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Effective Medication Can Help Reduce Herpes Virus Infection

A herpes infection is very painful, irritating and has a huge impact on the quality of your life. People who suffer from this viral infection literally feel that a few days have been taken away from their lives. Valtrex is a prescribed medication for the treatment of cold sores, genital herpes, and herpes zoster.


[b]How Valtrex Works?[/b]

The active component in Valtrex, [url=]valacyclovir[/url] is a pro-drug. This means that this medication is administered to the patient; it is relatively less active compared to the active form of other types of medications. A pro-drug gets active as quickly as it enters the human body. So, once valacyclovir is in your bloodstream, it metabolizes into its active form, called acyclovir. The work of acyclovir has proved to be quite effective against several other viruses that are a part of the herpes virus family including the herpes zoster virus, herpes simplex virus type 1(HSV-1), and the herpes simplex virus type 2 (HSV-2).

The action of Valtrex greatly helps block the working of the DNA polymerase, which is a viral enzyme. This enzyme is required by the herpes virus to reproduce genetic material, which later multiplies and spreads the infection from one body part to another. By hindering the function of the DNA polymerase, this drug greatly helps prevent the herpes virus from multiplying and spreading. Hence, the body’s immune system copes up well with the virus than to the system that deals with the virus without the help of the right medication. [url=]Valtrex[/url] is beneficial in controlling the infection.

[b]Consuming Valtrex[/b]

The medicine is doses of 500 and 1000 mg. To treat cold sores, only 2 grams of Valtrex is recommended. It should be taken at least twice a day for a day. There must be a 12-hour gap between both doses. For the treatment of genital herpes, 1 gram of Valtrex is prescribed and should be taken twice a day for around 10 days. Research supports the use of Valtrex and acyclovir that helps treat herpes infections and herpes labialis in cancer patients. The evidence to support the use of acyclovir in basic herpetic gingivostomatitis is relatively less strong.

[b]Valtrex Side Effects[/b]

Some of the most common side effects of this drug include a headache, abdominal pain, fatigue, vomiting, and painful menstruation. It is imperative to consult a doctor in case these side effects become bothersome or severe.
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