What is Virovir (Famciclovir) used for?
Virovir (Famciclovir) is a type of antiviral drug that is used to treat the symptoms of various viruses, such as shingles caused by herpes zoster. It can also be used to treat cold sores, genital herpes and sores in the anal area caused by herpes simplex. This drug helps to reduce the severity of viral these outbreaks and the symptoms associated with them, while also reducing pain caused by the infections. This drug will not cure the virus but it will help to manage and control the conditions they cause.
How should I use Virovir (Famciclovir)?
Virovir (Famciclovir) tablets should be taken orally. Adult patients are sometimes directed to take this medication 2 to 3 times per day. The exact dosage may vary depending on the severity of the condition being treated. This drug is most effective if it is taken as soon as symptoms are noticed. Patients are advised to continue taking this drug until the full prescribed amount has been taken, and not to alter or skip any doses unless told to do so by a physician.
What are the side effects of Virovir (Famciclovir)?
Virovir (Famciclovir) may cause some side effects to occur, such as:
You should consult your physician immediately if any of these side effects persist or worsen, or if you notice other more serious side effects such as changes in behavior, changes in urination, unusual bruising or yellowing of the eyes or skin.
Strictly follow all instructions provided to you by your physician or pharmacist while using Virovir (Famciclovir). Optimum and safe dosage can differ based on the patient and the condition being treated.
As this medication may be unsafe for certain patients, it is essential you always inform your physician if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, as well as if you have any allergies, other illnesses, or ongoing health conditions, especially kidney problems, and if you are taking any other form of medication, supplements, or herbal products.
Patients should be aware that this drug does not stop the spread of genital herpes, and patients are advised to use a barrier method of contraception during all sexual activity.
Immediately seek emergency medical care if you have any allergic or hypersensitive reaction. Common signs of a reaction include hives, swelling, skin rashes, chest pains, as well as trouble breathing or swallowing.