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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.
Frequently Asked Questions About Valacyclovir
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.
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.
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 I Get a New Prescription or Refill an Existing One Through DrHouse?
Yes, you can get a new prescription or refill an existing one online through DrHouse. You just need to start a consultation with one of our licensed providers and they will be able to assess your needs and provide you with a prescription if necessary.
Please note that the final decision always rests with the doctor based on their professional judgment and your health needs.
What Medications Can't be Prescribed Online By DrHouse?
There are certain medications that cannot be prescribed online by DrHouse physicians due to safety reasons. These include controlled substances, such as opioids and other narcotics, as well as drugs with a high potential for abuse or dependence. DrHouse physicians also don’t prescribe Gabapentin, medical marijuana, muscle relaxants, and HRT medications.
How Do I Get an Online Prescription from DrHouse?
With DrHouse getting a new prescription or a refill for your current Rx is a straightforward and quick process. All you need to do is follow a few easy steps:
- Download the DrHouse telehealth app on your mobile device.
- Create an account by providing basic information and medical history.
- Start an on-demand virtual video consultation with one of our licensed physicians.
- Discuss your medical needs and concerns with one of our physicians.
- A doctor will review your medical history, symptoms, and current medications (if any) to determine if an online prescription is appropriate for you.
- If a physician approves, they will electronically send a new prescription or refill request to the pharmacy of your choice.
- Pick up your medication from the pharmacy.
DrHouse makes it easy for you to get an online prescription from the comfort of your own home. No more waiting in line at the doctor’s office or pharmacy, and no need to take time off work to see a doctor. Our telehealth platform allows you to access quality medical care from anywhere with an internet connection.
For more information about how our telehealth platform works visit our “How DrHouse Works” page.
What Will My Appointment for a New Prescription or Refill Look Like?
During your virtual consultation with a DrHouse physician, you will have the opportunity to discuss your medical needs and concerns.
The consultation will consist of a video call where a physician will assess your medical history and ask you questions about your symptoms and any other relevant information. This is to ensure that a physician has all the necessary information to make an informed decision about your prescription.
You can also ask any questions or clarify any doubts you may have about your condition or medication. Our physicians are happy to address any concerns you may have.
Once a physician has assessed your needs, they will determine if and what type of prescription is appropriate for you. If a new prescription or refill is approved, a doctor will send it electronically to your chosen pharmacy.
How Long Does It Get To Get a Prescription Online With DrHouse?
With our on-demand telehealth service, you have the opportunity to see the first available doctor in as little as 10 to 15 minutes. However, the exact consult time will depend on the complexity of your case and the thoroughness required by the healthcare provider to make an informed decision.
Is It Safe to Get an Online Prescription from DrHouse?
Absolutely, it is safe to get an online prescription from DrHouse. We are committed to ensuring the highest standards of patient safety and privacy.
All our providers are highly qualified US-based physicians and often affiliated with major hospitals. They are board-certified and from the top U.S. medical schools with an average of 20 years of experience.
We strictly adhere to HIPAA regulations, ensuring your personal and medical information is kept secure and confidential. Also, we comply with all applicable state and federal laws related to telehealth and the prescribing of medications.
Therefore, you can rest assured knowing that your safety and privacy are our top priorities when you use DrHouse’s services.
How Much Does DrHouse Cost?
DrHouse strives to provide accessible and affordable telehealth services. DrHouse urgent care, primary care, and specialist visits are $129 or your copay. This includes everything from your initial consultation through to the prescription of your medication.
The cost of a doctor’s visit may be covered fully by your insurance. A typical copay is around $25. We recommend checking with your insurance provider to understand the extent of your coverage for telehealth services.
To learn more about how much DrHouse costs, visit our pricing page
Does DrHouse Accept Insurance?
Yes, DrHouse accepts most major insurances, including Blue Cross Blue Shield, Aetna, and Medicare. The extent of coverage may vary depending on your individual plan.
What Is DrHouse’s Prescription Refill Policy?
Our physicians are able to prescribe up to a 90-day prescription without labs for any previously prescribed medication if it’s medically appropriate and is not classified as a controlled substance.
DrHouse physicians also don’t prescribe Gabapentin, medical marijuana, muscle relaxants, and HRT medications.
DrHouse physicians use their medical judgment to determine whether to prescribe and the duration.
In certain cases, the prescription may be limited to 30 days or less. There also may be a 12-month cap for some prescriptions without labs. For medications requiring annual monitoring (such as blood work or imaging), the maximum prescription limit is 90 days within a year without labs.
DrHouse physicians can refer patients to labs for longer prescription periods or refills.