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Valacyclovir (Valtrex)

Also known as Valtrex

Valaciclovir (INN) or valacyclovir (USAN) is an antiviral drug used in the management of herpes simplex, herpes zoster (shingles), and herpes B. It is a prodrug, being converted in vivo to aciclovir. It is marketed by GlaxoSmithKline under the trade names Valtrex and Zelitrex. Valaciclovir has been available as a generic drug in the U.S. since November 25, 2009.

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Estimated Total Cost: $202.42 for an average of 21 days supply

What is it prescribed for?

Patients are most commonly prescribed valacyclovir to treat shingles (herpes zoster), cold sore, human immunodeficiency virus infection (hiv), and genital herpes.

What side effects are related?

Patients taking valacyclovir most commonly experience side effects like headache, nausea, and abdominal pain.

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