Valtrex and Alcohol

by on July 2, 2012

Valtrex (valacyclovir) is an antiviral medication specifically used to treat infections caused by herpes viruses. This antiviral drug can help reduce pain, speed up recovery, and minimize potential risk of complications. It does not actually provide cure for herpes but only eases its symptoms.

Generally, alcohol should be avoided throughout the course of treatment with valacyclovir. Although product labels of Valtrex do not specifically indicate avoiding alcohol, healthcare providers usually advise against mixing alcohol and this medication. Alcohol is an active compound that can potentially reduce the effectiveness of this medication. It can also increase the risk of drug side effects, particularly dizziness.

Patients should not intentionally miss a dose of Valtrex if they want or plan to drink acohol.

Moderate Consumption

If you decide to drink while taking Valtrex, it is suggested that you drink moderately. Do not consume more than two drinks in one day or 14 drinks in a week. Anything beyond that is considered unhealthy and risky. Excessive consumption of alcohol does not only compromise the effectiveness of the drug, it also increases the risk of certain health problems. It is recommended that you drink a small amount of alcohol first to try and see how it affects you. Do not drink a huge quantity of alcohol all at once. If drinking with friends, inform them that you are taking medication and that they help you watch out for possible side effects. Never attempt to drink and drive, especially if you are taking medication.

Although alcohol should be generally avoided while being treated with Valtrex, you should feel free to discuss with your healthcare provider about your alcohol consumption. Your healthcare provider can give recommendations to suit your particular situation.