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?
- Do you accept insurance?
- Why doesn’t Alpha treat patients with genital Herpes who are immunosuppressed (immunocompromised)?
- Am I only infectious when I have an outbreak?
- Can I take medication to prevent an outbreak?
- What causes cold sores?
- What are the risks of taking valacyclovir?
- Other companies offer suppressive treatment medication for cold sores, how come Alpha Medical doesn’t?
- How soon will my cold sores disappear?
- Can I safely take valacyclovir when I am breastfeeding?