Full instructions, dosage information and potential known side effects are all available in the leaflet that comes with the prescription product. If you require any advice or assistance with placing your order, please donâ€™t hesitate to contact our team.
How do I take/use this medicine?
Take Valaciclovir exactly as directed by your doctor. Do not take more or less than instructed.
Take Valaciclovir at regular intervals as instructed. Do not skip any doses. Continue to take it even when you feel better. You must complete the entire course. If you don't, the infection will not clear completely.
You may take Valaciclovir with or without food. If you experience stomach discomfort, you may take Valaciclovir after food. Drink plenty of water while being treated with Valaciclovir.
What should I take note of while using/taking this medicine?
Alert your doctor if you suffer from kidney disease.
Alert your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
Valaciclovir cannot prevent you from passing herpes to other people.
If you are being treated with Valaciclovir for herpes, you should follow your doctor's advice on ways to prevent passing the disease to others. You should avoid sexual contact until the doctor certifies that you are cleared of the infection.
Valaciclovir may sometimes cause rashes that are worsened by exposure to the sun. Try to limit your exposure to the sun and UV lamps.
When should I not use this medicine?
Alert your doctor if you ever had an allergic reaction (rashes, swollen eyes, mouth or breathlessness) to similar medicines such as aciclovir.
Are there any restrictions on the type of food I can take?
Why do I need this medicine?
Valaciclovir is an anti-viral medicine.
It is used to treat or prevent herpes simplex virus infections such as cold sores and genital herpes.
Valaciclovir helps to reduce the number of blisters and helps them to heal more quickly. However, it cannot cure herpes infections.
Valaciclovir is also used to treat shingles.
Valaciclovir is also used to treat cytomegalovirus infection that may occur after a kidney transplant.
In children, Valaciclovir may also be used to treat chickenpox.
What side effects could I experience?
Valaciclovir may cause dizziness. If you feel dizzy, do not drive or take part in any activity in which you need to be alert.
Valaciclovir also causes headache, nausea, stomach pain, constipation, confusion, fever and itch.
Other side effects are not common but may be serious. Alert your doctor if you develop any of these side effects:
- unusual bleeding or bruising
- vomiting and diarrhoea, especially bloody diarrhoea
- yellowing of the eyes and/ or skin
- allergic reactions such as swollen eyes or face and severe rash
How should I store this medicine?
Store in a cool, dry place away from the reach of children.
Medicines must not be used past the expiry date.
Can I take/use this with other medicines?
Alert your doctor if you are taking any of these medicines:
- heart medicines such as digoxin
- medicines for reducing stomach acid such as cimetidine
- theophylline (for asthma)
- diuretics ("water pills" used to remove excess water)
- transplant medicines such as mycophenolate mofetil, ciclosporin or tacrolimus
Always inform your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines, including herbal tonics, supplements and medicines that you buy without a prescription.