Average Rating: 3.2 (607 Ratings)

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 4  Shingles Nausea, bloating, stomach pain, headache, loss of appetite I do believe this drug shorten the course my shingles, and cleared up the rash pretty quickly. But now left with horrible GI stuff. Hoping it passes soon. Would think twice bout taking this again due to side effects. F 55 7 days
1000 3X D
 3  genital herpes supression it started out fine with a little bit of tiredness low motivation, which i expected from the 1000mg two times a day dose for my initial outbreak. after that i started a suppression dose and i have been feeling progressively worse each day. super vivid dreams/nightmares, panic attacks, disassociation, dizziness, restlessness, confusion, weak muscles, low motivation, ect... i would rather have the outbreaks at this point. about to stop taking it and face the wrath of my body's withdrawals from it and the social toll of telling people i dont medicate for their protection. RIP. my advice if you have a bunch for long term supression and you get bad side effects... keep the pills for when yoh have an outbreak, take one 500mg in the morning and one at night for a week, then stop. M 22 1 months
500mg 1X D
 2  recurrent shingles weight gain, depression, extreme lethargy, stomach bloating/pain, water retention, anxiety. F 52 2 years
500 2X D
 5  Maybe shingles, maybe HSV-1 Slight headache, restlessness, anxiety, fever, fatigue, facial swelling. Most of these are probably from the herpes, as I had a severe primary outbreak, and not the medication. Had an outbreak of painful blisters and severe swelling across lips, nose, and cheeks. Doctor thought it was highly suspicious for HSV-1, but could also be shingles, or impetigo. Dr. would not swab sores so that we could be sure. Started Valtrex and Bactroban, and things got worse before they better, but no new blisters appeared, and a week later my face is 99% healed up. As far as I am concerned this is a miracle drug, and I only wish I had started it earlier, as I still have neurological pain, and it looks like most of the healing blisters across my face will scar. I've been doing a lot of research on herpes, and herpes itself has CNS effects that can explain some of the neurological effects that I experienced, such as restlessness and anxiety. Not to mention the severe pain that I was in. F 39 6 days
1 gram 2X D
 4  Shingles I took for 6 days stopped because tongue and throat burning I read to always gurgle with 2 Tbsp coconut oil every day as long as you can spit in trash cause oil and rinse mouth well . It stopped burning although shingle spot was drying up great but side pain still there and woke up with pain at 2 also I drank lots and water and L- Lysine . Used be bengay /bio freeze but witch hazel helped dry up better in spray bottle with tea tree/peppermint/lavender oil for itching and coolness but gabapentin before bed only thing that helped sleep all night and kept pain away till next night . F 55 6 days
500 3X D
 1  New HSV1 Diagnosis Immediate headache, followed by nausea, upset stomach, diarrhea. After 2 days, dizziness/vertigo was added to the other symptoms. Low energy, general malaise, very tired I think I'd rather get an outbreak than to have to ever take this medicine again...I'm super inclined to stop taking it mid-course because the side effects are unbearable. I can't function in my daily life, including work. F 45 4 days
2X D
 1  Cold sore prevention Extreme anxiety, rapid pulse, muscle weakness. Headache. I thought I was going crazy until I remembered to check this site. I was prescribed this drug three days ago following a medical procedure that can cause cold sores in people who have the virus, as I do. I took 5 doses and started having extreme anxiety attacks and rapid pulse after the fourth dose. Muscle weakness similar to what happened to me on statins. Constant headache that I thought was allergies. I finally thought about any changes in my routine, remembered the Rx, and looked it up here. Seems many others have had similar issues. Iíll take a cold sore any day over this. F 60 3 days
500 MG 2X D
 1  HSV2 Bone pain,headaches extreme panic attacks ,nausea My has went into my spinal fluid urine retention and bowel issues F 51 3 days
3000 1X D
 1  Shingles Horrible drug. Caused severe restlessness, panic attacks, dizziness,GI issues, insomnia, brain fog, neuropathy, fatigue, Dysautonomia. Also muscle issues-burning pain, stiffness, weakness and wasting. Horrible drug. I took it several times at a high dose for suspected Shingles and didn't feel right but thought it was mold we had found or that I just randomly got sick. When I took it last time, just 4 doses in had a severe reaction with 20 symptoms. It's been 9 months now and still have muscle wasting, severe muscle pain, brain fog all the time. This drug ruined my life. I think because I took it three times in a year and kept taking it despite side effects (didn't connect the dots), it caused lasting CNS and musculoskeletal damage. No doctors have any answers and can't believe this drug can cause this amount of damage. I know what happened. I was perfectly healthy before this. F 42 7 days
