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Valtrex 500mg 1 tablet

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Valtrex is used to treat and prevent herpes simplexinfections of the skin or mucous membranes such as genital herpes. Valtrex helps to stop these infections from getting worse, it does not cure them. It works by slowing the growth and spread of the virus in the body.

Contains the active ingredient valaciclovir. Valaciclovir is known as a pro-drug. Once inside the body it is broken down into the active ingredient aciclovir, which is an antiviral medicine used to treat infections with herpes viruses. These include the viruses that cause cold sores and genital herpes (herpes simplex 1 and 2) and the virus that causes chickenpox and shingles (varicella zoster or herpes varicellae). Aciclovir works by stopping these herpes viruses from reproducing and infecting more cells in the body.

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