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Brand name: Valaciclovir (Generic Health) 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 opthalmic 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 Altic, it is recommended that patients use safer sex practices (See Precautions). 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 3 Years.

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

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

Visual appearance

Oval, white, biconvex, 8.8 x 17.6 mm with VC2 on one side.

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Do I need a prescription?

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

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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