What is Virovir (Famciclovir) used for?
Virovir (Famciclovir) is an oral antiviral medicine prescribed to treat infections or prevent outbreaks of conditions caused by the herpes simplex virus. These may include shingles, genital herpes, or cold sores. The medication slows or prevents the reproduction of virus cells allowing the immune system to control the infection naturally. It should be noted that this treatment will not cure this condition and is only meant to prevent outbreaks. Your physician may also prescribe it to treat other unlisted conditions.
How should I use Virovir (Famciclovir)?
Use Virovir (Famciclovir) according to your physician's instructions to get the most effective results from treatment. One tablet is normally taken two to three times each day, but your instructions may differ based on your current health condition and the severity of your symptoms. Swallow these doses whole with a full glass of water to aid absorption. It is not recommended to change the form of these tablets by splitting, crushing, or chewing them before use as this may destroy or alter the effects of their contents. Ask your pharmacist or physician any questions you have about using the medication to ensure the correct administration.
What are the side effects of Virovir (Famciclovir)?
Side effects associated with the use of Virovir (Famciclovir) include:
More serious side effects possibly requiring emergency attention are severe fatigue, vomiting, irregular heartbeats, swelling, weight gain, trouble breathing, or urinary retention. Immediately disclose if you experience any of these conditions or symptoms that are intense to make sure the correct changes are made to prevent more problems from appearing.
Do not begin using Virovir (Famciclovir) if you are lactose intolerant. Also disclose if you have decreased kidney function or chronic liver disease as these may lead to unexpected health problems.
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, and if you are taking any other form of medication, supplements, or herbal products.
Immediately seek emergency medical care if you have an allergic or hypersensitive reaction. Common signs of a reaction include hives, swelling, skin rashes, chest pains, as well as trouble breathing or swallowing.