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CVS, Walgreens and Walmart Prices for Valtrex and Valacyclovir: November 2019

Prices for Valtrex and valacyclovir were unchanged at CVS, Walgreens, and Walmart from September through November 2019. However, you could save more by ordering those drugs online from eDrugstore.com.

The prices of Valtrex and valacyclovir held steady at CVS, Walgreens, and Walmart in November 2019, remaining at the same levels they reached in September. Actually, despite a slight August bobble in the prices of these drugs at CVS and Walgreens, November prices were at the same price points as they were in July.

Long recognized as the treatment of choice for infections caused by the herpes simplex viruses 1 and 2, valacyclovir is a powerful antiviral drug that can also reduce the discomfort caused by shingles.

What Is Shingles?

Shingles, a viral infection characterized by a painful rash, is caused by the herpes zoster virus, which arises when the long-dormant varicella-zoster virus that causes chickenpox reactivates in adulthood.

There is no cure for any of these pesky viruses, which once contracted go into permanent residence in the host’s body. During periods of dormancy, they reside quietly in nerve cells. However, during periods of stress or immune system weakness, they can become active again, causing cold sores, genital herpes, and shingles.

How to Fight Back

Until medical science comes up with a cure for this family of herpes viruses, the best one can do is to take valacyclovir (also available under the brand-name Valtrex) to minimize the number and severity of outbreaks.

Valacyclovir works by making it more difficult for herpes virus cells to multiply. This restricted ability to replicate itself lessens the frequency of herpes viral outbreaks and reduces the discomfort caused by such outbreaks as do occur.

On the price front, CVS’s price for Valtrex was unchanged at $19.12 per 500-milligram tablet in November. With the exception of a one-month dip to $13.94 in August, the Valtrex price at CVS has been $19.12 since July 2019.

Walgreens Much the Same

The same pricing pattern was observed at Walgreens, where the price for Valtrex was $19.37 in July, dropped to $13.96 in August, and then returned to $19.37 in September where it held steady through November.

Unchanged for the five months from July through November, Walmart’s price for Valtrex was $17.98 for a 500-milligram tablet throughout the period. The big-box store’s price for valacyclovir also held steady at $7.63 throughout the five-month period.

Same Pattern Emerges for Generics

Prices for valacyclovir at CVS and Walgreens seemed to move in lockstep with Valtrex prices at those retailers over the five-month period from July through November 2019. CVS’s posted price for valacyclovir was $8.04 in July, dropped to $2.86 in August, and then returned to $8.04 for September through November. At Walgreens, the valacyclovir price was $9.90 in July, $4.50 in August, and then back up to $9.90 for September through November.

These potent antiviral drugs are available at brick-and-mortar pharmacies throughout the United States and can also be ordered from reputable online prescription drug services such as eDrugstore.com. Based in Tempe, Arizona, eDrugstore has been in business since the late 1990s.

Antiviral Prices at eDrugstore

The prices for Valtrex and valacyclovir at eDrugstore in November were even less expensive than those at CVS, Walgreens, and Walmart, America’s three largest prescription drug retailers. The November prices at eDrugstore for Valtrex and valacyclovir were $16.04 and $2.96, respectively.

On top of that, eDrugstore’s prices cover not just the medications but a bundle of added-value services as well. When you order online from eDrugstore, you’ll save yourself travel to and from the local pharmacy as well as any time you might waste waiting for the pharmacist to fill your prescription. And you’ll get free delivery.

If you don’t yet have a prescription, eDrugstore has a service that can help. Its complimentary consultation service will hook you up online with a physician licensed to practice in your state. If the doctor decides that you’re an appropriate candidate for the drug, a prescription will be authorized. To learn more, pay a visit to eDrugstore’s  Sexual Health page.

Don Amerman has spent more than three decades in the business of writing and editing. During the last 15 years, his focus has been on freelance writing. For almost all of his writing, He has done all of his own research, both online and off, including telephone and face-to-face interviews where possible. Don Amerman on Google+