What is Famciclovir?

Category: Prescription Drugs

Most popular types: Famvir

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Famciclovir is an antiviral agent used for acute herpes zoster (shingles); treatment and suppression of recurrent episodes of genital herpes in immunocompetent patients; treatment of herpes labialis (cold sores) in immunocompetent patients; treatment of recurrent mucocutaneous/genital herpes simplex

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Shingles (Herpes Zoster) 9 2
Genital Herpes 5 4
Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome 4 1
Fibromyalgia 3 2
Cold sores (fever blisters) 1 0
Herpes outbreak 1 0

Show all 15 reasons taken


  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 0
Moderate 1
Mild 5
None 8

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Famciclovir

Side effect Patients
Diarrhea 1
Digestive problems 1
Dry mouth 1
Headaches 1
Heart rate increased 1

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Famciclovir

Dosage Patients
500 mg three times daily 1
4,000 mg daily 1
6 250mg as needed 1

Why patients stopped taking Famciclovir

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Course of treatment ended 7
Did not seem to work 4
Doctor's advice 1
Other 1
Personal research 1
Side effects too severe 1
See all 13 patients who’ve stopped taking Famciclovir

Duration

Currently taking Famciclovir

Duration Patients
1 - 2 years 1
2 - 5 years 1
5 - 10 years 1

Stopped taking Famciclovir

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 8
1 - 6 months 4
1 - 2 years 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 10
Usually 2
Sometimes 0
Never taken as prescribed 2
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 0
Somewhat hard to take 1
A little hard to take 5
Not at all hard to take 8
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 2
$50-99 1
$25-49 0
< $25 6
Not specified 5

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Famciclovir after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Valacyclovir (Valtrex) 4

Patients stopped taking Famciclovir and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Valacyclovir (Valtrex) 2
Acyclovir (Zovirax) 1
Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen (Norco) 1
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3 patient evaluations for Famciclovir

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woofhound
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woofhound
Data Quality: 2 stars
  • Gender: M
  • Age: 59
Condition: Degenerative Disc Disease 21 additional condition(s)
Quality of life:
  • Mental: None
  • Physical: Mild
I am: g
I have:
Degenerative Disc Disease

See woofhound's full Famciclovir history

Mar 7, 2015 (Started Jan 17, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for Fibromyalgia)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 500 mg Daily

  • 0 helpful marks
raymondyan
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raymondyan
Gender: F
Data Quality: 1 star
Pain: Some
Fatigue: Most
Sleep: Some
Stiffness: All
function: Little
external_stress: Most
Stickman: most
Description:F47y
CFS:6y Dx
I am: vg
I have:
ME/CFS

See raymondyan's full Famciclovir history

Dec 26, 2013 (Started Dec 26, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Shingles (Herpes Zoster))
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 125 mg Every 3 months

  • 0 helpful marks
Otiose
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Otiose
Gender: M
Data Quality: 0 stars
Depression: 3
Mania: 0
Emotional: 1
Anxiety: 2
Compulsion: 1
External Stress: Severe
60 M
Function: Moderate
Distress: Low
I am: vb
I have:
Social Anxiety Disorder

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Aug 23, 2011 (Started Aug 22, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for Genital Herpes)
  • Side effects
    Moderate
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 250 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: diarrhea, headache
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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