famciclovir, Famvir (cont.)
Omudhome Ogbru, PharmD
Omudhome Ogbru, PharmD
Dr. Ogbru received his Doctorate in Pharmacy from the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy in 1995. He completed a Pharmacy Practice Residency at the University of Arizona/University Medical Center in 1996. He was a Professor of Pharmacy Practice and a Regional Clerkship Coordinator for the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy from 1996-99.
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GENERIC AVAILABLE: Yes
PREPARATIONS: Tablets: 125, 250, and 500 mg STORAGE: Famciclovir should be stored at room temperature, 15-30 C (59-86 F).
PRESCRIBED FOR: Famciclovir is used for the treatment of genital herpes, and cold sores in adult patients with normal immune systems and HIV-infected individuals. It also is approved for treating shingles (herpes zoster) in adults with normal immune systems. To be most effective, famciclovir should be started as soon as possible after the diagnosis of a herpes infection.
DOSING: Famciclovir may be taken with or without food. The recommended doses are:
PREGNANCY: Famciclovir has not been adequately studied in pregnant women.
NURSING MOTHERS: It is not known if famciclovir is excreted into human breast milk. Women may wish to consider an alternative to breastfeeding if famciclovir is taken.
SIDE EFFECTS: The most common side effects associated with the use of famciclovir are headache, fatigue, nausea, vomiting, rash, diarrhea, and flatulence. Serious but rare side effects include serious allergic reactions, serious skin reactions, jaundice, abnormal tests of liver function, and reduced white blood cells (neutropenia) or platelets (thrombocytopenia). Cases of kidney failure have been reported when higher than recommended doses of famciclovir were administered to patients with underlying kidney problems.
Reference: FDA Prescribing Information
Last Editorial Review: 3/9/2012
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