Famciclovir - oral

Patient Medicine Information
Why do I need this medicine?
Famciclovir is a medicine used to treat viral infections.

It is used to treat herpes infections such as herpes zoster (shingles) and herpes simplex (cold sores and genital herpes) by reducing the number of herpes viruses in your body. It does not cure herpes.
How do I take this medicine?
Take Famciclovir exactly as directed by your doctor or according to the instructions on the label. Do not take more or less than instructed by your doctor.

You may take Famciclovir with or without food.

This medicine must be taken at regular intervals for it to be effective. Continue to take it even when you feel better. Do not stop taking it unless instructed by the doctor.

Do not skip any doses. You must complete the entire course. If you don't, the infection will not clear completely.
What should I do if I have forgotten to take this medicine?
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and return to your normal dosing schedule.

DO NOT double a dose under any circumstances.

If you often forget to take your medicine, let your doctor and pharmacist know.
When should I not use this medicine?
Alert your doctor if you ever had an allergic reaction (breathlessness, rashes, swollen eyes) to similar antiviral medications as this medicine may not be suitable for you.
What should I take note of while taking this medicine?
Inform your doctor if you have kidney disease or liver disease.

Let your doctor know if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

This medicine cannot prevent you from passing herpes to other people.

If you are being treated with Famciclovir for herpes, you should follow your doctor's advice on ways to prevent passing the disease to others. You should avoid sexual contact until the doctor certifies that you are cleared of the infection.
What side effects could I experience?
Famciclovir may cause any of the following side effects: headache, nausea, vomiting, tiredness, diarrhea, abdominal pain, stomach wind and itch.

Some side effects may need immediate medical help. Alert your doctor quickly if you experience any of the following:

-yellowing of the eyes and/or skin
-confusion and hallucinations (seeing, hearing or feeling things that are not existent)
-unusual bleeding or bruising

Inform your doctor if any of these side effects do not go away or are severe, or if you experience other side effects.
Can I take this with other medicines?
Alert your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any of these medicines:

- probenecid (medicines for gout and hyperuricemia)
- raloxifene (medicines for weak and brittle bones)
- herpes zoster vaccine

This list does not include all medicines that may interact with Famciclovir.

Always notify your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines, including herbal tonics such as traditional Chinese medicine, supplements and medicines that you buy without a prescription.
What special dietary instructions should I follow?
Avoid alcohol.
How should I store this medicine?
Store in a cool, dry place away from the reach of children.

Medicines must not be used past the expiry date.
This information is independently developed by MIMS based on famciclovir - oral and is provided for your reference only. It is not a replacement for and should only be used in conjunction with full consultation with a licensed healthcare professional, the information provided by your pharmacist and/or the manufacturer of the medication. It may not contain all the available information you require and cannot substitute professional medical care, nor does it take into account all individual circumstances. Although great effort has been made to ensure content accuracy, we shall not be held responsible or liable for any claims or damages arising from the use or misuse of the information contained herein, its contents or omissions, or otherwise. Copyright © 2021 MIMS. All rights reserved. Powered by MIMS.com
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