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May 26, 2021 Read Time - 6 minutes

Can You Get a Valtrex Prescription Online?

Herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1) and genital herpes (HSV-2) are extremely common viruses. In fact, about 20% of the U.S. population has some type of herpes infection.

If you are suffering from cold sores or genital herpes, you may be wondering about your options for medications and treatment.

Read on to learn more about Valacyclovir (Valtrex), how it works, and how to get a Valtrex prescription online.

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What Is Valtrex?

Valtrex is an antiviral medication used to treat infections caused by viruses such as herpes simplex and varicella zoster. It can be used to treat outbreaks of genital herpes and may help reduce the number of possible additional outbreaks.

Valtrex can also be used to treat adults for shingles caused by the varicella  zoster virus. In children, Valtrex can be used to treat cold sores that are on the mouth and caused by chickenpox (varicella zoster) and the herpes simplex virus. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Valtrex for public use in 1992.

How Does Valtrex Work?

For maximum effectiveness, Valtrex should be taken at the first sign of a herpes outbreak. The medication works best when taken at evenly spaced intervals which keeps the amount of medication at a consistent level in your body. 

Since there is no cure for herpes, the virus continues to live in your body between outbreaks. However, Valtrex decreases both the severity and the length of outbreaks. 

Valtrex Dosage and Treatment

Valtrex can be taken with or without food. The dosage and treatment of this medication depend on your medical condition. It should be noted that people with kidney disease should have a reduced dosage of this medication. Dosage for various conditions may include the following:

  • Chickenpox: For cases of chickenpox, the usual dose is 20 mg/kg three times a day for 5 days. It is recommended that treatment is started at the earliest sign of symptoms.
  • Cold Sores: The dosage for cold sores is 2,000 mg every 12 hours for 1 day.
  • Genital Herpes: The dosage for an initial episode of genital herpes is 1,000 mg two times daily for 10 days. In the case of recurrent genital herpes, the dose is commonly 500 mg two times a day for 3 days.
  • Shingles: Also known as herpes zoster, shingles is usually treated with 1,000 mg of Valtrex three times a day for 7 days. Treatment should begin at the first appearance of a rash.

“To help clear up your infection, keep taking valacyclovir for the full time of treatment, even if your symptoms begin to clear up after a few days,” according to Mayo Clinic. “Do not miss any doses. However, do not use this medicine more often or for a longer time than your doctor ordered.”

Benefits of Valtrex

In one study, Valtrex was shown to prevent the spread of the genital herpes virus from one sexual partner to another. It is estimated that genital herpes affects one in five adults. Many people who are infected may not know because they present with little to no symptoms.

In the New England Journal of Medicine study, monogamous couples who were heterosexual were asked to use condoms during sexual intercourse. In previous research studies, many couples who had been instructed to use condoms for the study did not follow these instructions.

The study showed that the chances of the partner contracting herpes without showing symptoms was reduced by 50%. In addition, the chance of getting herpes and showing symptoms was reduced by 77%.

Although Valtrex is not a cure for herpes, it may reduce your symptoms by slowing down the growth of the virus, decreasing symptoms of pain and itchiness, and helping to prevent new sores. This can give your body’s immune system time to fight off the infection and reduce the number of future outbreaks.

Side Effects of Valtrex

Side effects of Valtrex are generally mild. Some common side effects of Valtrex include:

  • Cold symptoms
  • Abdominal pain
  • Joint pain
  • Rash
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Reduced white blood cell count
  • Increase in liver enzymes

Serious side effects are less common but more likely to occur in elderly patients.

These symptoms may include:

  • Depression
  • Confusion
  • Agitation
  • Hallucinations
  • Delirium
  • Increased heart rate
  • Encephalopathy
  • High blood pressure
  • Lowered number of blood platelets
  • Seizures

Considerations and Precautions of Valtrex

The herpes virus can be passed on to your partner even if you are symptom-free. It’s always a good idea to use a method of barrier birth control such as a condom or a dental dam. You may want to avoid kissing or close contact with others until your cold sores have completely healed.

Be sure to tell your doctor about any existing medical conditions before taking Valtrex, such as a weak immune system or if you have been diagnosed with HIV/AIDS. Let your doctor know about any current medications you are taking, even vitamins or herbal supplements.

Taking Valtrex can be harmful to your kidneys, especially if you take it in conjunction with other medications that can also harm your kidneys. Talk with your doctor about any history of kidney disease, any prior history of kidney or bone marrow transplants, or if you are on kidney dialysis treatment.

Valtrex and Pregnancy

Consult with your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant before taking Valtrex. This medication does not show to be harmful to an unborn child but it does pass into your breast milk if you are breastfeeding.

Can You Buy Valtrex Online?

Yes, you can legally get a Valtrex prescription online by scheduling a consultation with a licensed medical doctor. Your doctor will then send the prescription for a pharmacy to fill. You should be wary of dubious websites that offer to sell medication without a prescription and don’t have an address in the U.S.

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Get a Valtrex Prescription Online

With safe and convenient online telehealthcare websites, it’s possible to get a Valtrex prescription from the comfort of your own home. Sites like PlushCare offer appointments with a qualified physician via video chat or telephone call where you can get a professional evaluation, diagnosis, and prescription for medications such as Valtrex.

To speak with a trusted physician at Plushcare, just call (888) 660-5348 or click here to make a discreet online appointment. During your appointment, you can discuss the risks and benefits of Valtrex with your doctor to find out if it is right for you.


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Sources:

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World Health Organization. Herpes simplex virus. Accessed on May 20, 2021 at https://www.who.int/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/herpes-simplex-virus 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Genital HSV Infections. Accessed on May 20, 2021 at https://www.cdc.gov/std/tg2015/herpes.htm 

Mayo Clinic. Valacyclovir (Oral Route). Accessed on May 20, 2021 at https://www.mayoclinic.org/drugs-supplements/valacyclovir-oral-route/proper-use/drg-20066635 

New England Journal of Medicine. Once-Daily Valacyclovir to Reduce the Risk of Transmission of Genital Herpes. Accessed on May 20, 2021 at https://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/nejmoa035144

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