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. Treatment of ophthalmic zoster. Treatment of clinical episodes of genital herpes simplex infections. For the prevention of recurrent genital herpes in immunocompromised patients with creatinine clearance of > 15 ml/min. For the 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 (see PRECAUTIONS). For prophylaxis of cytomegalovirus (CMV) infection and disease following solid organ transplantation in patients at risk of CMV disease.
How to take it
The way to take this medicine is: Oral. This medicine is taken by mouth.
- Store below 25 degrees Celsius
- Shelf lifetime is 36 Months.
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Always read the label. If symptoms persist see your healthcare professional.
Blue, capsule shaped, biconvex, film coated, tablets, debossed with 'V' AND '5' on either side of breakline on one side, notched on either side along with the breakline and plain on the other side.
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Do I need a prescription?
This medicine is available from a pharmacist and requires a prescription. It is
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.
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