TREATMENT OF HERPES SIMPLEX
(valaciclovir hydrochloride monohydrate) film-coated tablet
Consumer Medicine Information
What is in this leaflet
This leaflet answers some common questions about Valaciclovir generichealth.
It does not contain all of the available information. It does not take the place of talking to your doctor or pharmacist.
All medicines have benefits and risks. Your doctor has weighed the risks of you taking Valaciclovir generichealth against the benefits they expect it will have for you.
If you have any concerns about taking this medicine, talk to your doctor or pharmacist.
Keep this leaflet with your medicine. You may need to read it again.
What Valaciclovir generichealth is used for
Valaciclovir generichealth is used to treat genital herpes infection.
Valaciclovir generichealth belongs to a group of medicines called antivirals. It works by stopping the multiplication of the virus which causes herpes.
Valaciclovir generichealth 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 generichealth tablets help the blisters to heal quicker. Taking the Valaciclovir generichealth tablets as soon as you feel an outbreak can help to prevent the blisters from developing.
Valaciclovir generichealth tablets can also be taken long term to help prevent the HSV infection returning.
Valaciclovir generichealth tablets are more effective in patients 50 years and over.
Valaciclovir generichealth 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 generichealth it is recommended that patients avoid contact when symptoms are present and always use condoms.
Valaciclovir generichealth 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 generichealth for another reason. Ask your doctor if you have any questions about why Valaciclovir generichealth has been prescribed for you.
There is no evidence that Valaciclovir generichealth is addictive.
Before you take Valaciclovir generichealth
When you must not take it
Do not take Valaciclovir generichealth if you are allergic to:
- medicines containing valaciclovir, acyclovir;
- 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 (lumpy rash), swelling of the face, lips or tongue which may cause difficulty in swallowing or breathing, hayfever, wheezing or shortness of breath or fainting.
Do not take Valaciclovir generichealth if you are pregnant, trying to become pregnant or breastfeeding, unless your doctor says you should. Your doctor will discuss the risks and benefits of using Valaciclovir generichealth when pregnant and during breastfeeding.
Do not take Valaciclovir generichealth if the expiry date (EXP) printed on the pack has passed.
Do not take Valaciclovir generichealth 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 generichealth during pregnancy.
Tell your doctor if you are breastfeeding or wish to breastfeed. Your doctor will discuss the risks and benefits of taking Valaciclovir generichealth when breastfeeding.
Tell your doctor if you have, or have had, any medical conditions, especially the following:
- kidney or liver condition;
If you have not told your doctor about any of the above, tell them before you start taking Valaciclovir generichealth.
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 generichealth, or may affect how well it works. These include:
- mycophenolate mofetil;
Your doctor can tell you what to do if you are taking any of these medicines.
If you are not sure whether you are taking any of these medicines, check with your doctor or pharmacist. Your doctor and pharmacist have more information on medicines to be careful with or avoid while taking Valaciclovir generichealth.
Use in children
There is not enough information to recommend the use of Valaciclovir generichealth in children
How to take Valaciclovir generichealth
Follow all directions given to you by your doctor and pharmacist carefully.
How much to take
Your doctor will decide what dose you should take and 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 generichealth 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 generichealth 500 mg tablet with water twice daily.
Long term treatment of genital herpes
If you have been prescribed Valaciclovir generichealth 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 (ie. 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 generichealth once daily to prevent recurrences.
How to take it
Swallow the tablets with a glass of water.
When to take it
The usual times to take the tablets are in the morning and evening.
How long to take it
The usual course of treatment is 5 days. However, your doctor may want you to take your tablets for 10 days.
For prevention of herpes infections, you should continue to take this medicine every day as prescribed by your doctor.
Keep taking Valaciclovir generichealth for as long as the course of treatment states. The herpes outbreak may not be completely over.
Do not stop taking Valaciclovir generichealth, even if you feel better after a few days, unless advised by your doctor.
If you forget to take it
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.
If you take too much (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 generichealth. Do this even if there are no signs of discomfort or poisoning. You may need urgent medical attention.
While you are taking Valaciclovir generichealth
Things you must do
Before starting any new medicine, tell your doctor or pharmacist that you are taking Valaciclovir generichealth.
Tell all the doctors, dentists and pharmacists who are treating you that you are taking Valaciclovir generichealth.
If you become pregnant or are trying to become pregnant or intend to breastfeed while you are taking Valaciclovir generichealth, tell your doctor.
Drink plenty of fluids while you are taking Valaciclovir generichealth.
Things you must not do
Do not stop taking Valaciclovir generichealth tablets, or alter the dose, without first checking with your doctor.
Do not use Valaciclovir generichealth to treat any other conditions unless your doctor tells you to.
Do not give Valaciclovir generichealth 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 generichealth affects you. Valaciclovir generichealth does not normally affect alertness; however, make sure you know how Valaciclovir generichealth affects you before driving, operating machinery or anything else that could be dangerous.
Tell your doctor or pharmacist as soon as possible if you do not feel well while you are taking Valaciclovir generichealth. Like all other medicines, Valaciclovir generichealth 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:
- gastrointestinal discomfort (vomiting, nausea, diarrhoea, constipation, abdominal pain and indigestion;
- dry mouth;
- difficulty sleeping;
- back pain;
- skin rash which may be itchy;
Some people are allergic to medicines. Symptoms of an allergic reaction may be mild or severe.
If you think you are having a allergic reactions to Valaciclovir generichealth 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:
- swelling of the lips/mouth;
- difficulty in breathing;
- hay fever;
- lumpy rash (hives);
Some rare side effects of Valaciclovir generichealth 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 generichealth treatment is stopped;
- unusual bruising or bleeding.
Tell your doctor immediately if you notice any bruising or bleeding, as this may indicate that your blood is not clotting properly.
- damage to the liver, which get better when Valaciclovir generichealth treatment is stopped.
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 generichealth:
- confusion or imagining sights or sounds (hallucinations);
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 taking Valaciclovir generichealth
Keep Valaciclovir generichealth 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 generichealth or any other medicine in the bathroom or near a sink.
Do not leave Valaciclovir generichealth in the car or on window sills. Heat and dampness can destroy some medicines.
If your doctor tells you to stop taking Valaciclovir generichealth, or your tablets have passed their expiry date, ask your pharmacist what to do with any that are left over.
What it looks like
Valaciclovir generichealth 250 mg is an oval, white, biconvex, film-coated tablets marked with VC1 on one side.
Valaciclovir generichealth 500 mg is an oval, white, biconvex film-coated tablet marked with VC2 on one side.
Valaciclovir generichealth 1000 mg is an oval, white, biconvex, film-coated tablets, marked with VC3 on one side.
Each pack contains 10, 30, 42 or 100 tablets.
Not all strengths and pack sizes may be marketed.
Each Valaciclovir generichealth tablet contains 500 mg of valaciclovir (as hydrochloride monohydrate).
- microcrystalline cellulose;
- magnesium stearate;
- Opadry White Y-5-7068 (PI 11771).
The tablets do not contain gluten, lactose, sucrose, tartrazine or any other azo dyes.
Australian Registration Numbers
Valaciclovir generichealth 250 mg: AUST R 170175.
Valaciclovir generichealth 500 mg: AUST R 170178.
Valaciclovir generichealth 1000 mg: AUST R 170194
Generic Health Pty Ltd
Suite 2, Level 2
19-23 Prospect Street
Box Hill, VIC, 3128
Telephone: +61 3 9809 7900
This leaflet was prepared in July 2019.
Published by MIMS April 2020