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Brand name: Famciclovir (AN)

Famciclovir (AN) is a medicine containing the active ingredient(s) famciclovir. On this page you will find out more about Famciclovir (AN), including side effects, age restrictions, food interactions and whether the medicine is subsidised by the government on the pharmaceutical benefits scheme (PBS)

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Active ingredient in this medicine: famciclovir

Pack size information

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Information for medicine and pack size:
Famciclovir (AN) 500 mg film-coated tablet, 30

Consumer Medicine Information leaflet:

This leaflet may also be found inside the medicine package. It contains information on side effects, age restrictions and other useful data.

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What this medicine is for

Famciclovir is indicated for the treatment of herpes zoster infection in adult patients who commence therapy within 72 hours of the onset of rash. 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 infection is generally a milder condition in younger patients.,Famciclovir is also indicated for the treatment of recurrent episodes of genital herpes in adults and adolescents 12 years of age and older.,Famciclovir is also indicated for suppression of recurrent genital herpes.,Famciclovir is also indicated for the treatment of recurrent herpes labialis (cold sores) in immunocompetent adult patients.,Famciclovir is also indicated in immunocompromised patients for:,? treatment of uncomplicated herpes zoster,? treatment of recurrent herpes simplex,? suppression of recurrent herpes simplex

Table of characteristics
Table of characteristics
Active ingredient
Visual appearance White to pale yellow colored, oval film-coated, biconvex tablets, debossed with 'X' on one side and '34' on the other side
Dosage Form Tablet, film coated
Route of administration Oral
Medicine schedule
20: Prescription Only Medicine, or Prescription Animal Remedy
3: Prescription Only Medicine, or Prescription Animal Remedy
30: Prescription Only Medicine, or Prescription Animal Remedy
56: Prescription Only Medicine, or Prescription Animal Remedy

There is one type of pack available.

Pack type 1
Pack type 1
Type Blister Pack
Storage temperature Store below 25 degrees Celsius
Storage conditions Store in Original Container
Life time 48 Months
This medicine was verified as being available on the PBS (Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme) on 1 November 2017

The PBS provides a list of government subsidised medicines available to be dispensed to patients. Further information can be found on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme website.

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