Famciclovir is prescription treatment for genital herpes, shingles and cold sores.

Famciclovir 500mg
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1 course

4 tablet(s) / 500 mg - £95.00

2 courses

8 tablet(s) / 500 mg - £165.00

3 courses

12 tablet(s) / 500 mg - £229.00

Frequently asked questions

What is the brand name for famciclovir?

Famvir is the branded name of the antiviral medication with the active substance famciclovir. It is also available under the names “Famvir 250” or “Famvir 500”, which are produced under the brand name ‘Famvir UK’ by Novartis Pharmaceuticals UK Ltd. Famciclovir is the generic, unbranded version of Famvir. Both treatments work in the same way.

How long does famciclovir stay in your system?

Famciclovir has a short half life (the time it takes for half of the medication to leave your body) of around 2 and a half hours. It can take 3-7 days for famciclovir to completely leave your system.

Why was famciclovir discontinued?

The branded version of famciclovir, Famvir, was discontinued in the US in August 2021 and it’s also discontinued in the UK too. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) states that this was not due to manufacturing, product quality, safety, or efficacy concerns. However, generic versions of famciclovir are still approved and available.

How long has famciclovir been on the market?

Famciclovir was approved for use in the treatment of herpes zoster (shingles) in 1994 and later for the treatment of herpes simplex (cold sores and genital herpes).

Can famciclovir be taken with ibuprofen?

Yes, it’s safe to take ibuprofen while taking famciclovir. As with all medications, make sure you read the patient information leaflet and take the medication correctly.

How much does famciclovir cost?

You can see the cost of ordering famciclovir through ZAVA’s online doctor service at the top of this page. Because it’s a generic, non-branded medication, famciclovir is generally cheaper than branded Famvir.

Medically reviewed by:
Dr Babak Ashrafi Clinical Lead for Service Expansion
Accreditations: BSc, MBBS, MRCGP (2008)

Babak studied medicine at King’s College London and graduated in 2003, having also gained a bachelor’s degree in Physiology during his time there. He completed his general practice (GP) training in East London, where he worked for a number of years as a partner at a large inner-city GP practice. He completed the Royal College of GPs membership exam in 2007.

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