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Brand name: Famvir TM

Active ingredients: famciclovir

What it is used for

Famvir is indicated for the treatment of herpes zoster infection in adult patients who commence therapy within 72 hours of the onset of the rashrash. Greatest benefit occurs if the drug is started within 48 hours. Efficacy has not been demonstrated in patients less than 50 years of age, although the occasional younger patient with severe herpes zoster may benefit from therapy with famciclovir. Herpes zoster is generally a milder condition in younger patients. Famvir is also indicated in the treatment of recurrent episodes of genital herpes in adults and adolescents 12 years of age and older. Famvir is also indicated for suppression of recurrent genital herpes. Famvir is also indicated for the treatment of recurrent herpes labialis (cold sores) in immunocompetent patients Famvir is also indicated in immunocompromised patients for: treatment of uncomplicated herpes zoster; treatment of recurrent herpes simplex; suppression of recurrent herpes simplex

How to take it

You should seek medical advice in relation to medicines and use only as directed by a healthcare professional.

  • The way to take this medicine: Oral
  • Store below 30 degrees Celsius
  • Store in a Dry Place
  • Shelf lifetime is 2 Years.

Always read the label. If symptoms persist see your healthcare professional.

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Food interactions

For the active ingredient famciclovir

  • Take without regard to meals.

Do I need a prescription?

This medicine is available from a pharmacist and requires a prescription. It is Schedule 4 : Prescription Only Medicine.

Is this medicine subsidised?

This medicine was verified as being available on the PBS (Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme) on February 1, 2019. To learn more about this subsidy, visit the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) website.

Pregnant or planning a pregnancy?

For the active ingredient famciclovir

You should seek advice from your doctor or pharmacist about taking this medicine. They can help you balance the risks and the benefits of this medicine during pregnancy.

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Download consumer medicine information leaflet (pdf) from the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) website

Reporting side effects

You can help ensure medicines are safe by reporting the side effects you experience.

You can report side effects to your doctor, or directly at www.tga.gov.au/reporting-problems

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