Famvir has gained a reputation during removing the herpes symptoms and helps to quickly get rid of the herpetic bulla and itching. The medicine contains Famciclovir ingredient that stops a progress of the herpes symptoms on the skin and prevents the appearance of scars after the healing.
A medical effect of the drug is manifested when Famciclovir turns into Penciclovir during the penetration into DNA of herpes virus. It is kept within 12 hours there and blocks a growth of the viral DNA during this period. It cannot completely kill virus because there is no product at the moment that could 100% eliminate herpes. But using Famvir significantly accelerates a formation of healing, and so the main symptoms are reduced.
Famvir may be used during any forms of the viral infection caused by herpes virus: herpes simplex, genital herpes, varicella zoster, Epstein-Barr virus (herpes virus type 4), cytomegalovirus.
Unlike immunomodulators used for the treatment of herpes, Famvir does not influence on the protective functions of the body. It affects viral cells and makes them to lose their activity. In case of the preventive use of the drug, the frequency of outbreaks of the herpes symptoms is reduced by 2-4 times depending on the peculiarities of a patient’s body.
In what dose is Famvir used?
A scheme of the treatment is based on the medical image of a patient. If an acute herpetic infection (labial or genital herpes), patients are prescribed a pill of Famvir 250 mg 3 times per day within 7 days. The treatment is started as soon as possible after the appearance of the disease symptoms. Patients with low immune function have a longer treatment up to 10-14 days (even if the disease symptoms are improved within 5-7 days).
In case of the frequent relapses of chronic infections, Famvir is used in the dose of 250 mg 2 times per day within 3-6 moths.
A dosing regimen of Famvir is not changed in patients of old age if they have a normal function of the kidneys. If the kidney function is affected, consult a doctor before using the drug.
- An active ingredient Famciclovir penetrates into the breast milk. Therefore if you started taking the pills, it is necessary to temporarily stop the breast-feeding. The breast-feeding may be renewed in 1-2 weeks after the end of the treatment
- If you are pregnant, do not take Famvir. If pregnancy occurred during the treatment/preventive therapy, it is necessary to stop the use of the pills and consult a doctor
- Famvir does not protect against genital herpes, and therefore avoid sexual intercourses during the rash
- Renal failure is another contraindication for the use of Famvir
The side effects of Famvir are not felt during short medical courses (7-10 days). Sometimes patients may experience nausea, headache, sleepiness, or unstable state of the central nervous system.
The treatment is continued even if the skin rash appears. It is necessary to control the area of the skin rash and its manifestations. The use of Famvir should be completely stopped only during significant increase of the allergic reaction.
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