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Generic name: Famciclovir

Packing: 30 tabs 200mg each

Famvir tablets help to control the growth of the herpes virus by enabling it withstand the infection. It is an anti-viral medication, and is best known for the treatment of recurrent genital herpes, restraint of persistent genital herpes, healing of intermittent genital herpes infections in HIV-infected patients and treatment of cold sores. Though it does not cure herpes, it aids to lessen the symptoms of this infection. It controls illnesses caused by herpes viruses;  cold sores, shingles, and chicken pox being some of them.

You should take Famvir as prescribed by your doctor. You must remember not to take more or less than the recommended dosage.

You should start treatment with this drug once you identify the symptoms of herpes; tingling, burning or blisters being some of them. You need to consume a lot of water while taking this medicine, so that your kidneys may continue to function properly.

You must complete the course of this medication as prescribed by your doctor. Even if you feel the symptoms have disappeared, you should complete the duration. You may consume Famvir before or after having food.

You should remember that this virus can be tranferred to others, as it is contagious. For this reason, you should act vigilantly while coming in contact with people. Moreover, you should wash your hands if you touch the infected area and make sure you do not touch your eyes as it can be harmful.

You need to be careful when taking Famvir if you are allergic to certain medicines. It is advisable to consult your doctor before starting this drug. Also if you suffer from certain aliments like kidney disease, galactose intolerance, severe lactase deficiency, or glucose-galactose malabsorption, you should infrom your doctor about it. He may not advise you take this medicine under these conditons, or recommend a special dosage for your. Moreover, Famvir contains lactose. In case if you have the hereditary problem of galactose intolerence, a serious lactase deficiency or glucose-glactose, you should not take this drug.

If you miss a dose, you do not have to take more of Famvir to make up for the missed dose. You can continue the medicine’s regular schedule if you miss a dose.

Like other medicines, Famvir also has some side effects. Hives, difficulty in breathing, or swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat are some grave side effects. However, people seldom encounter them. Some common ones include
nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, headache, diarrhea, dizziness, sleepiness;
mild itching or skin rash.

This article is for informational purposes only. For further instructions on Famvir consult with your doctor.

Effective dosage:

500-1500 mg/day

Possible side effects:

  • headache
  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • diarrhea
  • gas
  • stomach pain
  • tiredness
  • tingling of hands/feet


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