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Famciclovir - Indications, Dosage, Side Effects and Precautions

Written & Compiled by Anushta Chandrapalan, M.Sc  | Medically Reviewed by The Medindia Medical Review Team
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Information about Famciclovir

Generic Name : Famciclovir
Pronunciation : FAM-i-clo-vir
Latest prescription information about Famciclovir. Learn how to pronounce the drug's name, its indications, dosage, how to take, when to take, when not to take, side effects, special precautions, warnings and its storage instructions . Also listed are the International and Indian trade name(s) of the drug and its price list.
ICD Code : Y41.5 | Therapeutic Classification : Antivirals

Trade Names/Brand Names of Famciclovir

India : 

International : 


Why is Famciclovir Prescribed? (Indications)

This medication is an antiviral agent, prescribed for herpes zoster(shingles). It is also used to treat recurring cold sores and to treat or suppress recurring genital herpes. It works by stopping the spread of the herpes virus in the body.

When should Famciclovir not be taken? (Contraindications)


What is the dosage of Famciclovir?

The dose and length of treatment depends on patient's condition.
The recommended dose range is 125mg to 1.5gm/day in divided doses.

How should Famciclovir be taken?

It comes as a tablet to take by mouth, with or without food.

What are the warnings and precautions for Famciclovir?

Caution should be exercised in patients with history of kidney disease liver disease and pregnancy.

What are the side effects of Famciclovir?

Headache, diarrhea, nausea, confusion, fever vomiting, angioedema, abdominal pain and dizziness.

What are the other precautions for Famciclovir?

Avoid excess dosage.

What are the storage conditions for Famciclovir?

Store it at room temperature and in an airtight container, keep away from children.

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