Valtrex Overview, Dosage, How to Take, Side Effects and Overdose

Valtrex is an antiviral drug. It slows the growth and spread of the herpes virus to help the body fight the infection. Valtrex is used to treat infections caused by herpes viruses, including genital herpes, cold sores, and shingles (herpes zoster) in adults. Valtrex is used to treat cold sores in children who are at least 12 years old, or chickenpox in children who are at least 2 years old. Valtrex will not cure herpes and will not prevent you from spreading the virus to other people.

What is the dosage for Valtrex?

  • For the treatment of herpes zoster (shingles), the usual dose is 1 gm. three times a day for 7 days. Treatment should begin at the first symptom and is most effective if started within 48 hours of the onset of rash. The dose for chickenpox is 20 mg/kg 3 times daily for 5 days (maximum dose is 1000 mg 3 times daily) and treatment should start at the earliest sign or symptom
  • For the treatment of an initial episode of genital herpes, the usual dose is 1 gram (1000 mg) twice daily for 10 days. For the treatment of recurrent genital herpes, the usual dose is 500 mg twice daily for 3 days. For best results, treatment should be initiated within 12 hours of the start of symptoms
  • The dose for cold sores is 2000 mg (2 grams) every 12 hours for 1 day