what is valacyclovir and how does it work?
Valacyclovir is an antiviral suppressive approved by the FDA to treat herpes simplex, which is categorized into two types, herpes simplex type 1 and herpes simplex type 2 (also known as HSV-1 and HSV-2). HSV-1 is most commonly associated with cold sores (although it can also cause genital herpes), while HSV-2 is the main cause of genital herpes. Valacyclovir works by blocking the virus' polymerase enzyme. By doing so, the medicine is able to stop the herpes simplex virus from building DNA and replicating itself inside of you. This reduces the severity of your herpes outbreaks, and when taken as a suppressive therapy for genital herpes, reduces the ability of the virus to transfer between hosts. The active ingredient in valacyclovir is valacyclovir hydrochloride. Head over to our blog here for more information about how valacyclovir works and some history about the product.
what is oral herpes?
Oral herpes is an infection of the lips, mouth, or gums most commonly caused by the herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1).
what is genital herpes?
Genital herpes is a common STI caused by two types of viruses: herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1) and herpes simplex virus type 2 (HSV-2).
is this safe/what are the side effects?
Valacyclovir is generally well-tolerated when taken as instructed by your healthcare provider. The most common side effects include headache, dizziness, nausea, stomach pain, or vomiting. Other side effects that have been reported with the use of valacyclovir include painful periods in women, joint pain, depression, low blood cell counts, and changes in tests that measure how well the liver and kidneys workIf you develop any side effects that concern you, or any of these side effects persist or worsen, please contact your healthcare provider.
can i use this for any type of herpes treatment?
Valacyclovir is used to treat both oral and genital herpes, but you should only take valacyclovir for the condition for which it was prescribed to you and only as your healthcare provider has instructed.
i already have an active lesion/outbreak. will this work?
Valacyclovir works best when taken at the first signs of an outbreak. For an oral outbreak, this can be when you feel that tingly, itching, blistering or burning in or around the mouth. For a genital outbreak, this can be a fever, body aches, swollen glands, or sores which appear as one or more blisters on or around the mouth, rectum or genitals. Valacyclovir can be used if you already have an outbreak, but it is not as effective as when taken within 24 hours after the first signs of your flare up.
i placed an order, how does this work?
Since valacyclovir is a prescription medication, before your order can be processed, you must be evaluated by a healthcare provider, who will determine whether it is appropriate for you. After you place your order you will be prompted to complete a medical assessment with one of the healthcare providers practicing through our platform, which will be conducted either asynchronously or via a video or audio call, depending on what state you live in. If the provider determines it’s appropriate, they can prescribe you valacyclovir and your order will be processed.
how often will my prescription be shipped to me?
After your doctor has written your prescription, your treatment will be shipped to you in 5-7 business days. Your shipment will include enough for three treatments so you are always prepared. We'll automatically send you another refill depending on the type of treatment and shipping option you chose, so no matter what - in the office, on the road, in your gym bag - you'll be covered.