Famvir (Famcyclovir) Customer Reviews


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Famciclovir is indicated for the treatment of symptoms associated with herpes zoster, a viral infection caused by the herpes virus affecting the skin. It is also utilized for the management and suppression of herpes labialis, commonly referred to as cold sores, as well as for recurrent episodes of genital herpes infection. This medication is additionally employed for the treatment of recurrent herpes virus infections affecting the mucous membranes of the lips, mouth, and genitals in patients with HIV infection. Famciclovir is in a class of medications called antivirals. It works by stopping the spread of the herpes virus in the body.

Uses and Dosage

Take famcyclovir orally, with or without food, as directed. Typically, the recommended frequency is 2 to 3 times daily.

For optimal effectiveness, initiate treatment at the earliest indication of an outbreak, following your doctor’s instructions. Delaying treatment may result in reduced efficacy.

The dosage is determined based on your specific medical condition and response to treatment.

Maintaining a consistent level of the drug in your system yields the best results. Administer the medication at evenly spaced intervals, preferably at the same times each day, to aid in remembrance.

Continue taking this medication until you have completed the full prescribed amount. Refrain from altering your dosage, skipping doses, or discontinuing the medication prematurely without the explicit approval of your doctor.

Inform your doctor if your condition persists or worsens.

Side Effects

Some side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention:

  • headache
  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • diarrhea or loose stools
  • gas
  • stomach pain
  • tiredness
  • rash
  • itching
  • painful menstrual periods

Inform your healthcare provider immediately if you experience any serious side effects:

  • pain, burning, numbness, or tingling in the hands or feet


Prior to initiating famciclovir treatment, inform your doctor or pharmacist about any known allergies to famciclovir, penciclovir, or other substances. This product may contain inactive ingredients that could potentially trigger allergic reactions or other complications.

Before using this medication, disclose your medical history to your doctor or pharmacist, particularly if you have kidney problems.

This drug may infrequently cause dizziness or drowsiness. Consumption of alcohol or marijuana can intensify these effects. Refrain from operating machinery, driving, or engaging in activities requiring alertness until you can safely do so.

This medication may contain lactose. If you have specific conditions such as galactose intolerance, severe lactase deficiency, or glucose-galactose malabsorption, which necessitate the restriction of lactose intake, seek advice from your doctor or pharmacist before taking this medication.

Do not receive certain immunizations or vaccinations, such as those against the varicella virus, without the consent of your doctor.

Older adults may be more susceptible to the side effects of this drug, particularly dizziness, drowsiness, confusion, and changes in urine output (indicative of kidney problems).

Famciclovir does not provide protection against the transmission of genital herpes. To reduce the risk of transmitting herpes to your partner, abstain from sexual contact during an outbreak or when experiencing symptoms. It is possible to spread genital herpes even in the absence of symptoms. Always utilize an effective barrier method during all sexual activities.

During pregnancy, this medication should only be used when clearly necessary. Discuss the potential risks and benefits with your doctor.

It is unknown whether this medication passes into breast milk. It may have adverse effects on nursing infants. Consult your doctor before breastfeeding.

Form and Strength

Famvir is available in the following forms and strengths:

  • Famvir tablet:

    • 125mg
    • 250mg
    • 500mg
  • famcyclovir tablet:

    • 125mg
    • 250mg
    • 500mg


How long does Famvir take to work?

Famvir begins working immediately and should shorten the length and symptom severity of an outbreak.

Does Famvir stop cold sores?

Famvir does not cure the viral infection, it helps to relieve the symptoms and shorten the duration of an outbreak.


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  2. https://www.nps.org.au/assets/medicines/2c23b64a-b36f-4881-9ea5-a53300ff391b.pdf
  3. https://www.mayoclinic.org/drugs-supplements/famciclovir-oral-route/side-effects/drg-20063776
  4. https://medlineplus.gov/druginfo/meds/a694038.html
  5. https://www.webmd.com/drugs/2/drug-4085/famvir-oral/details
  6. https://www.drugs.com/mtm/famciclovir.html

Additional information

Generic name:

Famciclovir, Famcyclovir




125mg, 250mg, 500mg

Quantities Available:

10, 21, 30, 90

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