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Taking valtoval for vaginal infection. What are the side effects? Alternate medication?

presently im taking valtoval 500 which was suggested for vaginal severe infection for symptoms of herpis,till now i hv taken 9 tab.now infection is not there ,presently itching in vagina&sensation for urine but urine not comes immidiatly. sir i read about valtoval that it has side effects on kidney and many more ,sir what should i do should continue or pls suggest alternate tratement with no side effects
Wed, 24 Apr 2013
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Hi

Valaciclovir (INN) or valacyclovir (USAN) is an antiviral drug used in the management of herpes simplex, herpes zoster (shingles), and herpes B. It is a prodrug, being converted in vivo to aciclovir.

Common adverse drug reactions (≥1% of patients) associated with valaciclovir therapy are the same as for aciclovir, its active metabolite, and include: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and headache.

Infrequent adverse effects (0.1–1% of patients) include: agitation, vertigo, confusion, dizziness, edema, arthralgia, sore throat, constipation, abdominal pain, rash, weakness and/or renal impairment.

So you can see renal failure or damage is a very rare side effect of this medication.

All these antiviral medications have nearly the same side effect profile, so there is nothing like a drug with out any side effect.

Please continue your course and consult your doctor to discuss the further therapy.

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