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Famciclovir

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Herpes is the name for a very common group of viruses. Different types of herpes virus will cause different health conditions, like: oral herpes, genital herpes, and shingles.

While genital herpes isn't curable, there are several different treatments available, like Famciclovir, which can be taken as a 1-day course to help to improve the symptoms of an outbreak when you have one.


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To place an order, fill in a brief questionnaire. One of our doctors will review your order and prescribe a suitable treatment.


1-day course (4 tablets) £95.00
Two 1-day courses (8 tablets) £160.00
Three 1-day courses (12 tablets) £220.00

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About Famciclovir

Famciclovir is a drug used in the treatment of herpes. The active ingredient is the antiviral agent (also called famciclovir), which stops the infecting virus from spreading in your body. Because the herpes virus begins reproduction very early on into infection, Famciclovir works best if you take it as soon as possible after your symptoms first appear.

Herpes isn’t currently curable. But, Famciclovir can help make the herpes viruses less active in your body, by making it harder for the virus to grow or spread. Famciclovir works against herpes simplex viruses 1 and 2 (HSV-1 and HSV-2). These viruses can cause:

  • oral herpes (cold sores around your mouth)

  • genital herpes (sores around your genital area)

  • shingles (painful blisters or a sore rash on your body)

Famciclovir is the generic version of the drug, but there are also branded versions available, like Famvir. Both drugs have the same medical effects, because they both include the same active ingredient (famciclovir). They both act in the same way to treat your symptoms, but the branded version is usually more expensive than the generic one.

Famciclovir and Famvir are both prescription medicines, which means that you’ll need an assessment from a doctor. You can get this from a service like Alpha XR Online Doctor, or your local GP. Famciclovir is available from most pharmacies across the UK, Europe, Australia, Canada, and the US.

You can only use Famciclovir if it has approved for you by a medical professional.

Famciclovir isn’t right for everyone. If you’re allergic to any of the ingredients in the medicine, you shouldn’t take it.

It also might not be suitable if you:

  • Have or have had any kidney problems

  • Have problems with your immune system

  • Have liver problems

  • Are under the age of 18

  • Are pregnant or breastfeeding

Remember, Famciclovir can’t cure herpes, it can only help reduce the chance of the virus spreading. If you’re taking Famciclovir to treat genital herpes, you should still practice safe sex and use a barrier method, like condoms. Don’t have sex if you’ve got the symptoms of genital herpes (genital sores or blisters).

If you think you might be infected with the herpes virus (if you’re displaying symptoms or have come into close contact with someone you know is infected), you should visit your local nurse or doctor for a diagnosis or test. They’ll tell you whether or not you’ll need treatment. You can also complete an online assessment and a Alpha XR doctor can advise if you need treatment.

Treatments like Famciclovir are best used as soon as you’re displaying any symptoms of a herpes infection, or if you have recurrent herpes infections and want a preventative method.

Always take a prescription drug exactly as you’ve been told to by your doctor or pharmacist. There are different dosages of Famciclovir available (125mg, 250mg, and 500mg). Your daily dose and the length of treatment of Famciclovir will depend on the type of viral infection you have, which your doctor will tell you.

For oral and genital herpes, the directions are more specific, depending on which outbreak of the virus you’re having.

Famciclovir comes in tablet form, which you should swallow whole. You can take it with or without water or food. It’s usually best to avoid mixing alcohol and medication, although it isn’t necessarily dangerous to drink when taking Famciclovir. For genital herpes treatment, Famciclovir is a 1-day course of treatment.

If you forget to take your Famciclovir tablet on time, you should take it as soon as you remember (without taking 2 tablets in an hour) and carry on as scheduled. Never double up on a dose to make up for a forgotten dose.

If you take more tablets than you should have, you should go to your doctor for immediate medical advice. Taking too much Famciclovir can affect your kidneys, especially if you have had kidney problems in the past.

To order Famciclovir from Alpha XR Online Doctor, simply fill in our brief online medical questionnaire and indicate your preferred treatment. One of our licensed doctors will review your questionnaire and approve the most suitable treatment for you.

Once approved, your treatment will be sent to you via our quick, safe, and discreet postal service. If you have any questions along the way, you can call us to update you on the progress of your order.

If this is your first time being diagnosed with herpes, our doctor will ask you to provide us with a photo of the affected area in order to diagnose you properly. Our service is completely confidential to use, your photos are completely private and secure.

Everyone reacts slightly differently to medication. Famciclovir shortens the length of time an outbreak lasts, but it can still take up to 10 days for the blisters or sores to heal. In this time you shouldn’t start to get any new sores.

The most important thing to remember is that you should always take all of your recommended treatment, even if the symptoms disappear before the end of the course. If you’re concerned that you still have your symptoms after the end of treatment, speak to your doctor for advice.

Aciclovir, Famciclovir, and Valaciclovir are all antiviral drugs used to treat herpes.

Studies have shown that all three drugs are effective in treating outbreaks of herpes infections. And, medically-speaking, there has been no evidence to show that either of these drugs is significantly better than the others.

The most common side effect of Famciclovir (reported by more than 1 in 10) is:

  • Headaches

Other common side effects (affecting up to 1 in 10) include:

  • Nausea or vomiting

  • Stomach pains

  • Upset stomach (diarrhoea)

  • Feeling dizzy

  • An itchy rash

  • Abnormal liver function test results

If you ever experience any of the following side effects, call your doctor or go to the emergency department of your nearest hospital right away:

  • Severe blistering of the skin, lips, eyes or genitals

  • Swelling underneath the skin, especially around your face or throat

  • Unusual bruising, nosebleeds or jaundice (yellowing of the skin and/or eyes)

  • Difficulty breathing or swallowing

  • Hallucinations

  • Drowsiness or confusion

If you’re ever worried or unsure about any side effects or symptoms, talk to your nurse, doctor or pharmacist for specific advice.

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Le Cleach, L. et al (2014). Oral antiviral therapy for prevention of genital herpes outbreaks in immunocompetent and nonpregnant patients. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, 8.

Mylan (2018). Famciclovir 125 mg, 250 mg, 500 mg film-coated tablets. EMC. [online] Available at: https://www.medicines.org.uk/emc/files/pil.8815.pdf [accessed 12th June 2018].