Details of Famciclovir Salt (Generic Drug)

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Famciclovir is an antiviral drug. It slows the growth and spread of the herpes virus so that the body can fight off the infection. Famciclovir will not cure herpes, but it can lessen the symptoms of the infections. Famciclovir is used to treat infections caused by herpes viruses, including genital herpes, cold sores, and shingles. There is no cure for herpes and famciclovir will not prevent you from developing symptoms in the future. To make sure you can safely take famciclovir, tell your doctor if you have liver disease kidney disease a weak immune system galactose intolerance severe lactase deficiency or glucose-galactose malabsorption. Do not give famciclovir to anyone under 18 years old without medical advice.


Typical Uses

Famciclovir is used to treat infections caused by certain types of viruses. It treats shingles caused by herpes zoster. It also treats outbreaks of herpes simplex that cause cold sores around the mouth, sores around the anus, and genital herpes. In people with frequent outbreaks of genital herpes, famciclovir is used to help reduce the number of future episodes. Famciclovir is an antiviral drug. However, it is not a cure for these infections. The viruses that cause these infections continue to live in the body even between outbreaks. Famciclovir decreases the severity and length of these outbreaks. It helps the sores heal faster, keeps new sores from forming, and decreases pain/itching. This medication may also help reduce how long pain remains after the sores heal. In addition, in people with a weakened immune system, famciclovir can decrease the risk of the virus spreading to other parts of the body and causing serious infections.


Side Effects

Common side effects of famciclovir include urinating less than usual or not at all weakness, confusion, increased thirst, loss of appetite, vomiting, pounding heartbeats or fluttering in your chest or swelling, weight gain, feeling short of breath.


Drug Interactions

• Famciclovir+entecavir- Using entecavir together with famciclovir may increase the blood levels of one or both medications. Contact your doctor if your condition changes or you experience increased side effects. You may need a dose adjustment or more frequent monitoring by your doctor to safely use both medications.

• Famciclovir+pemetrexed- Famciclovir may increase the blood levels and effects of pemetrexed. You may be more likely to develop serious side effects such as anaemia, bleeding problems, infections, and nerve damage when these medications are used together.


Mechanism of action

Famciclovir is a prodrug of penciclovir (i.e., once in the body, it rapidly converts into penciclovir), an antiviral drug that belongs to a class called synthetic nucleoside analogues. It works by blocking the viral DNA replication a process essential for the virus to grow and multiply. Famciclovir thus stops the virus from spreading in the body.


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