FAMVIR Reviews

Average Rating: 3.6 (42 Ratings)

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 3  Cold sores Slight heart palpitations and mild headache. I took three tablets the day my cold sores showed up when the blisters were just starting. I had three coldsores that grew as normal and I found the medicine didn't work better than cream and a coldsore patch. I assume I just took the tablets too late. F 23 1 days
1500MG 1X AN
 1  Shingles Unbearable headache with nausea and dizziness. Had to discontinue after the first day. F 59 1 days
500mg 3X D
 3  Herpes outbreaks Shaky, stomach pain, little nausea, and migraine headache Is Famvir bad to take if you already having constipation all the time? Does Famvir effect your liver if you had gone thru liver surgery and had a cancerous tumor removed along with the Gallbladder,? F 50 7 days
 3  Shingles Headache, Tummy upset, a little anxiety First dose wasn't enough so I had to take a second week to assist with the prevention and spread of further shingles F 43 10 days
250 x 3
 4  Cornea virus Fatigue, rash on face, headaches.. Diarrhea & nausea stopped after about 3 weeks F 60 4 months
250 x 3
 5  Herpes sores. NAUSEA WITH SOME VOMITING AT TIMES. F 59 10 years
500 mg x3
 5  Cold sores Heart beat increase Works well in controlling cold sore outbreaks Mild side effects. Dealing with cold sores is a major discomfort, physically and socially. This stuff works. ( for me). M 40 1 days
 2  herpes 1 Nerve pain and numbness in feet. I have nerve pain, twitching, sharp pains that I believe is due to herpes. This med cause me to have numbness in feet so I stopped using it. I might give it another shot. Herpes is a terrible disease. F 32 7 days
 4  shingles Headaches, high blood pressure. But it cleared the shingle rash. F 66 7 days
 4  Shingles Constant headache's, Slight weight gain & Fatigue. BUT I am able to live a normal life while taking it. I can deal with all of that. The shingles is un bearable, The pain is excruciating. I have a toddler and if I stop taking the tablets, i can guarantee 24 hours later the shingles flair up. My skin gets itchy, red, extremely hot and tight. I scratch and rub them in my sleep and then they bleed & my skin just rubs away. I can't dress my son (they cover both hands, i cannot even close my hands) I can't work, driving hurts to the point I am crying, i cannot do house work! It's a living night mare, I'd rather have no hands that deal with the shingles. This drug had made my shingles manageable And my life half normal again. I just hope then go for good soon :-( F 25 3 weeks
 5  Herpes Been taking this medicine for 10 years on and off for herpes and it always does the trick. I have had no side effects what so ever. This has been the only drug I can count on for herpes creams do nothing. F 32 10 years
500 1X AN
 5  Shingles Had mild case of Shingles: -a little pain & annoying itching, blisters. Had low level headache for first three days taking Famciclovir; no headaches after that. Also used 0,25% Desoximetasone Cream applied to sores and rash three times daily. Between the Cream and Famvir there were daily improvements in pain, skin tenderness, itching, etc. A slight tenderness in one spot caused me to continue the cream for two days after finishing the Famvir treatment. M 70 7 days
500 mg 3X D
 5  For shingles No side effects. I was taking it for shingles and it seemed to work well. Took away the pain and the shingles I had on the back of my leg. M 49 2 weeks
1X D
 4  Shingles Helped. The nerve pain and weakness. I seemed to have a boost when in wa in my system but when my dose would start wearing off id start to feel jittery and panicky kinda weird n felt like I wanted to scream or cry Idk just weird. Hope it's temp tho I have anxiety anyway F 37 1 weeks
250 mg
 4  Shingles I was on Valtrex for 3 days but I could hardly urinate, if at all. Also had constipation. I also thought I was going to jump out of my skin--unbearable jitteriness. I was switched to Famvir. It is much easier to tolerate. No problems urinating! A little jittery, some brief heart palpatations, and some headache but it's nothing I can't stand for a week. I just think these anti-virals are heavy duty drugs. Famvir seems to be a different class than Valtrex and Zovirax so if you can't stand one group try the other. Both drugs dried up the shingles. F 43 7 days
500 3x day
 1  shingles First time I had severe shingles and started taking Famvir. On the 5th day I began to feel extremely disoriented and shaky. Took my BP which was very high and my pulse was close to 200. I drove myself to the hospital and stayed there for several hours while I experienced several episodes of atrial fibrillation. I was given intravenous salt solution and some pills under the tongue. Then I was released but had another atrial fibrillation episode again the next day and went again to the emergency. It was less severe. I did not finish the prescription and have not had any heart problems since then. This all happened 4 and a half years ago. M 72 5 days
500 3X D
 5   Mild headache has been my ONLY side effect. Controlled best by one naproxin taken along with one famvir, as they last about the same length of time. I am so grateful for this medication. I had recurring shingles until I started this medication. Full workup and specialised tests revealed no known cause whatsoever. It was surmised that I may have been born with a low-normal immune system. I tried to go off the medicine for a month or more so that I could try the shingles vaccine; but after just three days I got shingles again. So I am back on famvir and may just need to take it for life. Are there any long-term negative effects to watch out for? NOTE: I am interested to know whether others who are susceptible to shingles had a particularly strong case of chicken pox as a child. Mine came at age 2 1/2 concurrent with measles! My fever spiked to 106F, I had a febrile seizure and went into a 3 hour coma which included a near-death experience. Is there any chance this severity is why I get the shingles so easily now? F 54 8 years
250mg 2X D
 2  erythema multiforme after herpes Very tired, sleepy, hard to stay focussed, irritable, anxious Taking maintenance dose to prevent herpes outbreak leading to EM. Haven't been taking long enough to know if effective. Side effects have improved somewhat over the week, but if they don't clear soon, I'll need to reconsider this. M 54 1 weeks
125 mg 1X D
 1  herpes fatigue, headache, fuzzy head, spots and vesicles on body and mouth ulcers. Worse than herpes. I don't take any other medications so it was not an interaction. Horrible medicine. Famvir has put me right off seeking help for herpes. I will just plod along and treat it as I have always done with betadine solution. F 64 4 days
250 mg 2X D
 5  Cold Sores Headache (mild, brief), sometimes vertigo (mild) I just had a major victory with Famvir, I felt the 'tingle' stage of a cold sore coming on and- per Dr's prescription- took a single dose of 3 pills. Only ended up getting 4 papules and two days later it is almost entirely gone. Yay! F 30 1 days

FAMVIR  (FAMCICLOVIR):  Famciclovir is used to treat infections caused by certain types of viruses. It treats shingles caused by herpes zoster. It also treats outbreaks of herpes simplex that cause cold sores around the mouth, sores around the anus, and genital herpes. In people with frequent outbreaks of genital herpes, famciclovir is used to help reduce the number of future episodes. Famciclovir is an antiviral drug. However, it is not a cure for these infections. The viruses that cause these infections continue to live in the body even between outbreaks. Famciclovir decreases the severity and length of these outbreaks. It helps the sores heal faster, keeps new sores from forming, and decreases pain/itching. This medication may also help reduce how long pain remains after the sores heal. In addition, in people with a weakened immune system, famciclovir can decrease the risk of the virus spreading to other parts of the body and causing serious infections.   (Sources: U.S. Centers for Medicare Services, FDA)