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Herpes, Cold Sores And Shingles - Taking Charge With Valtrex

By Sally Gomes on September 15, 2010

Valtrex is one of the most powerful antiviral oral pills used for the treatment of a series of health conditions caused by the herpes virus. The medicine is licensed by the FDA to treat genital herpes, cold sores, shingles and chicken pox. But you need to consult your doctor and get a prescription before you can buy the drug.

Valtrex for genital herpes

Genital herpes (colloquially called herpes) is so far an incurable sexually transmitted disease. Caused primarily by the herpes simplex virus (HSV) II, herpes infection spreads rapidly through person-to-person contact. What Valtrex does is reduce the multiplication of the herpes virus in your body, so that symptoms do not occur frequently. It does not eliminate or kill the virus, it only lessens the severity of herpes infection and prepares the natural defense mechanism of your body to ward off the symptoms. The drug also reduces the chance of infection spreading to your partner when you're affected and vice versa.

It is recommended that the medicine should be taken once a day to lower the risk of herpes transmission. The standard 500mg dose, when taken upon your doctor's advice, can prevent herpes outbreaks. You are advised to take the medicine for 5-10 days to suppress the virus.

How effective is Valtrex for cold sores?

Cold sores or fever blisters as it is commonly called, is caused mainly by HSV-II. Valtrex is proven to be an effective remedy for this condition. A 1000mg dose twice on the first day and once a day for the next two days can give you relief from this unsightly and painful infection. Children under 2 years of age should be given the prescribed dose twice for one day only.

How does Valtrex treat shingles?

Shingles is also a HSV-borne infection in adults. The symptoms may include rashes on either the posterior or the frontal part of the body, accompanied by an irritable burning sensation. It becomes highly contagious if the rashes burst after turning into blisters. The pain that follows can be quite unbearable and it may last for long even after the rash is gone.

Valtrex helps heal the rashes faster to bring relief to you. But you should remember that the medicine does not cure shingles by getting rid of the herpes simplex virus from your body. The virus may become dominant anytime in future.

Can Valtrex prevent recurrences of all herpes types?

Valtrex is only a suppressive drug that controls the spread of infections caused by the herpes simplex virus. It does not cure any of the health conditions discussed above. To minimize the risk of recurrences, you need to follow a healthy lifestyle in general. This is because the medicine only works for people who have healthy immune systems. People with impaired immune systems, as in those with HIV and kidney problems, won't be benefitted by Valtrex. Also, organ transplants tend to weaken your body's natural immunity. So Valtrex therapy for preventing HSV infections from occurring in future will not be helpful if you ever had your kidney or bone marrow transplanted.

Valtrex 500mg is clinically proven treatment against herpes, shingles and cold sores. This treatment has been approved by FDA to clear up symptoms of genital herpes.

Original article published on SooperArticles.com

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