Valcivir 1000mg medicine is categorized under antivirals. Its generic name is valacyclovir. It is used for the treatment of Herpes Viruses.
What are the uses of this medicine?
It is most commonly used in the treatment of infections caused by Herpes Viruses and Chickenpox.
- Valcivir treats Genital Herpes (sexually transmitted viral infection). This medicine works to prevent the outbreaks of infection caused by the herpes simplex virus.
- It is often prescribed for Shingles (Herpes Zoster). This infection causes painful rash along with blisters and causes burning sensations. Usually infects the patients who have had chickenpox in the past.
- This medicine is used in the treatment of Cold Sores (Herpes Labialis). The condition caused by the virus is small and painful ulcers around the lip. The medicine limits the speed of the herpes virus from spreading.
Valcivir does not fully cure the infection but helps in preventing outbreaks of infection. It helps to reduce the risk factor of viruses spreading to other people in contact. In addition, doctors even prescribe valacyclovir/ valcivir for the treatment of Chickenpox (varicella-zoster infection).
What are the side effects of Valcivir?
Valcivir 1000mg has some common side effects like:
- troubled sleep
- Feeling empty/sad
- Mood swings
- Itchy and skin rash
- Confusion and aggression
One might experience swelling in the lip, tongue, and throat region. Some might have a fever, problems in breathing, a decrease in the frequency of urination, abdominal pain, and chest pain in rare cases.
How to use Valcivir?
Take this medicine with water. Application while taking the medicine with or without food should be taken into consideration with the consultation or as advised by the doctor.
Common Dosage of Valcivir
The medicine should be taken as per your doctor's prescription.
Missed Dose: You should take the missed doses of Valcivir as soon as possible. However, if the next dose is scheduled you can skip the previous dose.
Overdose: Always keep in mind not to take an extra dose to compensate for the missed dose. It could lead to severe other side effects like vomiting, nausea, and dizziness. You should not stop taking this medicine. Always consult your doctor before you stop consuming the medicine.
How does Valcivir work?
Valcivir works to stop the reproduction of viruses and further spread of the infection.
Warning and Precautions before taking Valcivir
Consult your doctor
Before taking Valcivir, consult with your doctor. Check the ingredients list, if you are allergic to any component of the medicine. Do not consume the medicine in that case. Also, share your medical history with the doctor before taking this medicine.
Use this medicine very cautiously. It often increases the risk of severe effects on kidney failure and blood clots. Patients suffering from HIV/AIDS or with a history of kidney disease have a higher risk of kidney failure.
It is unsafe to use Valcivir 1000mg with patients who have a medical history of liver diseases. Consult your doctor before taking a Valcivir 1000mg.
Can women take this medicine during pregnancy?
No, pregnant women should not consume this medicine unless it's unavoidable or advised by the doctor in an emergency. One must keep in mind the risks and effects before taking Valcivir.
Can lactating women take this medicine?
Valcivir is not advisable for breastfeeding women unless necessary. Keep in mind the risks and effects of the medicine. If it becomes necessary, you should consult your doctor before taking this medicine.
Driving and operational work Precautions
The major side effect of this medicine is that it makes the person drowsy. It is advisable to avoid driving after taking the medicine or do not operate any machinery while taking this medication. Do not engage in any operational work after consuming the medicine. It creates dizziness and tiredness which may affect your work.
Avoid sexual contact if you are suffering or have symptoms of Genital Herpes.
When not to take this medicine?
If a person is allergic to valacyclovir, acyclovir, or any other ingredient mentioned in the list of the Valcivir medicine. It is advisable for patients not to take this medicine.
How to store Valcivir?
Valcivir medicine can be stored under 30*C. Avoid keeping it in the open and do not freeze the medicine.
Warning: Keep it in a safe place or out of the reach of children.
- Do not take expired medicines.
- Always take the medicine as advised by the doctors in proper doses.
- Do not take the above-mentioned medicine for any other disease related to the information of the medicine. It is not a substitute for any other diseases.