This treatment plan contains information regarding the medication that was prescribed to you including but not limited to: ingredient information, interactions, side effects, instructions for use, and other important information you should know prior to starting it.
Valacyclovir is an FDA-approved treatment for oral cold sores, genital herpes, and herpes zoster in adults. Hims & Hers offers access to valacyclovir for the treatment of RECURRENT genital herpes (not the initial, or first, infection you’ve ever experienced).
** If you are experiencing a new genital lesion that you are concerned may be due to the herpes virus, please see a healthcare provider in-person in order to get an accurate diagnosis prior to seeking treatment through the Hims & Hers platform.
This treatment plan reviews the risks and benefits of the treatment your physician is recommending for GENITAL HERPES. Please make sure to read it in addition to the manufacturer’s pamphlet that comes with the medicine. If you would like to learn more about valacyclovir for the treatment of oral herpes, please click on this link
What is valacyclovir?
After taking valacyclovir by mouth, it is quickly converted in the body to acyclovir, an antiviral drug that is active against Herpes Type-1 and Herpes Type-2 viruses. Specifically, it lowers the ability of herpes viruses to multiply in your body.
Valacyclovir is only available with a healthcare provider’s prescription.
Valacyclovir used daily (SUPPRESSIVE THERAPY) with safer sex practices can lower (but not completely eliminate) the chances of passing genital herpes to your partner.
What is genital herpes?
Genital herpes is a sexually transmitted disease (STD). It causes small, painful blisters on your genital area. You can spread genital herpes to others, even when you have no symptoms. If you are sexually active, you can still pass herpes to your partner, even if you are taking valacyclovir. Research shows that valacyclovir taken every day (SUPPRESSIVE THERAPY) as prescribed and used with safer sex practices (condoms) can lower the chances of passing genital herpes to your partner.
Recurrent genital herpes infections are outbreaks that occur following your initial infection. The frequency and severity of recurrent genital herpes infections generally decrease over time, although this varies from person to person.
What is the difference between EPISODIC and SUPPRESSIVE treatment of recurrent genital herpes?
How do I determine which treatment is right for me?
The following is provided for informational purposes only. Please discuss which treatment is appropriate for you with your healthcare provider:
I don’t experience frequent/severe outbreaks and I am currently not sexually active → EPISODIC THERAPY I prefer only to take medication when I start experiencing symptoms of an outbreak → EPISODIC THERAPY I have a sexual partner who does not have genital herpes and I don’t want them to contract it from me → SUPPRESSIVE THERAPY I have frequent and/or severe episodes of recurrent genital herpes → SUPPRESSIVE THERAPY (if you have greater than 9 outbreaks a year, we recommend that you seek care with a healthcare provider in-person)
Does valacyclovir cure genital herpes?
No, there is no cure for genital herpes
How should I take valacyclovir?
Valacyclovir is a tablet that is taken by mouth with or without food.
Episodic treatment: 500 mg twice a day for 3 days
Suppressive treatment: 500 mg once daily
Who should not take valacyclovir?
Do not take valacyclovir if you are:
If any of the following conditions apply to you, please speak with a healthcare provider in-person about seeking treatment for your oral herpes:
Can I take valacyclovir if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?
It is best that you see a healthcare provider in-person if you are pregnant or breastfeeding to discuss the best approach to managing your genital herpes.
What are valacyclovir’s ingredients?
What are the most common side effects of valacyclovir?
Use & Storage
Store the medicine in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light. Keep from freezing. Keep out of the reach of children. Do not keep outdated medicine or medicine no longer needed.
Ask your healthcare professional how you should dispose of any medicine you do not use.