Varicella zoster virus (VZV) infections, herpes zoster, ophthalmic zoster

Active Ingredient: Valaciclovir

Indication for Valaciclovir

Population group: only adults (18 years old or older)

Valaciclovir is indicated for the treatment of herpes zoster (shingles) and ophthalmic zoster in immunocompetent adults.

For this indication, competent medicine agencies globally authorize below treatments:

3 g in 3 divided doses daily

Route of admnistration


Defined daily dose

3 - 3 g

Dosage regimen

From 1 To 1 g 3 time(s) per day every day for 7 day(s)

Detailed description

The dose in immunocompetent patients is 1,000 mg three times daily for seven days (3,000 mg total daily dose). This dose should be reduced according to creatinine clearance.

Dosage considerations

It can be taken with or without food.

Active ingredient


Valaciclovir, an antiviral, is the L-valine ester of aciclovir. Valaciclovir is rapidly and almost completely converted in man to aciclovir and valine. Aciclovir is a specific inhibitor of the herpes viruses with in vitro activity against herpes simplex viruses (HSV) type 1 and type 2, varicella zoster virus (VZV), cytomegalovirus (CMV), Epstein-Barr Virus (EBV), and human herpes virus 6 (HHV-6).

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