Valaciclovir is used to treat and prevent viral infections such as herpes and shingles.
Take valaciclovir regularly as directed with a glass of water. Keep taking it until the course is finished, even if you start to feel better.
Take the missed dose as soon as possible and continue as directed.
Tell your pharmacist or doctor about all medicines or treatments that you may be taking, including vitamins, herbal products or recreational drugs.
|Side Effects||Recommended action|
Reduced number of blood cells that help your blood to clot - symptoms include: easy or unusual bruising or bleeding
|Tell your doctor immediately|
|Tell your doctor|
Headache, tiredness or weakness
More sensitive to sunlight (sunburn or rash)
Nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea
|Tell your doctor if troublesome|
If you notice any other effects, discuss them with your doctor or pharmacist.
This leaflet contains important, but not all, information about this medicine.
Prepared by the MyMedicines Committee at Christchurch Hospital, Te Whatu Ora - Waitaha, New Zealand. March 2023
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