In order to achieve the best results Famvir 500mg should be taken immediately after noticing the first signs of infection. It is taken orally, preferably with meals, however it is not a prerequisite. The recommended by doctor dose should be taken regularly, according to the instructions, and the treatment should not be stopped early, even if it seems the symptoms are gone.
What is more, Famvir is used as a preventative drug for patients with a history of recurring genital herpes simplex disease. It is also recommended to patients with viral infections whose immune system is too week to fight the infection on its own. Famvir is prescribed to HIV and AIDS carriers, to patients after chemotherapy and hematopoietic stem cell transplantation as well.
Genital herpes simplex
The treatment of genital herpes simplex which occurred for the first time should be carefully supervised by a doctor. In such cases it is recommended to take Famvir pills 250mg three times a day for 5 days (15 – 250mg pills in total). The long-term preventative treatment involves taking two 250mg pills a day for unspecified period of time, with a control visit after 12 months from starting the treatment (3 sets of 250 mg pills – 56 pills are enough for a three-month treatment).
Face herpes simplex
For treating face herpes simplex, take Famvir as soon as the first symptoms occur. You should take 1 tablet 500mg three times a day for seven days (two sets of 500mg pills – 14 pills, or one set of 250 mg pills – 56 pills in which a one dose consists of two pills).
In order to treat herpes zoster a patient should take one Famvir 500mg pill three times a day for a one week (two sets of 500mg pills – 14 pills, or one set of 250 mg pills – 56 pills in which a one dose consists of two pills).