Buy Valaciclovir Tablets Online in the UK
Valaciclovir 500mg is a treatment for Cold Sores. It is a prescription-only medication.
Symptoms of this condition start with a tingling, itching or burning sensation around your mouth. Small fluid-filled sores then appear, usually on the edges of your lower lip.
It works by killing or stopping the growth of viruses called herpes simplex and is effective for treating cold sores (In adults and adolescents over 12 years old).
Valaciclovir is not usually recommended for use during pregnancy. If you are pregnant or think you could be, or if you are planning to become pregnant, don’t take Valaciclovir without checking with your doctor.
It should not be taken by people who are allergic to valaciclovir or aciclovir or any of the other ingredients of this medicine.
For more information visit the NHS Choices Website.
Valaciclovir belongs to a group of medicines called antivirals. It works by killing or stopping the growth of viruses called herpes simplex (HSV), varicella zoster (VZV) and cytomegalovirus (CMV).
Cold sores and fever blisters are caused by herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1). This virus is passed from person to person by saliva (either directly, or by drinking from the same glass or cup) or by skin contact. Cold sores usually appear as clusters of tiny blisters on the lip.
HSV-1 can get active again because of a cold or fever. Stress also can lead to a cold sore outbreak. This includes mental and emotional stress, as well as dental treatment, illness, trauma to the lips or sun exposure.
What are the symptoms?
The primary infection can progress in different ways. Some people only have very mild symptoms or none at all.
The first outbreak starts one to three weeks after the virus has been contracted. It subsides spontaneously within a few weeks. Later, if HSV is reactivated, the blisters will return.
The first symptom of an outbreak is an unpleasant tingling feeling in the skin. After a short while, a number of fluid-filled blisters appear.
The sores become covered by scabs that, typically, fall off after 8 to 10 days. The virus can spread until the sores are completely covered by scabs.
Around 20 per cent of people with HSV antibodies have recurrent attacks of cold sores throughout their lives.
In children, the virus can infect the mouth and throat. The infection may be accompanied by a fever and general aches and pains.
Valaciclovir 500mg tablets for a cold sore outbreak
ONE to be taken TWICE a day for FIVE days treatment can continue for an additional FIVE days if new lesions occur during treatment.
Valaciclovir 500mg tablets for prevention of cold sores
ONE to be taken DAILY
Preventative treatment should be interrupted periodically at intervals of six to twelve months, in order to observe possible changes in the natural history of the disease.
Like all medicines, this medicine can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them. The following side effects may happen with this medicine:
Conditions you need to look out for:
- severe allergic reactions (anaphylaxis). These are rare in people taking Valaciclovir.
The rapid development of symptoms includes:
- flushing, itchy skin rash
- fall in blood pressure leading to collapse.
- swelling of the lips, face, neck and throat, causing difficulty in breathing (angioedema)
If you have an allergic reaction, stop taking Valaciclovir and see a doctor straight away
Very Common (may affect more than 1 in 10 people):
Common (may affect up to 1 in 10 people)
- feeling sick
- itching (pruritus)
- skin reaction after exposure to sunlight (photosensitivity)
Uncommon (may affect up to 1 in 100 people)
- feeling confused
- feeling agitated
- seeing or hearing things that aren’t there (hallucinations)
- feeling very drowsy
Please read the patient information leaflet for more information on side effects.