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Brand name: Valaciclovir (AN) TM

Active ingredients: valaciclovir

What it is used for

For the treatment of herpes zoster (shingles) in adult patients who commence therapy within 72 hours of the onset of rash.,For the treatment of ophthalmic zoster.,For the treatment of recurrent herpes labialis (cold sores),For the treatment of clinical episodes of genital herpes simplex infections.,For the prevention of recurrent genital herpes.,Reduction of transmission of genital herpes in patients suffering from recurrent genital herpes. In addition to therapy with Valaciclovir, it is recommended that patients use safer sex practices. ,Prophylaxis of cytomegalovirus (CMV) infection and disease following solid organ transplantation in patients at risk of CMV disease.

How to take it

You should seek medical advice in relation to medicines and use only as directed by a healthcare professional.

  • The way to take this medicine: Oral
  • Store below 25 degrees Celsius
  • Store in a Dry Place
  • Shelf lifetime is 3 Years.

Always read the label. If symptoms persist see your healthcare professional.

Visual appearance

Blue, film-coated, capsule shaped tablets with a partial scorebar on both sides containing 'F' on one side and '9' and '3' on the other side

Images are the copyright of the Pharmacy Guild of Australia

Do I need a prescription?

This medicine is available from a pharmacist and requires a prescription. It is Schedule 4 : Prescription Only Medicine.

Is this medicine subsidised?

This medicine was verified as being available on the PBS (Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme) on November 1, 2018. To learn more about this subsidy, visit the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) website.

Pregnant or planning a pregnancy?

For the active ingredient valaciclovir

You should seek advice from your doctor or pharmacist about taking this medicine. They can help you balance the risks and the benefits of this medicine during pregnancy.

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For side effects, taking other medicines and more

Download consumer medicine information leaflet (pdf) from the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) website

Reporting side effects

You can help ensure medicines are safe by reporting the side effects you experience.

You can report side effects to your doctor, or directly at www.tga.gov.au/reporting-problems

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