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In the US, Famciclovir (famciclovir systemic) is a member of the drug class purine nucleosides and is used to treat Cold Sores, Herpes Simplex - Mucocutaneous/Immunocompetent Host, Herpes Simplex - Mucocutaneous/Immunocompromised Host, Herpes Simplex - Suppression and Herpes Zoster.

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ATC (Anatomical Therapeutic Chemical Classification)


CAS registry number (Chemical Abstracts Service)


Chemical Formula


Molecular Weight


Therapeutic Categories

Antivirals for systemic use - Antiviral agent

Nucleoside analogue

Chemical Name

2-[2-(2-Amino-9H-purin-9-yl)etyl]-1,3-propanediol diacetate (ester)

Foreign Names

  • Famciclovirum (Latin)
  • Famciclovir (German)
  • Famciclovir (French)
  • Famciclovir (Spanish)

Generic Names

  • Famciclovir (OS: DCF, USAN, BAN, JAN)
  • AV 42810 (IS)
  • BRL 42810 (Beecham) (IS)
  • Famciclovir (PH: USP 41)

Brand Names


BANBritish Approved Name
DCFDénomination Commune Française
ISInofficial Synonym
JANJapanese Accepted Name
OSOfficial Synonym
PHPharmacopoeia Name
Rec.INNRecommended International Nonproprietary Name (World Health Organization)
USANUnited States Adopted Name

Further information on drug naming conventions: International Nonproprietary Names.

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