Review: could Valtrex cause Diarrhea?


Summary

Diarrhea is found among people who take Valtrex, especially for people who are female, 60+ old , have been taking the drug for < 1 month, also take medication Zometa, and have Herpes zoster . We study 20,352 people who have side effects while taking Valtrex from FDA and social media. Among them, 920 have Diarrhea. Find out below who they are, when they have Diarrhea and more.

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Valtrex

Valtrex has active ingredients of valacyclovir hydrochloride. It is often used in herpes zoster. (latest outcomes from Valtrex 21,630 users)

Diarrhea

Diarrhea has been reported by people with breathing difficulty, fever, rashes, drug ineffective, weakness (latest reports from 253,439 Diarrhea patients).

On Sep, 19, 2016

20,352 people reported to have side effects when taking Valtrex.
Among them, 920 people (4.52%) have Diarrhea


Number of reports submitted per year:

Could Valtrex cause Diarrhea?

Time on Valtrex when people have Diarrhea *:

  • < 1 month: 81.38 %
  • 1 - 6 months: 10.34 %
  • 6 - 12 months: 2.07 %
  • 1 - 2 years: 0.0 %
  • 2 - 5 years: 4.83 %
  • 5 - 10 years: 1.38 %
  • 10+ years: 0.0 %

Gender of people who have Diarrhea when taking Valtrex *:

  • female: 66.09 %
  • male: 33.91 %

Age of people who have Diarrhea when taking Valtrex *:

  • 0-1: 0.0 %
  • 2-9: 0.79 %
  • 10-19: 3.03 %
  • 20-29: 5.39 %
  • 30-39: 10.0 %
  • 40-49: 13.82 %
  • 50-59: 18.03 %
  • 60+: 48.82 %

Severity if Diarrhea when taking Valtrex **:

  • least: 20 %
  • moderate: 80 %
  • severe: 0.0 %
  • most severe: 0.0 %

How people recovered from Diarrhea **:

  • while on drug: 0.0 %
  • after off the drug: 0.0 %
  • not yet: 100 %

Top conditions involved for these people *:

  • Hypertension (96 people, 10.43%)
  • Herpes Zoster (96 people, 10.43%)
  • Multiple Myeloma (89 people, 9.67%)
  • Pain (64 people, 6.96%)
  • Prophylaxis (62 people, 6.74%)

Top co-used drugs for these people *:

  • Zometa (147 people, 15.98%)
  • Lasix (134 people, 14.57%)
  • Aspirin (109 people, 11.85%)
  • Protonix (105 people, 11.41%)
  • Ambien (105 people, 11.41%)

Top other side effects for these people *:

  • Nausea (307 people, 33.37%)
  • Vomiting (246 people, 26.74%)
  • Pyrexia (206 people, 22.39%)
  • Fatigue (202 people, 21.96%)
  • Pain (175 people, 19.02%)

* Approximation only. Some reports may have incomplete information.

** Reports from social media are used.

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