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Q: What is Valtrex prescribed for?

I found a prescription bottle hidden in the garage.  It's my husbands and its Valtrex.  Is there any other reason he'd be prescribed that other than for the obvious?  He claims its for vasticulitis???  I searched that on line and dont think there is even such a thing.Help!

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t, Community Member
6/ 6/09 1:38am

I would tell him ya ya ya sure its for vasticulitis. U need to take a blood test for all std tests to see if he has anything else to. Aparantly he cheated or had it before u got married. Its also possible u had it before u got married & passed it onto him but mabye u dont know u have it. Its hard to say. But with him lying about the valtrex that dont look good on him either. If u have any questions give me a hollar.

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jamie, Community Member
6/ 7/09 1:07am

its either for a sudden  herpes outbreak or sumtimes they use it for chicken poxs i would think you would know if he had chicken poxs

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roommate, Community Member
11/18/09 12:14am

Apparntly it is also prescribed for Shingles, also known as Herpes Zoster, which occurs when the Chickenpox virus becomes active again in someone who has previously had it.

http://www.rxlist.com/valtrex-drug.htm

http://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/shingles/shingles-topic-overview

 

Vasculitis is a broad term that encompasses many disorders that cause inflamation of the blood vessels

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vasculitis

 

To what extent Shignles is associated with vasculitis, and whether or not his story holds up I cannot say.  I did find one article that reports a connection between Shignels and cerebral vasculitis.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2448273/?tool=pubmed

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Brenda, Community Member
1/ 9/13 8:54pm

Did he mean "VASCULITIS?"  If so, here is the meaning of that:  

Vasculitis (plural: vasculitides)[1] is a group of disorders that destroy blood vessels by inflammation.[2] Both arteries and veins are affected. Lymphangitis is sometimes considered a type of vasculitis.[3] Vasculitis is primarily due to leukocyte migration and resultant damage.

Although both occur in vasculitis, inflammation of veins (phlebitis) or arteries (arteritis) on their own are separate entities.

 

I take a generic form of VALTREX, but it is NOT for GENITAL Herpes; instead, it is for 'regular' herpes - what most of us used to call 'cold sores' and is a virus that is forever in the body - no way to get rid of it.  Now, if I wasn't careful, I could pass on "Herpes #1" (Which is what they call the oral version) and it could turn in to "Herpes #2" (which is what they call the genital version).  When I feel the tingling of the outbreak about to happen, I take the pills and it supresses the virus and kind of 'puts it to sleep' - Like vasculitis, it does have to do with the immune system and flare ups because of the immune system.  I am not a doctor or a pharmacist, so I can't say with any certainty that this is what he has it for - but I would be up front and I don't think he could hide anything like 'herpes 1 OR 2, even if he tried!"  Unfortunately most of the population has a form of herpes, and most don't even know it.  Some are carriers, and others break out from it.  My first hubby was a 'carrier' - I, was the receiver!  Ahhh... the gift that keeps on giving!

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