What is Valaciclovir?
Valaciclovir is an antiviral medicine. It stops the infecting virus from reproducing. Since the virus reproduces very early in the infection, you will benefit most from treatment if you take Valaciclovir Tablets as soon as the first symptoms appear.
Valaciclovir Tablets are used to treat genital herpes viral infections in adults. Genital herpes is a viral infection caused by herpes simplex virus type 1 or 2. It is normally spread by sexual contact. It causes blisters and burning or itching around the genitals, which may be painful. Valaciclovir is used to treat genital herpes infections in adults. People who have frequent episodes of genital herpes can also take Valaciclovir to help to prevent the attacks.
What is supression treatment?
If you suffer from six or more outbreaks a year suppression treatment may be suitable for you. Suppression treatment is taken everyday and helps to prevent recurrent outbreaks by 70-80% and can sometime prevent outbreaks all together. Studies also show that outbreaks are milder and shorter than without suppression treatment.
How to take Valaciclovir
To treat an outbreak of genital herpes take one tablet twice times a day for 5 days.
For suppression treatment take one tablet once a day.
What is the difference between Aciclovir and Valaciclovir?
Aciclovir and Valaciclovir are closely related. Valaciclovir is a prodrug of aciclovir which means that after it is taken, it is converted in the body to aciclovir. The advantage of taking valaciclovir over aciclovir is that it doesn’t have to be taken as frequently as so it is more convenient for the patient to comply with the regime. However, aciclovir is more cost-effective especially for suppression treatment. Both medicines are equally effective for treating genital herpes.
What is the difference between Valtrex and Valaciclovir?
Valaciclovir is the active ingredient in Valtrex and is available in a generic, unbranded tablet.
Valaciclovir and Valtrex are medically equivalent but Valaciclovir is available at a much lower cost.
Generic medicines contain the same active ingredient and are equally effective and medically equivalent as
the branded products but are available at a lower price. Generic manufacturers have to demonstrate that they are
medically identical to the branded product - i.e. they offer the same quality, strength, stability and
Generic medicines are required meet the same standards of safety, quality and efficacy as the branded medication.
To receive market approval from the European Medicines
Agency and MHRA, a generic medicine must be 'bioequivalent' to the originator product.