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Valtrex is a brand name for the antiviral drug valacyclovir, which is used to treat conditions induced by the herpes virus. It is typically prescribed for people who have genital herpes, cold sores, and eye infections, among others, as well as for people who have a weak immune system and are thus more susceptible to viruses. It is also prescribed to children between the ages of two and eight as a treatment for chickenpox and for children twelve and over for cold sores.
It can be prescribed for both acute and chronic herpes virus outbreaks. In acute treatments, a Valtrex online prescription will speed up recovery time. For people with frequent outbreaks, it expands the time between outbreaks, as well as reduces the severity. It is not a cure against the herpes virus but instead inhibits the virus’ ability to spread, helping the body to fight the infection.
First approved for use by the FDA in 1995, it belongs to the purine nucleoside analog drug class.
What is Valtrex Prescribed For?
Valtrex is prescribed by healthcare professionals as part of treatment against viral conditions, most commonly the herpes virus. It is most commonly given to adults that have cold sores, genital herpes, and shingles. In children, it is given to treat chickenpox and cold sores.
How Does Valtrex Work?
Valtrex works by impacting the virus’ capability to spread. It is not a cure for the herpes virus but can reduce the severity and timeframe of herpes-related outbreaks, as well as conditions related to other viruses. It works by attacking the enzymes that allow the virus to build upon itself; in other words, to spread. By limiting the growth of the virus, it contains outbreaks and also makes it more difficult for the virus to spread to other people.
What Are The Side Effects of Valtrex?
A small percentage — around 10% — of people that take Valtrex may experience side effects from the medication. In the vast majority of cases, symptoms are mild. In any case, it’s important that the healthcare professional that prescribes the medication to you will do so because the benefits outweigh the downsides.
Common side effects of Valtrex include:
- Stomach pain
- Skin sensitivity
More serious side effects are rare, but they have been reported, especially among patients who are 65 and older. These side effects include:
- Pale skin
- Unexpected bleeding.
If you experience any unusual side effects after taking the medication, it’s important to speak to your primary care provider as soon as possible.
For more detailed information about Valtrex (Valacyclovir), you can refer to the following sources:
- Valtrex prescription label, Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
- Valtrex, Drugs.com.
- Valacyclovir, MedlinePlus.
The content on this page has been medically reviewed for accuracy and comprehensiveness by Amy Dougherty, FNP-BC, AGAC
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Frequently asked questions
Can you get Valtrex over the counter?
Valtrex is a prescription drug, which means that it is not possible to buy it over the counter. To get Valtrex, you’ll need to have it prescribed to you by a licensed healthcare professional.
You can get a prescription for Valtrex online by booking an appointment with one of the clinicians at DrHouse. If they determine that you have a condition that requires Valtrex, then they will be able to prescribe it to you online.
Can you get a Valtrex prescription online?
Yes, you can get a Valtrex prescription online. However, to do so, you’ll need to attend an appointment with a licensed healthcare clinician. You can get a Valtrex prescription by booking an appointment at DrHouse, an entirely online telemedicine platform. Appointments are available for both members and non-members. You can make the appointment for a time and day of your choosing. Once the prescription has been approved, it will be sent directly to you, or you can pick it up at a pharmacy of your choosing.
How to take Valtrex?
Valtrex (valacyclovir) is prescribed in dosages ranging from 500 mg to 1000 mg per tablet. The frequency of taking Valtrex depends on the condition being treated. Typically, it is taken once or twice daily. The exact dosage and frequency will be determined by your healthcare professional based on your medical condition and response to treatment.
What to avoid while taking Valtrex?
Some medications, such as probenecid, aminophylline, and cimetidine, can interact with Valtrex. There are no known drug or food interactions, and it’s OK to drink alcohol while taking the medication. If taking the medication to treat genital herpes, it’s important to avoid having sexual intercourse with others, to reduce the likelihood of transmission.
How do I get an online prescription for Valtrex?
To get an online prescription for Valtrex you will have to set up an account with us, download the DrHouse app and make an on-demand visit with one of our board-certified clinicians.
Is it legal to prescribe medicine online?
Yes, DrHouse has developed a telemedicine platform that enables our providers to practice medicine and take care of patients remotely. Every medical professional you interact with has been licensed by their respective state to prescribe medications and treat patients.
What is DrHouse's prescription refill policy?
Our clinicians are able to prescribe up to a 90-day prescription for any previously prescribed medications, that are not classified as controlled substances. They use their medical judgment to determine whether to prescribe and the duration.
In certain cases, the prescription may be limited to 30 days. There also may be a 12-month cap for some prescriptions. For medications requiring annual monitoring (such as blood work or imaging), the maximum prescription limit is 90 days within a year.