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Infectious Diseases in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Volume 6, Issue 1, Pages 38-43
Review Article

A Review of Famciclovir in the Management of Genital Herpes

Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Medical Center, 1653 West Congress Parkway, 720 Pavilion, Chicago, IL 60612-3833, USA

Received 12 February 1998; Accepted 20 March 1998

Copyright © 1998 Hindawi Publishing Corporation. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


The frequent occurrence of genital herpes continues to be a serious clinical problem. Although not life threatening, the physical symptoms of the disease, and the ensuing psychosocial complications, can be overwhelming to patients. The life cycle of the herpes simplex virus is complex, comprising multiple stages. Following infection, the virus establishes life-long latency in its host and can reactivate at any time as a recurrent infection. Successful management of genital herpes simplex infections involves patient education and psychological support, as well as antiviral agents. The antiviral agent famciclovir has been shown to shorten the course and decrease the severity of episodes of recurrent genital herpes. In addition, famciclovir has been shown to be effective in suppressing recurrent genital herpes. A review of the clinical experience with famciclovir in the treatment of genital herpes is presented.