Valaciclovir Tablets

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What Is Valaciclovir?

Valaciclovir is a relatively new oral antiviral drug which is active against the herpes viruses and It is used to effectively treat and prevent Genital Herpes.

Valaciclovir is a "prodrug," in that it is not active itself. Rather, it is converted to aciclovir in the body, and it is the aciclovir that is active against the viruses. It belongs to a class of drugs called nucleoside analogs that mimic one of the building blocks of DNA. It stops the spread of herpes virus in the body by preventing the replication of Genital Herpes viral DNA that is necessary for viruses to multiply.

If the treatment with Valaciclovir is started early on in the episode of symptoms, it tends to reduce the severity and duration of symptoms during an episode of genital herpes.

How To Take


You should take ONE tablet TWICE a day for FIVE days.

For recurrent infection the duration of treatment is normally 3-5 days.

With or Without Food

The tablet can be taken with or without food.

Preventative Measure

To help prevent infections from returning after you have had them – take ONE tablet daily.

Special Instructions

Follow Instructions

Always take as directed by doctor or pharmacist and read instructions accompanied with medicine.

Keep Away From Children

Keep this medicine out of the sight and reach of children.


Do not store above 30°C.

Side Effects

Like all medicines, this medicine can cause side effects.

Although not everybody gets them and the effects are usually mild to moderate and of a short duration.

Please ensure you carefully read the Patient Information Leaflet accompanied with this treatment.

Common Side-Effects Include

  • Dizziness and Headache
  • Nausea and Vomiting
  • Diarrhoea and possible Stomach Pain

Patient Information Leaflet

We strongly advise that you carefully read the Patient Information Leaflet before you take this treatment.