Yes, the generic version of Valtrex (valacyclovir) should be cheaper.
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.
- Valtrex Information for Consumers
- Valtrex Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Valtrex (detailed)
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