Valtrex and Genital Herpes
Valacyclovir is used to treat first episode and recurrent outbreaks of genital herpes. It slows down the spread of the herpes virus, reduces the duration and severity of outbreak, and viral shedding.
A burst of virus replication occures in the first 24 hours of a herpes outbreak. So the reatment of recurrent episode is most effective if started within one day of the appearance of symptoms. Valacyclovir may prevent the development of painful vesicular genital lesions when used promptly within 6 hours of the first sign of the attack4.
Dosage for genital herpes:
When is the best time to take Valtrex?
Valacyclovir is used to prevent recurrent outbreaks of genital herpes. Valacyclovir suppressive therapy is very effective: it reduces the frequency of recurrence by up to 75% and also reduces asymptomatic viral shedding between outbreaks2.
Dosage for suppressive therapy:
Reduction of transmission
In 2003 the U.S. FDA approved Valtrex for reduction of transmission of genital herpes to an uninfected sexual partner. In fact, transmission frequently occurs during periods of asymptomatic viral shedding.
Can you spread herpes (HSV) while taking Valtrex? Valacyclovir significantly reduces the chances of spreading herpes, but does not eliminate the risk completely.
Effectiveness in preventing HSV transmission: Valacyclovir reduces the overall risk of transmission of genital infection (HSV-2 seroconversion) by 48% and the risk of transmission of symptomatic genital herpes by 75%1, when used in combination with safer sex practices.
Dosage for reduction of transmission: 500 mg once daily in source partner.
Author: OriginalDrugs Team