The main active ingredient Famciclovir is US FDA approved drug used for the treatment of Herpes. It reduces the rate of growth of the Herpes virus so that the body can fight off the infection. Famciclovir is prescribed for the treatment of infections caused by herpes viruses in adults and children such as genital herpes, cold sores, shingles, and chickenpox. This Virovir 250 however, will not cure the body from the virus. It will only reduce the symptoms of the infection.
USES OF THE DRUG:
Famciclovir is approved for the treatment of two types of HSV infections in healthy adults:
Virovir 250 is also used as an off label drug to treat or prevent opportunistic infections like HIV.
WORKING OF THE DRUG:
Famciclovir directly attacks the replication mechanism of the virus. It is a prodrug of Penciclovir that is known to inhibit the working of replication enzyme, DNA polymerase. This nucleoside analog of DNA polymerase inhibitor drug, thus prevents the increase in the number of infectious virus in the body.
DOSAGE FORM AND STRENGTHS:
This drug is available in the tablet form in the following strength on our website:
Virovir 250 tablets 250 mg
Virovir tablets 500 mg
Before you take this drug:
DO NOT TAKE THIS DRUG IF YOU:
Are allergic to this drug or any of the other ingredients of this medicine
TELL YOUR DOCTOR IF YOU:
Are breastfeeding. Do not breast feed if you are infected with HIV
Are pregnant and take all the medicine for HIV prescribed by the doctor, to prevent the spread of HIV to the unborn baby.
Have blood pressure kidney problems
Have serious liver problem
Have serious heart complaint
HOW MUCH TO TAKE THE DRUG?
The dosage may depend on a range of factors like age, sex, drug allergies, or seriousness of the condition among several other factors. Your dosage will be determined by your doctor after examining you properly. The usual dose is one Virovir 250/500 mg tablet once in a day, although the dose strength will depend upon the condition of the patient, that is whether the drug is being given incompetent adult patients or HIV infected adult patients.
HOW TO TAKE THE DRUG?
Swallow the tablet with one glass full of water. Do not break the tablet. Take the drug exactly as directed. Take the medicine with or without food, or as directed by your doctor. HIV is usually treated with a combination of drugs. Always take the prescribed drugs as directed by your doctor. The drug comes with a warning card that lists the symptoms of allergic reactions. Read this card and carry if always with you. Store this medication in a cool and dry place.
Take the Virovir 250 at the same time each day, so as to avoid forgetting the dose. This should become a habit for you to take the tablet until the doctor tells you to stop the drug.
FOR HOW LONG TO TAKE?
This drug controls the multiplication of HIV but does not cure the problem. Take the drugs as long as your doctor recommends you to take it. .
If you feel any alarming symptoms then immediately consult the doctor about this drug and its possible side effects of over dosage. If the situation worsens then visit the nearest healthcare center or call the emergency helpline number.
In case you forget to take the dose, skip the dose and take the next dose on the recommended time period. Do not double up the dose for the missed one.
SIDE EFFECTS OF VIROVIR 250MG:
Hallucinations, or unusual behavior
Unexplained weight loss
Hives and itching
COMMON DRUG INTERACTIONS:
Ask your doctor to get the full list of the drugs needed to be avoided while taking the drug as they may interfere it and can worsen the situation. Your doctor is fully aware of the drug to be avoided. Also tell him about the herbal or OTC medicine that you are taking or you have been taking. Never start a new medicine without the information of doctor. You can get life threatening side effects if you take Famciclovir with Alfuzosin, Amiodarone, Lovastatin, Midazolam, Quinidine, Pimozide, Rifampin, Sildenafil, Simvastatin, St. John?s Wort, Triazolam, or an ergot medicine like Dihydroergotamine, Egonovine, Ergotamine,or Methyergonovine.
THINGS TO REMEMBER:
You must use a proper barrier contraceptive method while taking Famciclovir and for at least 12 weeks following the end of you treatment
Discuss them with your doctor and clear all doubts which you may have about this drug
Store this medication in a cool and dry place
Never start a new medication without consulting your doctor first