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This is a question you should ask your doctor or pharmacist. From what I know you cannot, but you should ask a medical professional.

Come to the Chat Room, there you will meet many nice Herpsters who can offer you their support.

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First of all, there may be no reason to increase your dosage. Taking more won't necessarily make things any better. As JB suggested, that is something to discuss with the doctor who prescribed the medication. If you feel the current dosage is not working well enough for you, perhaps a different antiviral is the answer rather than self-manipulation of your dosage.

Taking two one time probably won't cause you a problem, however it is possible to overdose on Valtrex (or any medication). All drugs have risks and side affects, even without taking too much. Overdosing increases the potential for adverse side affects. Here's a bit of info for you (not my words):

Valtrex Overdose

As with any medication, it is possible to take too much Valtrex. Overdose symptoms include a decrease in urine output, hallucinations, or aggressive behavior. The effects of the overdose can vary, depending on how much of the medication was taken and whether it was taken with any other medicines, alcohol, or drugs. Treatment options for a Valtrex overdose include pumping the stomach or dialysis.

Valtrex Overdose: An Overview

Valtrex® (valacyclovir hydrochloride) is a prescription medication that has been licensed to treat shingles, chickenpox, cold sores, and genital herpes. As with all medicines, it is possible to take too much Valtrex. The effects of a Valtrex overdose will vary, depending on a number of factors, including how much Valtrex was taken and whether it was taken with any other medicines, alcohol, or drugs.

If you happen to overdose on Valtrex, seek immediate medical attention.

Symptoms of a Valtrex Overdose

The effects of a Valtrex overdose may include:

  • Kidney problems or kidney failure
  • Nervous system problems.

This may cause signs or symptoms that include:

  • Decreased urine output
  • Drowsiness, headache, or back pain
  • Hallucinations
  • Aggressive behavior
  • Unsteady or shaky movements
  • Confusion
  • Speech problems
  • Seizures
  • Tremors
  • Loss of consciousness.

Treatment for a Valtrex Overdose

The treatment for a Valtrex overdose will vary. If the overdose was recent, the healthcare provider may use certain medicines or place a tube into the stomach to "pump the stomach." Treatment may also involve supportive care. This type of care consists of treating the symptoms that occur as a result of the overdose. For example, supportive treatment options for a Valtrex overdose may include:

  • Dialysis
  • Fluids through an intravenous line (IV)
  • Other treatments based on the complications that occur
  • Closely monitoring the heart and lungs.

It is important that you seek medical attention immediately if you believe that you may have taken a Valtrex overdose.

More than 1000 mg/day is not at all unheard of as a short term dosage of Valtrex. Talk with your doctor. I'd just suggest that there is a reason you pay some guy who went to medical school to guide you on your health care. Figure it out together. Don't just arbitrarily alter your dosage yourself.

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Yes, be careful and don't overdo it. I made myself really ill from taking too many. I couldn't tell what was herpetic and what was medicine. I can't take Valtrex anymore. Taking ribavirin now.

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Great reply RealisticG.

Imho, without overdosing, taking them a long-term is bad enough in my experience (toxicity buildup). Unfortunately, family doctors don't necessarily tell you (not that I am putting any blame on them lol) unfortunately, it's often all up to us to find out pros and cons about these "medication" drugs. xx

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  • 2 weeks later...

I was on 1000mg of generic Valtrex twice per day for about three weeks. It was the only thing that made my OB from Hell go away. After several months of 500mg twicer per day I was ready to do anything. I was at my second OB/GYN at that point and glad that she had experience prescribing the higher dose to patients. It ended my misery.

Why do you want to increase your dose?

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