Valaciclovir actavis

valaciclovir

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What VALACICLOVIR ACTAVIS is used for

VALACICLOVIR ACTAVIS is used to treat genital herpes infection.

VALACICLOVIR ACTAVIS belongs to a group of medicines called antivirals. It works by stopping the multiplication of the virus which causes herpes.

VALACICLOVIR ACTAVIS can reduce the length and severity of an outbreak and the duration of pain and shorten the time to healing of crusts associated with herpes. They do not eliminate the herpes virus from the body. The herpes virus is also known as the Herpes Simplex Virus, or HSV.

VALACICLOVIR ACTAVIS tablets help the blisters to heal quicker. Taking the VALACICLOVIR ACTAVIS tablets as soon as you feel an outbreak can help to prevent the blisters from developing.

VALACICLOVIR ACTAVIS tablets can also be taken long term to help prevent the HSV infection returning. VALACICLOVIR ACTAVIS tablets are more effective in patients 50 years and over.

VALACICLOVIR ACTAVIS tablets can also be taken continuously to reduce the risk of transmitting the virus that causes genital herpes or to reduce recurrent outbreaks. It does not cure genital herpes or completely eliminate risk of transmission. Therefore, in addition to therapy with VALACICLOVIR ACTAVIS it is recommended that patients avoid contact when symptoms are present and always use condoms.

VALACICLOVIR ACTAVIS is not a cure for genital herpes. Because genital herpes is a sexually transmitted disease, you should minimise having intercourse when you have an outbreak of herpes or show any symptoms. This will avoid the risk of spreading herpes to your partner.

Your doctor may have prescribed VALACICLOVIR ACTAVIS for another reason. Ask your doctor if you have any questions about why VALACICLOVIR ACTAVIS has been prescribed for you.

There is no evidence that VALACICLOVIR ACTAVIS is addictive.

Before you take VALACICLOVIR ACTAVIS

When you must not take it

Do not take VALACICLOVIR ACTAVIS if you are allergic to medicines containing valaciclovir, aciclovir or any of the ingredients listed at the end of this leaflet. Some of the symptoms of an allergic reaction may include skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips or tongue which may cause difficulty in swallowing or breathing, wheezing or shortness of breath or fainting.

Do not take VALACICLOVIR ACTAVIS if the expiry date (Exp.) printed on the pack has passed.

Do not take VALACICLOVIR ACTAVIS if the packaging is torn or shows signs of tampering.

Before you start to take it

Tell your doctor if you are allergic to any other medicines, foods, dyes or preservatives.

Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. Your doctor will discuss the risks and benefits of taking VALACICLOVIR ACTAVIS during pregnancy.

Tell your doctor if you are breastfeeding or wish to breastfeed. Your doctor will discuss the risks and benefits of taking VALACICLOVIR ACTAVIS when breastfeeding.

Tell your doctor if you have, or have had, any medical conditions, especially the following:

  • kidney or liver condition
  • anaemia.

If you have not told your doctor about any of the above, tell them before you start taking VALACICLOVIR ACTAVIS.

Taking other medicines

Tell your doctor if you are taking any other medicines, including any that you buy without a prescription from a pharmacy, supermarket or health food shop. Some medicines may be affected by VALACICLOVIR ACTAVIS, or may affect how well it works.

Tell your doctor if you are taking any of the following medicines:

  • Mycophenolate mofetil
  • Cyclosporin
  • Tacrolimus
  • Aminoglycosides
  • Organoplatium compounds
  • Iodinated contrast media
  • Methotrexate
  • Pentamidine
  • Foscarnet

Your doctor or pharmacist will be able to tell you what to do when taking VALACICLOVIR ACTAVIS tablets with other medicines. Your doctor and pharmacist have more information on medicines to be careful with or avoid while taking VALACICLOVIR ACTAVIS.

How to take VALACICLOVIR ACTAVIS

How much to take

Your doctor will decide what dose you should take, how often you should take it. The dosage may vary depending on your medical history.

Short term treatment of genital herpes:
If you have had a herpes infection before, you should start to take VALACICLOVIR ACTAVIS tablets as early as possible if you think you are about to have another recurrence. Dosing should ideally start before, or straight after the first signs of HSV infection appear. The usual dose is one VALACICLOVIR ACTAVIS 500 mg tablet with water twice daily.

Long term treatment of genital herpes:
If you have been prescribed VALACICLOVIR ACTAVIS 500 mg tablets to prevent the herpes infection appearing again, the usual dose to take is 500 mg once daily. Your doctor may recommend that you take this as a divided dose (i.e. 250 mg twice daily).

If you have had more than 10 recurrences in one year, your doctor may recommend that you take 1000 mg of VALACICLOVIR ACTAVIS once daily to prevent recurrences.

Follow all directions given to you by your doctor and pharmacist carefully.

How to take VALACICLOVIR ACTAVIS

Swallow the tablets with a glass of water.

If you forget to take VALACICLOVIR ACTAVIS

If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the dose you missed and take your next dose when you are meant to.

Otherwise, take the missed dose as soon as you remember, and then go back to taking your tablets as you would normally.

Do not take a double dose to make up for the dose you missed.

If you are not sure what to do, ask your doctor or pharmacist.

How long to take VALACICLOVIR ACTAVIS for

The usual course of treatment is five days. However your doctor may want you to take your tablets for ten days.

Keep taking VALACICLOVIR ACTAVIS for as long as the course of treatment states. The herpes outbreak may not be completely over.

Do not stop taking VALACICLOVIR ACTAVIS, even if you feel better after a few days, unless advised by your doctor.

