Valtrex, also known as valacyclovir, is an antiviral medication used for the prevention of genital herpes outbreaks. Essentially, the Valtrex herpes medication impedes the growth and transmission of the virus to support the body in battling the infection.
The Use of Valtrex Herpes Medication
Herpes is found in 1 in 5 people, and a good number of those who are infected do not exhibit any symptoms and are unaware of their status. All sexually active adults—even those in closed, committed relationships—are advised to practice safe sex (e.g. using condoms). Despite this advisory, many couples neglect the use of protection. The use of Valtrex in this scenario may also significantly reduce the risk of herpes transmission during sexual intercourse.
Studies show that when taken once per day, Valtrex reduces the risk of getting infected with herpes without showing any signs and symptoms by around 50%. The medication also lowers the risk of contracting the virus with symptoms by around 77%.
Data collected over the years have revealed that the primary concern most patients have is passing genital herpes on to their partners. So Valtrex herpes medication is the single most effective preventative medication to lower the risk of its spread. That being said, protected sex is the safest way to protect yourself and your partners.
Valtrex Herpes Medication Precautions
Prior to using Valtrex, let your physician know if you have HIV/AIDS, an impaired immune system, kidney problems, or if you have recently received an organ transplant.
Valtrex can have a detrimental effect on the kidneys, and this risk is substantially higher if Valtrex is taken in combination with additional drugs that take a toll on the kidneys. Inform your physician of all the medications you are on. While taking Valtrex along with certain other drugs, your dose needs to be monitored. You will need to get various tests done to make sure everything is in order.
If you experience any symptoms such as bleeding or bruising easily, a fever, a skin reaction, diarrhea with blood, nausea/vomiting, skin discoloration, fatigue, or passing urine a lot less than you normally do, contact your physician about whether you need to stop using Valtrex.
While herpes cannot be cured, individuals who experience outbreaks frequently and severely can go on Valtrex herpes medication to avoid recurrent outbreaks.
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