|Valaciclovir (Generic Valtrex) 500mg Tablets||10||£30.00|
|Valaciclovir (Generic Valtrex) 500mg Tablets||20||£55.00|
|Valaciclovir (Generic Valtrex) 500mg Tablets||30||£80.00|
|Valaciclovir (Generic Valtrex) 500mg Tablets||84||£210.00|
Valaciclovir is an antiviral medicine. It stops the infecting virus from reproducing. Since the virus reproduces very early in the infection, you will benefit most from treatment if you take Valaciclovir Tablets as soon as the first symptoms appear.
Valaciclovir Tablets are used to treat genital herpes viral infections in adults. Genital herpes is a viral infection caused by herpes simplex virus type 1 or 2. It is normally spread by sexual contact. It causes blisters and burning or itching around the genitals, which may be painful. Valaciclovir is used to treat genital herpes infections in adults. People who have frequent episodes of genital herpes can also take Valaciclovir to help to prevent the attacks.
If you suffer from six or more outbreaks a year suppression treatment may be suitable for you. Suppression treatment is taken everyday and helps to prevent recurrent outbreaks by 70-80% and can sometime prevent outbreaks all together. Studies also show that outbreaks are milder and shorter than without suppression treatment.
To treat an outbreak of genital herpes take one tablet twice times a day for 5 days. For suppression treatment take one tablet once a day.
Aciclovir and Valaciclovir are closely related. Valaciclovir is a prodrug of aciclovir which means that after it is taken, it is converted in the body to aciclovir. The advantage of taking valaciclovir over aciclovir is that it doesn’t have to be taken as frequently as so it is more convenient for the patient to comply with the regime. However, aciclovir is more cost-effective especially for suppression treatment. Both medicines are equally effective for treating genital herpes.
Valaciclovir is the active ingredient in Valtrex and is available in a generic, unbranded tablet. Valaciclovir and Valtrex are medically equivalent but Valaciclovir is available at a much lower cost.
Generic medicines contain the same active ingredient and are equally effective and medically equivalent as the branded products but are available at a lower price. Generic manufacturers have to demonstrate that they are medically identical to the branded product - i.e. they offer the same quality, strength, stability and effectiveness.
Generic medicines are required meet the same standards of safety, quality and efficacy as the branded medication. To receive market approval from the European Medicines Agency and MHRA, a generic medicine must be 'bioequivalent' to the originator product.
Genital herpes is a very common and highly contagious infection usually spread through sex. This infection is usually caused by the herpes simplex virus-2 (HSV-2) or the herpes simplex virus-1 (HSV-1), the virus usually responsible for cold sores
Most cases of genital herpes are caused by infection by the herpes simplex virus type 2 (HSV-2). Herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1) is more often the cause of cold sores or fever blisters. It can also be a cause of genital herpes.
Most people with genital herpes don't know they have it. That's because in most people it produces either no symptoms or very mild ones.
Anyone who has sex can catch genital herpes. The people at most risk are those having unprotected sexual intercourse (i.e. not using condoms), especially those with more than one sexual partner and those who change sexual partners.
Even though you can still pass the infection, you may never notice symptoms from an HSV infection. On the other hand, you might notice symptoms within a few days to a couple of weeks after the initial contact. Or, you might not have an initial outbreak of symptoms until months or even years after becoming infected.
When symptoms occur soon after a person is infected, they tend to be severe. They may start as small blisters that eventually break open and produce raw, painful sores that scab and heal over within a few weeks. The blisters and sores may be accompanied by flu-like symptoms with fever and swollen lymph nodes.
Any of the following symptoms of a genital HSV infection can occur in a man or a woman:
Common side effects include:
Self-care measures may be helpful for some people:
Find out more about genital herpes treatment
Always read the patient information leaflet before commencing treatment. View patient information leaflet.