Valtrex Medical Uses
Herpes is an extremely common viral pathology, manifestations of which 90% of the population face throughout life. Herpes virus differs in a wide variety of strains and the ability to cause not only a “herpes” on the lips but also other serious diseases. Outbreaks of infection are directly related to weak immunity. The virus becomes active and begins to multiply only when the body defenses are reduced. A broad assortment of antiviral agents helps fight infection. One of the effective drugs of the new generation in treating herpes is Valtrex, which has perfectly proven itself in the fight against the herpes virus of various etiologies.
Treatment of infections caused by the herpes simplex virus
When there are first alarming signs testifying to infection or relapse of herpes, doctors prescribe to take Valtrex in a dosage of 1 tablet (500 mg) twice a day. Duration of treatment should not exceed 5 days. In severe cases, a doctor can increase the duration of treatment to 10 days.
With relapses of herpetic infection, the optimal duration of treatment is from 2 to 5 days, and it is recommended to start taking Valtrex pills with the first anxiety symptoms (itching, tingling, burning). This allows stopping the development of infection and makes it possible to avoid the appearance of typical eruptions. In order to prevent exacerbations of the herpes simplex virus, it is enough to take one Valtrex pill per day.
If the recurrence of the disease occurs frequently (more than 10 times a year), the doctor can choose a different treatment regimen, taking into account the individual characteristics of the person. For the treatment of adult immunocompromised patients, the Valtrex dose is usually doubled.
Self-medication should be ruled out as only an expert can choose the optimal treatment regimen, he also decides how to take Valtrex in treating herpes, depending on the type of virus and the patient’s condition.
Treatment of infections associated with the herpes zoster
When treating herpes zoster, the standard dosage is 2 Valtrex pills (1 g) that are taken three times a day for a week
Valtrex for treating herpes on lips
In the case of labile herpes, accompanied by eruptions on the lips, there is an alternative scheme of taking the drug. It is recommended to take an increased dose of Valtrex in a volume of 2 g (4 tablets) twice per day. The second dose of the drug should be taken no earlier than six hours and no later than 12 hours after the first dose. With this dosing regimen, the duration of therapy is only 1 day.
Valtrex for treating genital herpes
Adult patients with normal immunity, suffering from genital herpes (when the number of annual exacerbations reaches nine or more times), Valtrex is prescribed at a dose of 500 mg (1 pill) per day for a long period of time (up to 12 months).
The same dosage and treatment regimen is provided for the prevention of infection to a healthy partner. With regular sex, Valtrex is taken daily, with irregular sexual life, the drug should be taken 3 days before the supposed sex.
Valtrex for organ transplantation
When carrying out transplant surgery for adults and children over 12 years of age, Valtrex is prescribed in the postoperative period at a dose of 2 grams four times a day. This prevents the development of viral infections and reactions of graft rejection. The course of treatment takes 3 months on average, but it can be increased depending on the patient’s condition.
Customers’ reviews on treatment of herpes with Valtrex
Thomas Kile: “Valtrex is a very good drug for both treatment and prevention of herpes. It helped me a lot. Earlier, relapses of infection occur almost every month, but after a course of treatment, there are no characteristic eruptions on the lips for a year. Of course, the drug is expensive, but it’s worth it. Before that, I tried to be treated cheaply, but the effect was short-lived.”
David Thompson: “My doctor prescribed me Valtrex for the treatment of my genital herpes. I took the pill once a day, but for a long time. Thus, for a month you need three packages of Valtrex, but it is not cheap. It can be certainly replaced by the analogs, but the doctor said that it is the most effective drug in terms of effectiveness. Such expenses were well worth it, I achieved complete recovery and getting rid of an unpleasant infection.”
Karen Willis: “I was prescribed Valtrex before delivery. Before that, I was treated for genital herpes and there were exacerbations several times a year. I took Valtrex for the purpose of prevention, so that the child after childbirth had no problems, and he was not affected by the virus. As a result, everything went well, the child was healthy and there were not any infection in him.