Infection with the herpes virus is associated with many different conditions, such as shingles, cold sores, genital herpes, and chickenpox. Valacyclovir hydrochloride (Valtrex®) is a prescription medicine licensed to treat these conditions and, in some cases, prevent them.
The medication comes in the form of a caplet. It is usually taken one, two, or three times a day, depending on the reason you are taking it. As with any medication, side effects are possible. Some of the most commonly reported reactions include:
- Abdominal pain (stomach pain).
(Click Valacyclovir for more information, including a detailed description of the drug's clinical effects and dosing tips to help you get the most out of each dose.)