It is important to take valacyclovir at the first sign or symptom because there is no evidence that the medication works once lesions are visible. Most people will be able to tell when an outbreak is coming on. They may experience burning, itching, tingling, or other sensations that alert them to an imminent outbreak.
Taken at the earliest feelings that an outbreak is on the verge of occurring, valacyclovir may either abort the attack or shorten how long it will last. Remember, with valacyclovir treatment for herpes, the earlier you take it after the symptoms appear, the better.
Please see the full Prescribing Information here.
This information is not, nor is it intended to be, a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and should never be relied upon for specific medical advice. If you have any questions or concerns, please talk to your healthcare provider.