Ovartis Pharma


Relieve genital herpes symptoms with Famvir tablets

Famvir is an antiviral treatment that provides quick relief from the symptoms of genital herpes, cold sores and shingles.
It can relieve symptoms within 24 hours and reduce the duration of outbreaks of the herpes virus.

  • Taken within the first 24 hours of an outbreak to provide the most effective results
  • Can be used to ward off future attacks of genital herpes and cold sores
  • Low risk of side effects
  • Available in 250mg and 500mg doses
Famvir FAQs

What is Famvir?

Famvir is an antiviral drug. This medicine has the ability to slow down the growth of the herpes virus, allowing the body to fight off the infection. This medicine will not cure herpes, but will reduce the symptoms of the infection.

Famvir is an oral prescription medication that is used to treat shingles, certain viral infections like cold sores, genital herpes and chicken pox.

There is no cure for herpes and Famvir will not prevent you from developing symptoms that herpes bring.

What are the benefits of using Famvir?

This medicine has a fast working anti-viral action that can stop further symptoms from appearing after just one day's treatment. It's at its most effective within 24 hours of you noticing the first symptoms, and may be less effective if taken more than 72 hours later. Famvir can make outbreaks of shingles, cold sores and genital herpes go away quicker and can help calm the symptoms, so that they are much less uncomfortable.

How does it work?

The main ingredient of Famvir is famciclovir. Famciclovir is a prodrug; it only changes in its active state, penciclovir, once it is ingested. Penciclovir acts quickly to block the actions of the enzymes responsible for the duplication of viral cells that spread from one healthy cell to another. This medicine keeps the virus from overpowering your body's natural defenses, giving your immune system time to fight back and drive the herpes virus back into its dormant state.

Who can use Famvir?

Famvir can be used by anyone aged 18 years or older who wants to treat the symptoms of cold sores, shingles and genital herpes. It has been proven to be especially effective in treating the herpes virus in people over 50.

Who can't use Famvir?

Although most people can use Famvir safely, there are conditions and medications with which this medication cannot be taken. You should mention to your doctor if you have any of the following conditions, as you may not be able to use this treatment: severe lactose intolerance, kidney disease or liver disease; allergies to food, preservative or dye; if you are pregnant or breastfeeding; or if you are galactose intolerant. You should also mention any medications you are taking in your consultation

How do you take Famvir?

The dosage that you will have to take will depend on your condition, but the sooner you take it, the faster you will be able to see results.

  • To treat shingles, three Famvir 500mg tablets should be taken daily for seven days.
  • To treat cold sores, three Famvir 500mg tablets should be taken over the course of a day for seven days.
  • To treat genital herpes, a single 250mg tablet should be taken three times per day for five days to treat the initial outbreak. For a recurring outbreak two 125mg tablets should be taken twice daily for five days. As a long-term treatment, two 250mg tablets should be taken per day.

Are there any side effects?

This medicine is very well tolerated, which is why it is prescribed often to people over 50. Side effects usually tend to affect only a small number of people and they are mostly very mild and brief. The most common side effects include nausea and headache. Less than 8% of people may experience more uncommon side effects such as menstrual cramps, vomiting, diarrhoea, fatigue and cramps. Side effects usually tend to disappear within a couple of days of using this treatment.

What should I avoid when using Famvir?

The herpes infection is extremely contagious and you can pass it on to other people, while you are being treated with Famvir. It is advised that you avoid letting the area where the infection is present come into contact with other people. You should avoid touching an infected area and then touching your eyes. It is important that you wash your hands frequently. This will prevent you from passing the infection on to other people.

This medicine will not prevent the spread of herpes; you refrain from having sex or use a condom to prevent infecting other people with this virus.

How do I buy Famvir online?

Famvir can be ordered safely and securely from euroClinix. The ordering process is very simple and all you will have to do is fill out an online consultation when you order. Our doctors will use the consultation to form a diagnosis and if the dosage you have chosen is right for you to use, they will issue a prescription. All orders are shipped from our registered pharmacy via overnight courier.

Dr Stamatios Poupalos

"Most people live with the herpes virus without it causing them any concern or discomfort, but for those occasional outbreaks, antiviral treatments can provide much-needed relief."

Genuine medication

Here at euroClinix, your safety is our priority. That is why we only supply genuine treatments dispensed by registered UK pharmacies.

General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC)Ovartis Famvir
  • Genuine medication
  • Prescribed by a registered doctor
  • Dispatched from a licensed UK pharmacy
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