Famciclovir - Generic Famvir -125mg
Famciclovir, the generic version of Famvir, treats current herpes outbreaks in the mouth and genitals by speeding up healing and reducing the shedding period, which is when the virus is contagious to others. It is also prescribed for suppression therapy which reduces the severity and occurrence of future breakouts.
Make Living With Herpes, HSV-1 and HSV-2, Easier With Famciclovir
Although there is no cure for herpes, it can be controlled with the medication famciclovir, the generic version of Famvir. It treats current herpes outbreaks in the mouth (HSV-1) and genitals (HSV-2) by speeding up healing and reducing the shedding period, which is when the virus is contagious to others. Famciclovir is also prescribed for suppression therapy which reduces the severity and occurrence of future outbreaks.
Famciclovir works best when taken at the first signs of an outbreak. Early symptoms genital herpes outbreak include tingling or burning in the groin and upper thigh area. Burning in the mouth and lips and a sore throat may be early signs of an oral herpes outbreak. A slight fever and swollen glands are also commons signs.
What Is The Difference Between HSV-1 And HSV-2?
Herpes Simplex 1 (HSV-1) causes oral herpes. HSV-1 breakouts include painful sores in and around the mouth and on the lips. Sores around the mouth may scab over before healing.
Herpes Simplex 2 (HSV-2) causes genital herpes. A full genital herpes outbreak starts with small blisters that eventually burst and spread. They are painful and then scab over before healing.
HSV-1 can spread to the genitals and HSV-2 can spread to the mouth.
Children infected with the herpes virus can get chickenpox. Adults may develop shingles.
HSV-1 and HSV-2 Facts
- By the age of 50, on average 85% of people in the United States are carriers of either the HSV-1 or the HSV-2 virus.
- 25% of women over the age of 18, and 20% of men in the US carry the HSV-2 (genital herpes) virus.
- There are over 50 million people in the US living with the herpes virus.
- Most people do not know that they are carriers.
- In some cases, the virus can cause no symptoms at all but the infected individual still can spread the virus to others.
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Before taking famciclovir:
- Tell your doctor and pharmacist if you are allergic to famciclovir, penciclovir cream (Denavir), acyclovir (Zovirax), any other medications, or lactose.
- Tell your doctor and pharmacist what other prescription and nonprescription medications, vitamins, nutritional supplement, and herbal products you are taking or plan to take, especially probenecid (Benemid).
- Tell your doctor if you have or have ever had problems with your immune system, human immunodeficiency virus infection (HIV), or acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS); galactose intolerance or glucose-galactose malabsorption (inherited conditions where the body is not able to tolerate lactose); or kidney or liver disease.
- Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding. If you become pregnant while taking famciclovir, call your doctor.
- You should know that famciclovir may make you drowsy, dizzy, confused, or disoriented. Do not drive a car or operate machinery until you know how this medication affects you.
Famciclovir may cause side effects. Tell your doctor if any of the symptoms listed above and below are severe or do not go away:
- Diarrhea or loose stools
- Stomach pain
- Painful menstrual periods
If you experience any of the following side effects, call your doctor immediately:
- Numbness, or tingling in the hands or feet
Unless your doctor tells you otherwise, continue your normal diet.
If you miss a dose, take the missed dose as soon as you remember it, and take any remaining doses for that day at evenly spaced intervals. However, if it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and continue your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one.
If you experience a serious side effect, you or your doctor may send a report to the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program online http://www.fda.gov/Safety/MedWatchor by phone (1-800-332-1088).
Storage and disposal:
Keep this medication in the container it came in, tightly closed, and out of reach of children. Store it at room temperature and away from excess heat and moisture (not in the bathroom).
It is important to keep all medication out of sight and reach of children as many containers (such as weekly pill minders and those for eye drops, creams, patches, and inhalers) are not child-resistant and young children can open them easily. To protect young children from poisoning, always lock safety caps and immediately place the medication in a safe location – one that is up and away and out of their sight and reach. Visit http://www.upandaway.org for more information.
Unneeded medications should be disposed of in special ways to ensure that pets, children, and other people cannot consume them. However, you should not flush this medication down the toilet. Instead, the best way to dispose of your medication is through a medicine take-back program. Talk to your pharmacist or contact your local garbage/recycling department to learn about take-back programs in your community. See the FDA's Safe Disposal of Medicines website http://goo.gl/c4Rm4p for more information if you do not have access to a take-back program.
In case of overdose, call the poison control helpline at 1-800-222-1222. Information is also available online https://www.poisonhelp.org/help. If the victim has collapsed, had a seizure, has trouble breathing, or can't be awakened, immediately call emergency services at 911.