Val acyclovir is an antiviral medicine used to treat three types of herpes namely: Genital herpes, cold sores and the shingles. The drug mimics DNA building blocks and it is found in the nucleoside class of drugs. In order for the virus to spread it must replicate. This medicine stops the replication of the virus. Preventive and safety measure should also be taken in handling the medicine.
- Initial outbreak
Val acyclovir is used in the treatment of herpes. This herpes medication Valacyclovir is taken orally and it gets more absorbed in the stomach. This antiviral medicine can greatly reduce the time it takes for an outbreak to break, can also reduce how severe the disease may actually get and can also reduce painful days that a patient endures. For some patients this medication can decrease the days the infected person can affect others. This antiviral medicine taken orally is prescribed just to alleviate some of the threats of the herpes symptoms of any outbreak or it can be prescribed to prevent reactivation of the virus.
- Recurrent outbreaks
The antiviral medicine is more effective when taken at least 5-7 days in a 500 mg two times per day. It is a short-term medication taken with recurrent outbreaks; however it works well if it is taken at the very first tingling or pain. This can continue until the symptom disappears completely. Patients with frequent attack from herpes take the medicine every day to at least reduce the re-occurrence of herpes. Herpes medication of Val acyclovir can reduce the effect of the disease up to 80%.
Suppressive Therapy Studies have shown that infected people who take the daily dosage of the medicine in the suppressive therapy can reduce chances of infecting their partners. The prescribed dosage of the medication in the suppressive therapy is just once per day. The medicine at this stage is as effective as the one taken twice a day in the recurrent stage.
- Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) patients
Patients who are already infected with HIV virus should seek medical recommendation on the dosage of this medicine. Different people are in different stage of their illnesses and the dosage may be increased or it may require a much longer treatment in order for it to be effective.
- Side Effects
every medicine has side effect that comes along with it. Some of the side effect of this medicine are; Pale skin, less urination, diarrhea, fever, red spots and other effects. Some may have allergy reactions to the medicine which may become harmful to the body especially to the red blood cells and they should call their doctor immediately.It is wise to visit the doctor every now and then to figure out if there is anything that you should be aware of. Prescribed medications should be taken seriously and the dosage should be completed even if the symptoms have already disappeared. Checkups are highly recommended as they show the progress of your health. Keeping record of the medicine you are prescribing to take is also a wise thing to do.