Antiviral Agent

At a Glance

  • Oral medication available in 500mg and 1000mg tablets
  • Shortens the duration of outbreaks
  • Works best when taken within 24-48 hours of first noticing symptoms
  • Reduces chances of transmission
  • Helps relieve pain and discomfort during an outbreak

The Details

Valacyclovir is an antiviral medication prescribed to treat and manage herpes, cold sores, and shingles. This medication is taken twice daily during a herpes outbreak to shorten the duration of the outbreak. It can be prescribed to be taken as a daily medication to reduce the risk of outbreaks and transmission.

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Starts at $0.60 per 500mg Tablet

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What to know about Valacyclovir

How it Works

While there are no known cures, antiviral medications like Valacyclovir can prevent or shorten herpes outbreaks during the time a person takes the medication. Daily use of an antiviral medication for herpes can also reduce the likelihood of transmission to partners.

Who is it for?

Valacyclovir is an antiviral medication prescribed to treat those diagnosed with herpes simplex 1 and herpes simplex 2 (HSV-1, HSV-2)


A daily dose of Valacyclovir is clinically shown to reduce the frequency of herpes outbreaks.1

1. NIH National Library of Medicine, Suppressive valacyclovir therapy to reduce genital herpes transmission: Good public health policy?

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Valacyclovir Side Effects

  • Headache or confusion
  • Gastric distress (Upset stomach, vomiting, constipation, diarrhea
  • Itching
  • Jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes)
  • Fever
  • Dizziness
  • Blood in the urine

Good to know

For best results and continued efficacy, continue to take Valacyclovir for the full course as prescribed by your doctor even after symptoms begin to subside.

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