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Valtrex valacyclovir is an anti-viral treatment which is used to treat infections caused by the herpes virus, specifically genital herpes, shingles and cold sores. If you happen to be suffering from any of the above infections, taking Valtrex within the first 24 hours of an outbreak reduces the severity of symptoms and can speed up your recovery time. It’s available in a 500mg dose and can also be used preventatively.

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Who can use Valtrex? How does this medication work? How do you take Valtrex? Who might not be able to use this medication? Does this treatment cause side effects? How can I buy Valtrex online?
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"A sudden outbreak of cold sores, shingles or genital herpes can be controlled or even prevented with antiviral prescription treatments."

Valtrex Frequently Asked Questions

Who can use Valtrex?

This medication can be used be people over the age of 18, who are experiencing an outbreak of symptoms caused by the herpes zoster virus (shingles) and the herpes simplex virus (genital herpes and cold sores). It is generally used once symptoms become apparent, however, sufferers of genital herpes may also be able to use Valtrex valacyclovir to prevent future outbreaks of the virus.

How does this medication work?

Valtex contains an ingredient called valacyclovir hydrochloride. Once the tablet is absorbed by your body, it changes into its active state, known as acyclovir. Acyclovir works by blocking a viral enzyme called DNA polymerase. The herpes virus needs this enzyme to copy its genetic material to multiply and spread from cell to cell. By preventing the viruses spread, the damage it does is not only reduced, but it also gives your body the time it needs to effectively fight the virus. This helps you to reduce the severity of an attack and to reduce any painful symptoms.

How do you take Valtrex?

The dosage you need to take will depend very much on your condition:

  • To treat shingles, take two 500mg tablets three times a day for seven days.
  • To treat an initial outbreak of cold sores, take two 500mg tablets per day for up to ten days. If you experience recurrent outbreaks, these can be treated with the same two 500mg tablet dosage, but for three to five days.
  • To treat the first outbreak of general herpes, take two 500mg tablets daily for up to ten days. Recurrent outbreaks can be treated with two 500mg tablets taken daily for between three and five days. When taken as a long-term treatment, just one 500mg tablet daily is necessary.

Who might not be able to use this medication?

People with a disease or impairment of the kidneys or liver may not be able to use Valtrex. People with immune disorders, such as HIV, may also be advised against using this treatment. While antiviral medications are not thought to cause birth defects, women who are pregnant or breastfeeding may be recommended an alternative treatment. Depression can be a side effect of Valtrex, so make sure you mention if you suffer from depression in your online consultation.

Does this treatment cause side effects?

Some users of Valtrex valacyclovir may experience side effects, although it's generally well tolerated by most users. The most common side effects are a headache or nausea. Other possible side effects include abdominal pain, painful periods, vomiting, dizziness, joint pain and depression. Less than 10% of users experience one of these side effects. People taking the drug for more than a day will usually find that the side effects disappear quickly as the body adapts to the medication.

How can I buy Valtrex online?

Because it's important to start your herpes treatment as soon as you notice symptoms, OnlineClinic offers free next-day delivery on all orders for Valtrex valacyclovir. When you place your order, you will be asked to complete a confidential online consultation. This will be looked over by one of our doctors, who will issue a prescription if this is the right treatment for you. If approved, the prescription will be forwarded to our pharmacy, which will prepare your medication and send it via courier for overnight delivery.

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