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By Sally Gomes on January 31, 2011

Famvir famciclovir is among the two most effective medicines for genital herpes treatment, the other one being Valtrex valacyclovir. Famvir is particularly helpful in shortening recurrent genital herpes outbreaks with just a single day of treatment. This medicine is also prescribed for treatment of cold sores and shingles (herpes zoster). You can take Famvir only on prescription, which implies that you have to talk to a doctor before beginning with a full-fledged treatment course with this medicine. Talking to a doctor should help you reduce the risk of experiencing any adverse side effects of Famvir, which may include diarrhea, headache, and nausea.

How common are the side effects of Famvir?

Suffering from genital herpes can be frustrating in itself and side effects can only add insult to injury. But the good news is that as an FDA-approved drug, Famvir underwent rigorous clinical trials before it was introduced to the commercial drug market. People with strong immune system are less likely to suffer from adverse Famvir side effects for too long. The same goes for any antiviral genital herpes treatment as well. If your body is immunologically competent enough to put up resistance against a particular infection, it becomes easier for medicines to aid in recovery without causing any serious side effects.

Should I experience any side effects after taking Famvir, how long am I likely to suffer?

When you are taking single-day Famvir for combating a recurrent herpes attack, the side effects usually last for a few days. But if any side effect does not go away shortly, talk to your doctor as soon as possible. Adjusting the dosage or changing the medicine may be of help for you under such circumstances.

How long drug side effects may last depends a lot on the strength of the dose you are taking.

The prescribed dosage is 500mg for single-day Famvir, which is less likely to cause any serious secondary effects compared to some of the other high-dose antivirals for herpes treatment. Less stronger doses deliver only a small amount of ingredients to your body, which may reduce the possibility of secondary drug effects.

Are there any other side effects of Famvir?

Famciclovir tablets can cause abdominal pain and fatigue in some patients. But these side effects are rarely reported.

How can I tackle herpes better, including its side effects?

Certain dietary and lifestyle changes can possibly help you minimize drug side effects and get quick relief from the herpes symptoms. Talk to your doctor to figure out an appropriate herpes diet regimen. Experts believe that foods high in lysine and low in arginine can help reduce herpes outbreaks. Majority of fruits and vegetables qualify in this category of food. Also include milk and different dairy products in your daily menu. Egg, chicken, fish, lamb and beef are rich in lysine, so are yeast, beets and figs.

If you had herpes before, heavy stress and exposure to sunlight can trigger a recurrent outbreak. So try to manage your stress levels better and also protect your skin from direct exposure to sunlight.

Author of the article is associated with 121doc online clinic. 121Doc offers prescription medications for a range of health conditions including genital herpes. Treatments include Valtrex and Famvir. Famvir is an antiviral genital herpes medicine. Know more about the side effects with free online consultation.

Original article published on SooperArticles.com

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