Valtrex is an antiviral oral therapy used in the treatment of herpes infections such as cold sores (herpes simplex-1), genital herpes (herpes simplex-2), and shingles (herpes zoster). Valtrex is typically prescribed in one of two strengths (500 mg, 1 g) and doses vary depending on the condition it has been prescribed to treat. In children over the age of 2, Valtrex is proven to treat chickenpox (varicella-zoster), the virus that leads to shingles in adults. Valtrex is prescribed to decrease the number of outbreaks while it helps reduce the length and severity of a herpes outbreak.
Nurx currently offers the generic version of Valtrex, Valacyclovir, for the prevention and treatment of herpes outbreaks with or without insurance.
- How Does Valtrex Work?
The antiviral properties of Valtrex work by preventing the growth of certain viruses. It's important to know that Valtrex is not a cure for herpes and the virus continues to live inside the body between outbreaks. Valtrex helps to manage symptoms by reducing how often they occur as well as decreasing the length of time sores last. Valtrex works to reduce the pain, itching, and burning that often accompany an outbreak.
Since Valtrex treats the infection of more than one type of herpesvirus, dosing and length of treatment are different for each condition. Current HIV status, as well as kidney or renal impairments, play a role in how Valtrex is prescribed. Although Valtrex can be taken with or without food, it's recommended to drink plenty of water to help prevent changes in urine input and output.
Typical dosing schedule for Valtrex:
- Cold sore treatment: Two grams twice daily for one day taken 12 hours apart.
- Initial genital herpes outbreak: One gram twice daily for 10 days.
- Recurrent genital herpes outbreaks: 500 milligrams twice daily for three days.
- Suppressive treatment: One gram once a day for those with normal immune function. For those with less than nine occurrences in a year, the dose is typically 500 milligrams once daily. For those living with HIV, the suppressive therapy dose changes to 500 milligrams twice daily.
- For shingles treatment: One gram three times daily for seven days.
Let your Nurx™ medical provider know about kidney impairment, renal impairment, or immune system compromises so the dose prescribed is right for your circumstances. Valtrex should be stored in its original packaging and kept in a cool, dry place out of the reach of children.
- Is Valtrex Easy to Get?
Valtrex typically retails at $460 for 30 500-milligram tablets and $790 for 30 one-gram tablets. Valtrex is available at most pharmacies and may be covered by insurance. Check with your insurance provider to find out if your plan covers your medication and what your out-of-pocket expenses may be. Whether or not you have insurance, we here at Nurx strive to keep your medication affordable and accessible. If you have already been diagnosed with herpes, we can prescribe Valacyclovir, the generic version of Valtrex, online for as little as $0 for the medication with insurance or for $15-25 per month without insurance, with free shipping.
- Are There Any Precautions I Should Take?
If you have a history of kidney problems, there is a chance Valtrex can worsen your condition. Drinking plenty of water while you're taking Valtrex can help reduce instances of kidney issues such as changes in urine production.Transplant patients are cautioned about using Valtrex, so let your Nurx medical provider know about your history of heart, kidney, or pancreas transplant or if you have an immune system deficiency such as HIV before starting Valtrex. This medication may interfere with vaccinations and it's best to consult a medical professional before receiving vaccinations. Since Valtrex contains similar ingredients, it is best not to combine it with medications that contain acyclovir (Zovirax).
Valtrex works best when the level of medication is maintained in your system, so be prepared to complete your dosing schedule as prescribed. For maximum effectiveness, start your medication at the first sign of symptoms such as tingling, itching, or rash. Remember that Valtrex will not cure herpes, so continue safe sex practices by avoiding kissing and oral sex during a cold sore outbreak and using condoms between genital herpes outbreaks.
While allergic reactions to Valtrex are rare, they can happen. Get medical attention if you develop allergy symptoms such as rash, itching, swelling, severe dizziness, or trouble breathing.
- Are There Any Side Effects?
Most medications come with minimal side effects that dissipate over time. The most common side effect Valtrex users report is headache. Less than 10% of users report additional side effects of nausea, abdominal pain, and mild dizziness. Dizziness can be triggered or made worse by the addition of alcohol or cannabis, so it's a good idea to avoid these substances while taking Valtrex. If you experience dizziness, alert your medical professional and avoid driving or operating machinery until you feel capable.
Serious side effects are rare and can present as changes to mood, trouble speaking, shakiness, or feeling unsteady. Older adults may be more sensitive to Valtrex and are more likely to experience serious side effects, especially mood changes or kidney issues. Tell your Nurx medical provider if you experience serious side effects or if common side effects aren't getting any better.
- Will Valtrex Interfere With Other Medications?
It is best to avoid Valtrex if you have any hypersensitivity to medications containing acyclovir. Valtrex contains ingredients that may cause adverse reactions if you're taking over-the-counter ibuprofen or medications for kidney impairment. Be on the safe side and let your Nurx medical provider know about prescription and over-the-counter medications you're taking to make sure Valtrex is a safe and effective option for you.
- How Do I Get a Prescription for Valtrex Through Nurx?
Nurx prescribes the generic Valacyclovir which contains the same ingredients and follows the same dosing schedule as Valtrex. Contact us to learn more about how to get Valacyclovir affordably and conveniently.
- Can I Buy Valtrex Online Through Nurx?
At Nurx we can prescribe Valacyclovir, the generic version of Valtrex, for people that have already been diagnosed with herpes. Our medical team will evaluate your medical history and conditions to make sure Valacyclovir is right for you. Once you've been prescribed your medication, we ship it discreetly to your mailbox free of charge.
- How Long Would It Take to Deliver Valtrex If I Bought It Online?
We here at Nurx understand the importance of starting your treatment as soon as possible. We aim to deliver the generic version of Valtrex within a week, or you can opt to pick it up from your local pharmacy.
- Is There a Generic Version of Valtrex?
Yes, the generic equivalent of Valtrex is Valacyclovir.
- Who Makes Valtrex?
Valtrex is manufactured in the United States by GlaxoSmithKilne.
- Can I Start Valtrex In the Middle of an Outbreak?
Yes, you can, but keep in mind that it might not be as effective as starting it at the first sign of symptoms. If you have frequent outbreaks and don't have a compromised immune system, Valtrex may be used daily as suppressive treatment. For those living with HIV, Valtrex is a safe and effective herpesvirus treatment, although the dosing schedule may vary.
- Can Valtrex Cure a Cold or Flu?
No, it can't. Even though Valtrex is an antiviral treatment, it is designed to inhibit the growth of certain types of herpesvirus and not influenza or cold viruses.
- How Soon Can I Expect To See a Reduction in Symptoms?
Pretty quickly! Valtrex enters your system and begins working within three hours of dosing. If you started Valtrex at the onset of symptoms, you should see relief within a few days. Remember to complete your dosing schedule even if you experience a reduction in sores, pain, or itching.
- What Happens If I Miss a Dose?
Valtrex follows a dosing schedule that is designed to treat your symptoms while keeping side effects to a minimum. If you miss a dose of your medication and it is close to the time for your next dose (you remember your missed dose at 2 p.m. and your next dose is 5 p.m.) just take the next dose. Doubling up on medication can increase the risk of serious side effects.
- How Does Nurx Work?
Nurx is a free platform offering easy online access to doctors and seamless delivery of medications. No more time-consuming trips to the clinic and no more frantic pharmacy runs. We put you in control of your own health, empowering you to get the care you need, when you need it. From diagnosis to delivery of prescriptions, we make every part of getting healthy and staying healthy, better.