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Types of Treatment
FAMVIR can be taken with or without food.
When discussing treatment options with your doctor, be sure to discuss your lifestyle, how you feel about outbreaks, the pain and severity of your symptoms, and the frequency of your outbreaks. Be sure to talk with your doctor about the type of treatment (episodic or suppressive) that would be most appropriate for you.
For episodic and suppressive treatment, always take your medicine as prescribed by your doctor. If you are taking any other prescription or over-the-counter medications, please be sure to tell your doctor. No medication has been proven to prevent the transmission of genital herpes. It's important to know that FAMVIR will not prevent the spread of genital herpes to others. During an outbreak, you must avoid sexual contact, and use a condom in between outbreaks.
Efficacy of FAMVIR
Side Effects and Other Important Information
FAMVIR has no clinically significant interactions with cimetidine, allopurinol, theophylline, digoxin, or zidovudine (AZT).
Concurrent use of FAMVIR with probenecid or other drugs significantly eliminated by active renal tubular secretion may result in increased plasma concentrations of penciclovir.
FAMVIR does not contain any dyes.
FAMVIR (famciclovir) is not for everyone. In clinical studies with FAMVIR, the most commonly reported side effects included headache, nausea, and diarrhea. Ask your doctor if FAMVIR is right for you.† If you have kidney problems, your doctor will determine if FAMVIR is appropriate, and if so, what the right dose is for you. See the full Prescribing Information for more information about FAMVIR.
* The efficacy of FAMVIR has not been established for the treatment of an initial outbreak of genital herpes infection.
† If you have impaired kidney function, your doctor will determine the appropriate dose for you.
‡ The safety and efficacy of FAMVIR therapy beyond 1 year of treatment have not been established.
No antiviral has been proven to prevent the transmission of genital herpes.
There is no cure for genital herpes.
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