If you take too much VALACICLOVIR ACTAVIS (overdose)

Immediately telephone your doctor, or the Poisons Information Centre (telephone 13 11 26), or go to Accident and Emergency at the nearest hospital, if you think you or anyone else may have taken too much VALACICLOVIR ACTAVIS. Do this even if there are no signs of discomfort or poisoning. You may need urgent medical attention.

While you are taking VALACICLOVIR ACTAVIS

Things you must do

Before starting any new medicine, tell your doctor or pharmacist that you are taking VALACICLOVIR ACTAVIS.

Tell all the doctors, dentists and pharmacists who are treating you that you are taking VALACICLOVIR ACTAVIS.

If you become pregnant or are trying to become pregnant or intend to breastfeed while you are taking VALACICLOVIR ACTAVIS, tell your doctor.

Drink plenty of fluids while you are taking VALACICLOVIR ACTAVIS.

Things you must not do

Do not stop taking VALACICLOVIR ACTAVIS tablets, or alter the dose, without first checking with your doctor.

Do not use VALACICLOVIR ACTAVIS to treat any other conditions unless your doctor tells you to.

Do not give VALACICLOVIR ACTAVIS to anyone else, even if they have the same condition as you.

Things to be careful of

Be careful driving or operating machinery until you know how VALACICLOVIR ACTAVIS affects you. VALACICLOVIR ACTAVIS does not normally affect alertness; however make sure you know how VALACICLOVIR ACTAVIS affects you before driving, operating machinery or anything else that could be dangerous.

Side effects

Tell your doctor or pharmacist as soon as possible if you do not feel well while you are taking VALACICLOVIR ACTAVIS. Like all other medicines, VALACICLOVIR ACTAVIS may have unwanted side effects in some people. Sometimes they are serious, most of the time they are not. You may need medical treatment if you get some of the side effects.

Do not be alarmed by this list of possible side effects. You may not experience any of them.

Ask your doctor or pharmacist to answer any questions you may have.

Tell your doctor if you notice any of the following and they worry you:

  • headache
  • gastrointestinal discomfort (vomiting, nausea, diarrhoea, constipation, abdominal pain and indigestion)
  • dry mouth
  • fever
  • difficulty sleeping
  • chills
  • back pain
  • nervousness
  • skin rash which may be itchy
  • weakness.

Some people are allergic to medicines. Symptoms of an allergic reaction may be mild or severe. They usually include some or all of the lips/mouth, difficulty in breathing, hay fever, lumpy rash (hives) or fainting.

If you think you are having a allergic reactions to VALACICLOVIR ACTAVIS tablets stop taking the tablets and tell your doctor immediately or go to Accident and Emergency at the nearest hospital. Symptoms usually include some or all of the following:

  • wheezing
  • swelling of the lips/mouth
  • difficulty in breathing
  • hay fever
  • lumpy rash (hives)
  • fainting.

Some rare side effects of VALACICLOVIR ACTAVIS are as follows:

  • sensitivity to UV light, such as development of a rash like sunburn even after short exposure to UV light swelling of the lips or mouth
  • damage to the kidney, which gets better when VALACICLOVIR ACTAVIS treatment is stopped
  • unusual bruising or bleeding
  • damage to the liver, which gets better when VALACICLOVIR ACTAVIS treatment is stopped
  • coma
  • agitation
  • tremor
  • uncoordinated muscle movements and speech
  • psychotic episodes
  • convulsions
  • brain injury

Tell your doctor immediately if you notice any bruising or bleeding, as this may indicate that your blood is not clotting properly.

Tell your doctor if you notice any of the following side effects which are more common in patients with kidney disease or those taking high doses of VALACICLOVIR ACTAVIS:

  • confusion
  • dizziness
  • drowsiness
  • decreased consciousness

Other side effects not listed above may also occur in some patients. Tell your doctor if you notice anything that is making you feel unwell.

After using VALACICLOVIR ACTAVIS

Storage

Keep VALACICLOVIR ACTAVIS where children cannot reach it. A locked cupboard at least one-and-a-half metres above the ground is a good place to store medicines.

Keep your tablets in their pack until it is time to take them. If you take the tablets out of the pack they may not keep well.

Keep your tablets in a cool dry place where the temperature stays below 25°C.

Do not store VALACICLOVIR ACTAVIS or any other medicine in the bathroom or near a sink.

Do not leave VALACICLOVIR ACTAVIS in the car or on window sills. Heat and dampness can destroy some medicines.

Disposal

If your doctor tells you to stop taking VALACICLOVIR ACTAVIS, or your tablets have passed their expiry date, ask your pharmacist what to do with any that are left over.

Product description

What it looks like

  • VALACICLOVIR ACTAVIS 500 is an oval white tablet marked with VC2 on one side.
    Each pack contains 10, 30, 42 or 100 tablets.
  • VALACICLOVIR ACTAVIS 1000 is an oval white tablet marked with VC3 on one side.
    Each pack contains 4 or 21 tablets.

Ingredients

The active ingredient in VALACICLOVIR ACTAVIS is valaciclovir hydrochloride.

  • each VALACICLOVIR ACTAVIS 500 tablet contains 500 mg of valaciclovir
  • each VALACICLOVIR ACTAVIS 1000 tablet contains 1000 mg of valaciclovir

The tablets also contain:

  • microcrystalline cellulose
  • crospovidone
  • povidone
  • purified talc
  • magnesium stearate
  • Opadry II 85F18738 White (ARTG 12135)

The tablets do not contain gluten, lactose, sucrose, tartrazine or any other azo dyes.

Note: This information may not be actual at the time of reading. Always look for actual instructions in the package with the medication.
It is forbidden to use these materials without the advice of healthcare professional.

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