Valtrex vs Zovirax



Valtrex

  • Valtrex
  • What is Valtrex

    Valtrex (Valacyclovir) is used to treat herpes virus infections, including herpes labialis (also known as cold sores), herpes simplex (also known as genital herpes) and herpes zoster (also known as shingles) in adults. It is also used to treat chickenpox and cold sores in children.

  • Valtrex price

    $ 29.99 (Package 0.5g x 6 pills)

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  • How to take valtrex

    Swallow the pills whole with a full glass of water. The pills may be taken with or without food.

  • How long does it take for valtrex to work

    It depends on several factors, including the severity of the outbreak and how quickly you take it after you know an outbreak is starting. valtrex is usually prescribed for a 7- to 10-day period, which is close to the time it takes for the herpes blisters to heal. Many people who take valtrex notice some relief from symptoms within 2 or 3 days.

  • Valtrex dosage

    Your dose will depend upon the type of your infection, so take valtrex exactly as your doctor tells you to. For the treatment of shingles, the usual dose is 1 gm. three times a day for 7 days. The dose for chickenpox is 20 mg/kg 3 times daily for 5 days. For the treatment of an initial episode of genital herpes, the usual dose is 1 gram twice daily for 10 days. For the treatment of recurrent genital herpes, the usual dose is 500 mg twice daily for 3 days. The dose for cold sores is 2 grams every 12 hours for 1 day.

  • Side effects

    • Nausea, vomiting;
    • Stomach pain, diarrhea;
    • Dizziness, headache;
    • Mental/mood changes (like confusion, agitation, or hallucinations);
    • Trouble speaking;
    • Shaky or unsteady movements;
    • Changes in the amount of urine;
    • Extreme tiredness;
    • A slow, fast, or irregular heartbeat;
    • Bloody or dark urine;
    • Fever, seizures;
    • Jaundice (yellowing of skin or eyes);
    • Sudden vision changes;
    • Loss of consciousness.

Zovirax

  • Zovirax
  • What is Zovirax

    Zovirax (Acyclovir) is a medication to treat infections caused by the herpes virus. The herpes virus can cause cold sores, lesions in the genitals, shingles and chicken pox. Acyclovir can decrease the duration of infection and decrease the intensity of symptoms.

  • Zovirax price

    $ 24.95 (Package 200mg x 30 pills)

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  • How to take zovirax

    Swallow the pills whole with a full glass of water. The pills may be taken with or without food.

  • How long does it take for zovirax to work

    It depends on several factors, including the severity of the outbreak and how quickly you take it after you know an outbreak is starting. zovirax is usually prescribed for a 7- to 10-day period, which is close to the time it takes for the herpes blisters to heal. Many people who take zovirax notice some relief from symptoms within 2 or 3 days.

  • Zovirax dosage

    Your dose will depend upon the type of your infection, so take aciclovir exactly as your doctor tells you to. Adult oral doses for treating genital herpes are 200 mg every 4 hours (5 times daily) for 7-10 days or 400 mg three times daily for 5-10 days. Herpes Zoster (shingles) is treated with 800 mg every 4 hours (5 times daily) for 7 to 10 days. The dose for treating chicken pox is 800 mg 4 times daily. The usual adult intravenous dose is 5-10 mg/kg every 8 hours for 7-10 days.

  • Side effects

    • Nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea;
    • tiredness and malaise;
    • headache, dizziness;
    • muscle or joint aches;
    • visual changes, hallucinations;
    • fluid retention, hair loss;
    • changes in behavior, seizure;
    • severe rash, hives, or a rash that causes blisters and peeling;
    • yellowing of skin or eyes;
    • unusual bleeding or bruising;
    • swelling of face, lips, or tongue;
    • decreased urine output or blood in the urine;
    • extreme sleepiness or confusion;
    • tingling, numbness, or shakiness.

Reviews

Vojta

I've been taking generic valaciclovir by Apotex (availible in EU) since June. I was prescribed 500mg 3 times day. But I don't have any side effects so far. I know it is too early to say if it works. But is there anyone who got better and didn't have adverse effects during treatment? At my next appointment I going to ask for higher doses for me and I will also consider possibility to switch to original brand.

suzanne66

There are generics of both acyclovir and valacyclovir on the market. Most are from India and much much cheaper, made by reputable firms with a presence in the US under FDA approval... like Ajanta, Cipla, and Ranbaxy.

Benita

It seems Valacyclovir have minimum or not effect in me. I take 2k mg 12 hours apart and the virus still follows its life cycle. Maybe it gets more discreet to the sight, but thats all about it.

leachbutton1

Can anybody tell me how to deal with a red, swollen eye with blurred vision 5 days after stopping using Zovirax eye ointment. Could anybody also tell me how to stop falling asleep while taking aciclovir tablets. I find this drug debilitating and will go to see an optician about my virus.

Domenic

My first outbreak was the worse. I had to squirt water inside of me to pee and took pain pills so that I could sleep. It makes you wonder how someone with herpes passes it on. As for your question how long before the outbreak begins to subside instead of getting worse, is different for everyone. With me, it was at least a week before the medication started to work. However, it took about a month before all of the sores went away. I also stayed on an antiviral drug since and it has been 9 years. Without acyclovir, I would still get outbreaks and even have them on it.

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