prescribed for you. More and more consumers are purchasing generic products over brand name products. Generic Valtrex saves you a good amount of money while delivering the very same medication. Smarter choice, right?
Generic Valtrex (Valacyclovir) could have been prescribed for you for a number of different reasons.
If you have tested positive for the herpes virus, this medicine may help prevent outbreaks of the symptoms caused by the virus.
Generic Valtrex (Valacyclovir) will not cure your herpes, but it will help control and treat the symptoms associated with it. It will make the sores heal more quickly, and provide comfort and pain relief. This medication may be prescribed to treat genital herpes, and when used on a regular basis, to prevent the recurrence of the infection. Since herpes is highly infectious, using generic Valtrex (Valacyclovir) will help lessen the risk of infecting others.
Please note that it does not eliminate the risk of infecting others, just lessens it.
Generic Valtrex (Valacyclovir) may be prescribed for your child if he has the chicken pox. This medication is for use in children over 2 years of age, so please confirm the prescription with your doctor. It is also used in the treatment of cold sores in adults and children over 12 years of age. Treatment and therapy with generic Valtrex (Valacyclovir) may be prescribed if you suffer from shingles. Your doctor may prescribe generic Valtrex (Valacyclovir) for you for reasons other than these. Please thoroughly discuss your treatment with generic Valtrex (Valacyclovir) with your doctor.