Valacyclovir is a prodrug of acyclovir. In other words, valacyclovir is converted into acyclovir in your body. Acyclovir is the active component that fights off attacks of oral cold sores, genital herpes, and shingles in your body. Valacyclovir and acyclovir are both anti-viral medications. Valacyclovir works similarly as acyclovir and has an added advantage of a longer half-life meaning that you don’t have to take valacyclovir as frequently as acyclovir.
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- What is the difference between Acyclovir and Valacyclovir?
- What is genital herpes?
- Can genital herpes be cured?
- What causes genital herpes?
- Can a genital herpes outbreak be prevented?
- What treatment does Alpha Medical have for genital herpes infection?
- How can I protect myself and my partner from contracting sexually transmitted infections?
- Do you accept insurance?
- Why doesn’t Alpha treat patients with genital Herpes who are immunosuppressed (immunocompromised)?
- How is HSV-2 transmitted?