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    Treat Genital Herpes

    Famciclovir Tablets

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    Expected delivery date Thursday, 22 April 2021 If you order within: 22h21m41s
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    What is Famciclovir

    Medications known as antivirals such as famciclovir will help to ease the uncomfortable and often embarrassing nature of a genital herpes outbreak, whilst also reducing the severity and length of it as well.  Such treatments work on groups of similar conditions as in the case of oral and genital herpes, as well as shingles, and they can help to stop the virus being so active within the body thus potentially reducing the number of episodes a patient may experience.

    Can I buy Famciclovir online?

    Famciclovir, the treatment for genital herpes, can be easily bought online at Click Pharmacy once you have tested positive for the infection. There is a quick questionnaire to complete so our doctors can assess the suitability of this treatment and produce a prescription, after which you can make your purchase. You may prefer to book an online appointment with one of Click Pharmacy's online doctors who can also offer advice and supply you with a prescription directly. Your order will be sent to your chosen address in discreet packaging the next working day if ordered before 3 pm.

    How effective is Famciclovir?

    In studies, Famciclovir has been seen to be especially effective in the prevention of future outbreaks when taken daily as a suppressive treatment.  It is also regularly prescribed episodically for the treatment of a viral flare-up as it helps to decrease the length of an outbreak and stop a patient from developing any new sores during the particular episode it is taken for.

    As with any medication, it is most effective when the level of the active drug is kept constant; as such it is sensible to take the tablets evenly throughout the day to keep it even. 

    Why choose Famciclovir?

    The class of drug which famciclovir is found in stops the spread of herpes in the body by preventing the virus from replicating its own DNA which it needs to do to spread and in turn cause a flare-up.  Famcicolvir has a longer duration of action which means that it can be taken less often and still keep the required, effective level of the active drug in the system.

    Another reason famciclovir is a good choice for many people is that it is the generic version of the original branded version.  This means it has the same bioequivalence; containing the same active substance (famciclovir) in the same dosage, with the same administration route - in this case, oral - but for a lower cost.

    What is contained in Famciclovir?

    Each tablet has the required dose of the active ingredient famciclovir along with the following inactive ingredients:

    • hydroxypropyl cellulose
    • hydroxypropyl methylcellulose
    • lactose
    • magnesium stearate
    • polyethene glycols
    • sodium starch glycolate
    • titanium dioxide.

    Please let the doctor know if you are lactose intolerant.

    How should I take Famciclovir?

    It is important to read the patient information leaflet before taking any medication and always follow the advice of your doctor.  If you have any questions or concerns before beginning the treatment then the doctors at Click Pharmacy are at hand to speak to you online at any time.  You will be advised as to how many tablets to take each day and for how long depending on your situation and medical condition.

    Famciclovir can be taken with or without food and works best when taken evenly throughout the day as this ensures the level of the drug remains constant in your system. 

    If you find that you experience any issues from taking this medication then contact your GP or Click Pharmacy doctor immediately for advice.

    How does Famciclovir work?

    Famciclovir falls into a family of drugs known as nucleotides which are agents used against a number of viral infections including hepatitis B and C as well as HIV and herpes.  They are antimetabolites which incorporate into the DNA of a virus and terminate its growth pattern thus suppressing it and slowing down the regularity or severity of outbreaks and in some cases stopping them altogether.

    How long can I take Famciclovir for?

    When being used to lower the severity of an outbreak, famciclovir is usually taken twice a day for one day with the course beginning as early as possible after the first signs of an outbreak which may include a tingle or itchy sensation on the affected area.  If possible it is best to take the first tablet within 6 hours of this initial symptom.

    In patients suffering from 6 or more outbreaks a year and therefore being prescribed a suppressive dose, famciclovir is generally taken twice a day for up to a year, though this would be discussed with your GP or Click Pharmacy doctor. 

    What are the side effects of Famciclovir?

    As with any medication, famciclovir can cause side effects though usually only mildly, the most common of which is a headache.  Other common side effects include nausea or sickness, pain in the abdomen, diarrhoea or bloating and dizziness. 

    Rare but serious side effects which require immediate medical attention can include:

    • kidney problems such as minimal urination and swelling of the lower limbs along with shortness of breath
    • allergic reaction symptoms including difficulty breathing, swelling of the face, tongue or throat, hives and a rash.
    • blistering of the skin
    • jaundice
    • confusion
    • drowsiness
    • hallucinations

    It is crucial you let your doctor know about any other medications you are currently taking, including complementary varieties and vitamins, as well as any allergies you may suffer from to ensure this drug is safe for you to take and to limit any possible side effects as much as possible.

    Patient Information Leaflet

    Always read the patient information leaflet before starting your treatment. Patient information can be found here.

    Authored by

    Jana Abelovska

    Last reviewed

    01 January 2021

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