valacyclovir, Valtrex

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GENERIC NAME: valacyclovir

BRAND NAME: Valtrex

USES: Valacyclovir is used to treat infections with shingles (herpes zoster), chickenpox (varicella zoster), genital herpes (herpes simplex genitalis), and cold sores (herpes labialis).

PRESCRIPTION: yes

GENERIC AVAILABLE: yes

SIDE EFFECTS: The side effect profile of valacyclovir is similar to that of acyclovir.

Common side effects are:

Other important side effects are:

More serious side effects include central nervous system side effects which are more likely to happen in the elderly such as:

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 3/28/2016



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