Valacyclovir (Generic Valtrex) is an antiviral drug that treats the symptoms of certain viral infections. In children, it is used to treat cold sores around the mouth (caused by herpes simplex) and chickenpox (caused by varicella zoster). In adults, it is used to treat shingles (caused by herpes zoster) and cold sores around the mouth. It can also treat outbreaks of genital herpes. In people with frequent outbreaks, this medication can reduce future episodes.
Valacyclovir limits the growth of certain viruses, but it is not a cure for these infections. Between outbreaks, they continue to live in the body, potentially without any symptoms. Valacyclovir decreases the severity and length of outbreaks, helps sores heal faster, keeps new sores from forming, and decreases pain and itching. This medication may also help reduce pain while sores are healing.
Valacyclovir is the generic version of Valtrex and requires a prescription. You can get a prescription for valacyclovir at Blink Health, including online doctor visit.
All FDA-approved generics must have the same strength, dosage form, safety and effectiveness as their brand-name counterparts. All generic medications sold through Blink Health are FDA-approved.
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