Famvir (generic name: Famciclovir) is an antiviral medicine indicated for:
Treatment of recurrent genital herpes
Suppression of recurrent genital herpes
Treatment of recurrent genital herpes infections in HIV-infected patients
Treatment of cold sores (Recurrent Herpes Labialis)
Treatment of shingles (Acute Herpes Zoster)
Famvir is the first and only herpes medicine proven to stop or shorten a recurrent genital herpes outbreak with just a single day of treatment.
Famvir decreases the symptoms of pain, burning, tingling, tenderness, and itching; helps sores to heal; and prevents new sores from forming with a single dose.
Famvir works by blocking reproduction of the virus. It inhibits the replication of viral DNA that is necessary in order for viruses to reproduce themselves.
Famvir is active against the same viruses as acyclovir but has a longer duration of action. Therefore, it can be taken fewer times each day.
Famvir is non-addictive.
This medication may be prescribed for other uses; ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.