Famvir for genital herpes

Famvir(R) for genital
Consumer Medicine Information
What is in this leaflet
Do not take Famvir after the
expiry date printed on the pack or
if the packaging is torn or shows
signs of tampering.
Before you start to take it
Ask your doctor if you have any
questions about why this medicine

Tell your doctor if you have a
has been prescribed for you.
problem with:
against the benefits it can provide.
If you have any concerns about this
medicine, ask your doctor or
Keep this leaflet with the medicine.
Tell your doctor if you are
pregnant, intend to become
pregnant or you are

What Famvir is used
Before you take Famvir
medicine during pregnancy couldaffect your baby or whether the When you must not take it
Do not take Famvir if you have an
allergy to:
Tell your doctor if you are lactose
Tell your doctor if you are allergic
to any other medicines, foods, dyes
or preservatives.
symptoms and shorten their duration.
Taking other medicines
How to take it
While you are taking

Tell your doctor if you are taking
Unless your doctor tells you
any other medicines, including any
otherwise, take one tablet when
that you buy without a
you get up in the morning and one
prescription from a pharmacy,
just before going to bed at night.
Things you must do
supermarket or health food shop.
Try to take the tablets at about the
same time each day.

If you become pregnant while
taking Famvir, tell your doctor.
Swallow the tablets whole with a
full glass of water. You can take
them with or without food.
If you are about to be started on
How long to take it
any new medicine, remind your
may need to take different medicines.
Continue taking Famvir every day
doctor and pharmacist that you
for as long as your doctor
are taking Famvir.
Tell any other doctor, dentist or
If you have not told your doctor
pharmacist who treats you that
about any of these things, tell
you are taking Famvir.
him/her before you start taking
this medicine.
Things you must not do
Do not give this medicine to
anyone else even if their condition
How to take Famvir
seems to be the same as yours.
tablets each day, even if you have nosymptoms.
Do not use it to treat any other
Follow all directions given to you
complaints unless your doctor tells
by your doctor and pharmacist
If you forget to take it
Take a dose as soon as you
Things to be careful of
remember. Take your next tablet
at the usual time, and then go back
Be careful driving, operating
to taking it as you would normally.
machinery or doing jobs that
If you do not understand the
require you to be alert until you
instructions on the label, ask your
Do not take a double dose to make
know how Famvir affects you.
doctor or pharmacist for help.
up for the one that you missed.
How much to take
If you have trouble remembering
Avoid sexual intercourse when
when to take your medicine, ask
symptoms are present, even if you
your pharmacist for some hints.
have started taking Famvir,
because the risk of infecting your
If you take too much
partner is increased. Use condoms
between episodes to reduce the risk
of infecting your partner.

Immediately telephone your doctor
Keep the areas affected by the
or the Poisons Information Centre
virus as clean and dry as possible.
(telephone number 13 11 26), or go
Wear loose-fitting clothing to avoid
to Accident and Emergency at
irritating the blisters.
your nearest hospital if you think
that you or anyone else may have
Avoid touching or scratching the
taken too much Famvir. Do this
sore area.
even if there are no signs of
discomfort or poisoning. Keep the
You may spread the virus on yourfingers.
telephone numbers for these places
Side effects
After using Famvir
Tell your doctor or pharmacist as
soon as possible if you do not feel
well while you are taking Famvir.
All medicines can have side effects.
More information
Do not be alarmed by these lists of
possible side effects. You may not
experience any of them. Ask your
doctor or pharmacist to answer
any questions you may have.
Keep the medicine where children
Tell your doctor if you notice any
cannot reach it.
of the following and they worry
If your doctor tells you to stop
taking this medicine or the expiry
date has passed, ask your

Tell your doctor as soon as possible
pharmacist what to do with any
if you notice any of the following:
medicine you have left over.
Product description
What it looks like
"Famvir" or "FV" on one side and Tell your doctor if you notice
anything else that is making you
"Famvir" or "FV" on one side and feel unwell.
not yet known may happen in somepeople.
Famvir tablets contain 125 mg or 250mg famciclovir as the activeingredient. They also contain:

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