Safety Concerns and Specific Uses for Valacyclovir
What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider?You should talk with your healthcare provider before taking valacyclovir if you have:
- Kidney disease or kidney failure (renal failure)
- Had a bone marrow transplant or kidney transplant
- HIV or AIDS
- Problems with the immune system or immune system disorders, such as cancer
- Any allergies, including allergies to foods, dyes, or preservatives.
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are:
- Pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant (see Valtrex During Pregnancy)
Tell your healthcare provider about all of the medicines you currently take, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
(Click Warnings and Precautions With Valacyclovir to learn more, including information on who should not take the drug.)
- Treating chickenpox in children
- Treating shingles in adults
- Treating cold sores in adults and children
- Treating genital herpes in adults
- Preventing recurrent genital herpes outbreaks in adults
- Decreasing the spread of herpes to sexual partners in adults.
This medication is not a cure for shingles, genital herpes, or cold sores.