Famvir is an antiviral drug help to slow the growth and spread of the herpes virus so that the body can fight off the infection. It is used to treat infections caused by herpes viruses, including genital herpes, cold sores, and shingles. It has active ingredient Famciclovir which may not be effective in any person with shingles affecting the eyes. Novartis Pharmaceuticals is a renowned pharmaceutical company that manufactures this company. It is a conventional tablet form composed in 25 mg dosage.
Manufacturer: Novartis Pharmaceuticals
Active Ingredient: The main active component of the medication is Famciclovir, which is a diacetyl 6-deoxy prodrug analog of the antiviral agent penciclovir. It in vivo is converted to penciclovir triphosphate, which is active against the Herpes viruses, including herpes simplex 1 and 2 and varicella-zoster. It helps to inhibit the replication of viral DNA by interfering competitively with DNA polymerase. It is a nucleoside analogue and antiviral agent used in therapy of herpes zoster and simplex virus infections.
Indications: Famciclovir composed medicine Famvir is used to treat infections caused by certain types of viruses. It treats shingles caused by herpes zoster. It also treats outbreaks of herpes simplex that cause cold sores around the mouth, sores around the anus, and genital herpes. In people with frequent outbreaks of genital herpes, this medication is used to help reduce the number of future episodes.
It is an antiviral drug. It decreases the severity, length of these outbreaks and helps the sores heal faster, keeps new sores from forming, and decreases pain/itching. It may also help reduce how long pain remains after the sores heal. Additionally, in people with a weakened immune system, this medicine can decrease the risk of the virus spreading to other parts of the body and causing serious infections.
Action Mechanism: This drug belongs to a class of drugs called antivirals. Famvir works by making viruses less active in your body. It works against herpes simplex viruses 1 and 2. These viruses cause oral or genital herpes. It also works against herpes zoster, the virus that causes shingles.
Dosages: This medication is available for oral consumption and in dosage as mentioned below:
- 25 mg: It is to be taken with or without food, usually 2 to 3 times a day or as directed by the doctor
Note: There is no cure for herpes and this medication will not prevent you from developing symptoms in the future.