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Famvir FAQs - Comprehensive Overview

By Sally Gomes on September 16, 2010

Famvir is a prescription medicine for treating genital herpes. It is not a cure of the problem; it is a suppressive remedy that prevents the herpes simplex virus from replication. The drug is recommended to be taken at the early stages of an herpes outbreak. Doing so will prevent an outbreak in just 24 hours. Famvir can also be taken on a regular basis, as per doctor's advice, to keep the herpes virus latent and ineffective over a long period of time. Here you'll get some frequently asked questions about this medicine answered.

1. What is Famvir?

Famvir is a prescription antiviral drug manufactured by Novartis International AG, a Swedish pharmaceutical company. It is used for the treatment of genital herpes and a few other herpes infections.

2. Is Famvir safe?

Famvir is approved for commercial usage by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). So, there is no safety concerns with the medicine. But it is strongly recommended that you should consult your doctor before trying Famvir.

3. What does Famvir do?

Put simply, Famvir is the first-of-its-kind medicine that stops or reduces outbreaks of genital herpes in just 24 hours. To get relief that fast, you need to start taking the medicine as soon as you notice herpes symptoms.

Famvir is also prescribed for treating cold sores and shingles, two other contagious conditions caused by the herpes simplex virus. Please note that the medicine works as intended only if you have a healthy immune system.

4. How does Famvir work?

Famvir contains famciclovir as its active ingredient. This substance metamorphoses into another chemical called penciclovir upon entering your body. Penciclovir works on the septic cells and prevents them from replicating. So the herpes virus remains confined to a limited number of cells and cannot spread to healthy cells.

5. Do I have to consider anything before I take Famvir?

You can take the tablet given that you are not:

  • allergic to any of the ingredients the drug contains

  • suffering from kidney problems

  • pregnant or expecting

  • having galactose intolerance or acute lactase deficiency

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6. What is the recommended dosage for me?

Famvir comes in 3 doses: 125mg, 250mg and 500mg. The strongest dose is recommended if you want to stop or prevent herpes outbreak in just a single day. But do talk to your doctor before taking the tablet. The two smaller doses are recommended when you are advised to use the medicine as a suppressant to prevent frequent outbreaks of symptoms.

7. What are the side effects of Famvir?

Clinical trials have reported the following side effects of Famvir:

  • nausea

  • headache

  • gas

  • vomiting

  • migraine

  • rash

  • menstrual pain

  • abdominal pain

  • itching

  • diarrhea

  • fatigue

8. From where can I get Famvir?

The drug can be bought from certified online clinics, but only on valid prescription. You need to give your brief medical history for registered doctors to review and recommend, if needed. Then the product is sent to your place discreetly and swiftly with convenient payment options.

Author of the article is associated with 121doc, leading online clinic in UK. 121doc offers a range of prescription medications for a variety of health conditions like genital herpes. Treatments include Valtrex and Famvir, both are approved by FDA. googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display("div-18275-49"); });

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