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Valacyclovir Hydrochloride is an acyclovir prodrug that inhibits viral DNA replication after metabolization. This medication is used in the management of herpes simplex and varicella-zoster infections, as well as prophylactically for human cytomegalovirus infections. It is an active component, which is an organic molecular entity.

Class of Drugs – An Antiviral Drug

Molecular Formula – C13H21ClN6O4

Molecular Weight – 360.8 g/mol

Working: Given the active component belongs to a group of drugs called antiviral drugs. The herpes virus spreads in the body by creating more of its cells. Valacyclovir Hydrochloride makes it harder for the herpes virus to multiply in the body. It does not cure herpes infections. The herpes virus may still live in the body after treatment. Infection may occur again at a later time even after the symptoms of the first infection are gone. It also prevents such a re-infection at a later time.

Uses: This is an antiviral drug slows the growth and spread of the herpes virus to help the body fight the infection. Valacyclovir Hydrochloride is indicated to treat infections caused by herpes viruses, such that genital herpes, cold sores, and shingles in adults. This active ingredient treats cold sores in children above 12 years old or chickenpox in children above 2 years old. It will not cure herpes and will not prevent from spreading the virus to other people.

Popular Brands and Dosages: Mentioned active component is used in a popular brand medicine as follows:

  • Valtrex: 500 mg and 1000 mg

This medication will not prevent the spread of genital herpes. Herpes infections are contagious.