Famvir (famciclovir) is an antiviral medication used to treat herpes virus infections such as genital herpes, cold sores, and acute herpes zoster (Shingles). It inhibits the herpes virus’ development and spread, allowing the body to combat the illness. Famciclovir will not cure herpes, but it will help to alleviate the symptoms.
Famvir is occasionally used to treat herpes outbreaks around the mouth, genitals, or anal region in patients who have the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).
Mucocutaneous/Immunocompetent Host: Usual Adult Dose for Herpes Simplex:
- Recommended starting dose with 250 mg orally three times a day for seven to ten days (CDC)
Dose for Herpes Simplex in Adults
- In HIV-positive individuals with recurrent orolabial or genital herpes, use 500 mg orally twice a day for 7 days
Suppression: Usual Adult Dose for Herpes Simplex
Recurrent genital herpes suppression on a long-term basis:
- Patients with a good immune system should take 250 mg orally twice a day.
- The recommended dose is Famvir 500 mg orally twice a day for HIV-infected individuals.
Dose for Herpes Zoster in Adults:
- For 7 days, take 500 mg orally every 8 hours.
Dose for Herpes Simplex Labialis in Adults:
- 1500 mg orally as single dosage for recurrent herpes labialis
- Famvir should be taken exactly as directed by your doctor. Read any medication guides or instruction papers that come with your prescription and follow all of the instructions on the label. Your doctor may have to adjust your dose from time to time.
- Taking more of this medication than recommended will not improve its effectiveness.
- Famvir for shingles is best administered within 48 hours after the onset of symptoms of shingles (such as pain, burning, blisters).
- This drug should be started as soon as possible when the first signs of cold sores or genital herpes occur (such as tingling, burning, blisters).
Famvir Side Effects
This medication’s potential side effects include:
- Rashes or itching
- Treatment using this drug should begin as soon as feasible following the initial onset of symptoms.
- Herpes infections are infectious, and you can spread them to others even if you are taking this medication. Allowing contaminated regions to come into touch with other persons should be avoided. Avoid rubbing your eyes after touching an affected area. Regularly washing your hands will prevent you from spreading the virus to others.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is Famvir Generic Name?
The generic name of this medication is Famciclovir.
Can I take this drug with other medications?
Yes, it may be used alone or with other medications.
How long does it take for Famvir to start working?
Results of studies showed this drug to be of benefit when administered within 72 hours of the onset of symptoms. A significant benefit is derived if treatment is started within 48 hours.