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Famvir - What You Should Know About It?

By Sally Gomes on August 27, 2010

Famvir, an antiviral drug, slows down the growth and stops the replication of herpes virus in the body. This helps you combat genital herpes with greater intensity and gives the immune system more time to fight with the disease. Famvir does not cure you of herpes, but helps in reducing the effects of the symptoms and treating genital herpes. Famvir can be used to treat genital herpes, cold sores, shingles, and chicken pox.

Clinical trials and efficacy

Clinical trials were conducted in placebo-controlled, double-blind immunocompetent adults who were suffering from uncomplicated herpes virus. Different doses of famciclovir were given to 419 individuals within 72 hours of the infection. Patients who were given famciclovir saw positive results within 5 days as compared to individuals who were given placebos. Patients treated with 500mg famciclovir experienced faster healing of ulcers and blisters. There was no overall different in the intensity of pain experienced by both groups.

FDA approval

The United States Food and Drug Administration approved famciclovir on August 24, 2007. Famciclovir tablets are manufactured by TEVA pharmaceuticals, a firm based in Israel.

How does it work?

Shingles, cold sores and genital herpes are all caused by the same virus. Once an individual is infected by these viruses, the virus never leaves the body, and stays in the body inactively in certain cells. It becomes active from time to time. Famvir fights this infection and does not let the virus multiply. It also helps in lessening the symptoms of the infection.

Side effects

You might experience certain side effects along with the desired effects of this drug. If you notice any of the below mentioned symptoms, you should stop taking the drug and contact the doctor immediately. While it is not necessary that you will experience these effects if you take famvir, it is important that you are aware of the same.

  • Headaches – around 22.7 percent of people
  • Nausea - around 12.5 percent
  • Diarrhea - around 7.7 percent
  • Painful menstrual cramps - around 7.6 percent
  • Vomiting - around 4.8 percent
  • Fatigue - around 4.8 percent
  • Gas - around 4.8 percent.

Some side effects affect only a small fraction of the people taking famciclovir. They are as follows:

  • Numbness
  • Burning
  • Tingling
  • Migraine headaches
  • Abdominal pain
  • Hives
  • Itching
  • Swelling.
  • Aggressiveness or agitation
  • Hallucinations
  • Jaundice
  • Signs of an allergic reaction
  • Unexplained rashes

More than 90% of the infected individuals do not see any type of visible symptoms of genital herpes during an outbreak. The virus may attack an individual numerous times, over a period of few years. It does not leave the body, stays dormant and reactivates itself from time to time. Though the initial outbreaks are harsh, they become milder as time goes by. You should contact a doctor as soon as get infected by the virus. You will get the best results if you start using Famvir in the first few hours of the infection.

121doc online clinic prescribes oral drug medications for genital herpes (Valtrex and Famvir) of varying strengths. Free online consultation under the supervision of experienced and registered medical practitioners.

Original article published on SooperArticles.com

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