I see this is available as a generic. Who makes it and what are the available dosages for the drug.
8 Jul 2010
Valtrex is an antiviral drug. It slows the growth and spread of the herpes virus so that the body can fight off the infection. Valtrex will not cure herpes, but it can lessen the symptoms of the infection.
Valtrex is used to treat infections caused by herpes viruses in adults and children. Illnesses caused by herpes viruses include genital herpes, cold sores, shingles, and chickenpox.
Valtrex is used to treat cold sores in children who are at least 12 years old, and to treat chickenpox in children who are at least 2 years old.
Generics are made by the following companies:
Ranbaxy, Watson Labs, Sandoz, Teva Pharms, Mylan, Matrix Labs Ltd., Roxane, Dr Reddys Labs Ltd., Wockhardt, Aurobindo Pharma. (Company names are in short form).
The generics are available as 500mg and 1000mg tablets.
They are all stated to be therapeutically equivalent.
19 Jul 2010
Yes, there is a generic version of Valtrex available.
Generic Valtrex is used to treat chickenpox, shingles, cold sores, and genital herpes.
The active ingredient in Valtrex, or its generic name, is Valacyclovir.
Valtrex was first manufactured by GlaxoSmithKline and the patent expired in December 2009.
Starting in December 2009, Ranbaxy Pharmaceuticals, Inc., was the only manufacturer allowed to make and sell generic valacyclovir in the United States for 180 days, due to laws that give generic manufacturers incentives to challenge the patents of brand-name medications.
Once the exclusivity period expired many other companies started to manufacture generic Valacyclovir. These include:
Dr. Reddy's Laboratories
Matrix Laboratories, Limited
Ranbaxy Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Roxane Laboratories, Inc.
Generic valacyclovir comes in tablet form in the following strengths:
Valacyclovir 500 mg
Valacyclovir 1000 mg (1 gram).
Generic valacyclovir has been assigned an "AB" rating by the FDA meaning it should be equivalent to Valtrex.
5 Jul 2010
Generic Valtrex (valacyclovir) joins another herpes treatment, acyclovir (originally branded Zovirax), on the generic market. A third drug for herpes treatment, Famvir (famciclovir), it's not available as a generic drug.
Acyclovir (Zovirax) is effective, and its patent expired years ago, so its cost is usually low. The down side of this medication is that you must take it twice a day.
Valacyclovir (Valtrex) is also effective and relatively inexpensive. Its plus: You only have to take it once a day.
Famciclovir (Famvir) can still be quite expensive because it's not available as a generic drug.
Before you take any action see a Doctor in your case- Dermatologists and Infectious Disesase (ID) specialists. They will prescribe the dose required.
Never self medicate.
I do not know which company manufactures these meds... I do not have all the answers my friend.
Best of luck.
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