1000 mg 3X D
 1  Anti viral during chemo Started with muscle spasms after 6 weeks on. Then severe spasms. Then depression. And by 4-5 months anxiety attacks soo severe ... horrible. I thought it was all from ibrutinib chemo pill but when I stopped chemo the valtrex side effects continued for weeks of depression snd anxiety attacks. I restarted one year later and after a few days I noticed vertigo and dizziness... I stopped and now I feel great. Not taking that journey again. F 60 6 months
1,000 1X D
 3  HSV-1 genital Although it has helped the herpes, my hair is thinning, I have horribly morbid nightmares, and my anxiety and lack of motivation is through the roof. Not to mention that when I was on Valtrex my original dosage of 1000mg a day used to give me severe stomach pains. it's good for its intended use, but the side effects are a bit much F 19 100 days
500mg 1X D
 1  Shingles Extreme panic attacks within 1-2hrs of taking this following by racing heart! I had to stay laying down fighting panic attacks one right after the other. When I stood to go to bathroom my heart would pound! After 5hrs I finally came off the horrible side effects. I wish I had read this page before taking this as I see many people had similar effects. Not taking this anymore. F 38 1 days
1gm 1X D
 5  shingles in eye No side effects at all--had very severe shingles in the eye and trigeminal nerves. Now day 8 I am experiencing severe heartburn. Thinking it MAY be the valtrex so I'm going off it. But it was a miracle cure of excruciating pain--60% better within 2 hours of the first pill. F 74 8 days
1000 3X D
 1  HSV-1 Actually caused breakouts, and the breakouts moved locations. I also Believe it triggered an autoimmune disorder and have spent the last 2 years in pain seeing specialist after specialist without any resolution. I've also spent thousands of dollars. It's is AWFUL. I would never recommend. F 37 7 months
1X D
 1  Shingles Severe depression, insomnia, vivid nightmares, heartburn, rage This medication needs to be pulled from the market. It is evil. F 45 60 days
1000mg 2X D
 4  HSV-2 lack of appetite Breakout treatment was 1000mg twice a day for 7 days. I've been 500 mg daily for suppression therapy, so far so good. F 41 3 weeks
500 1X D
 5  Oral cold sore I experienced slightly elevated levels of anxiety and restlessness, accompanied by very vivid dreams. This medication, at this dosage, can completely stop the initial appearance of a cold sore in its tracks. I cannot recommend this medication enough for occasional suppression, should the side effects not be too intolerable. F 40 1 days
2g 2X D
 5  I have the B Virus. Possible depression I started out taking 1000mg, 3 times a day. I requested to reduce the dose to 2 times a day because I believe it gave me vivid dreams. I have taken Valtrex for 12.5 years straight and have been recommended to continue said dose throughout my life. I know living in a Pandemic can be part of my problem but, possibly the Valtrex is a major factor in my mental health. Also, I have a lot of inflammation in my abdomen area, recently had my Gallbladder removed. M 63 12 years
1000 2X D
 1  Hsv-1 Panic attacks, nausea, fatigue, VERY ANXIOUS, A LOT OF Anxiety, increased heart rate, and etc. This medicine is literally the worst I'll rated have sores on my Genitals. I'm still recovering I just stopped taking I feel like I'll never be myself again ! F 21 10 weeks
500mg 1X D
 3  shingles migraine and nausea and dizziness that may you crawl on floor and wish to die never again my outbreak of shingles cleared up but incapacitated me so I dont know whats worse F 45 7 days
1 G 3X D

VALTREX  (VALACYCLOVIR HYDROCHLORIDE):  Valacyclovir is used to treat infections caused by certain types of viruses. In children, it is used to treat cold sores around the mouth (caused by herpes simplex) and chickenpox (caused by varicella zoster). In adults, it is used to treat shingles (caused by herpes zoster) and cold sores around the mouth. Valacyclovir is also used to treat outbreaks of genital herpes. In people with frequent outbreaks, this medication is used to reduce the number of future episodes. Valacyclovir is an antiviral drug. It stops the growth of certain viruses. However, it is not a cure for these infections. The viruses that cause these infections continue to live in the body even between outbreaks. Valacyclovir decreases the severity and length of these outbreaks. It helps the sores heal faster, keeps new sores from forming, and decreases pain/itching. This medication may also help reduce how long pain remains after the sores heal.   (Sources: U.S. Centers for Medicare Services, FDA)