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Ganciclovir - Oral Capsule

Ganciclovir - Oral Capsule

This is an antiviral medication used to treat or prevent cytomegalovirus (CMV) infections of the eye or for organ transplants.


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Ganciclovir - Oral Capsule

This is an antiviral medication used to treat or prevent cytomegalovirus (CMV) infections of the eye or for organ transplants.

  • Store at room temperature 59 to 86 degrees F (15 to 30 degrees C).
  • Do not store in the bathroom.

  • If overdose is suspected, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately.
  • Symptoms of overdose could be expected to be extensions of symptoms noted in Side Effects section.


How To Use
  • Ganciclovir is taken by mouth.
  • The capsules should be swallowed whole and taken with food.
  • Do not open or crush the capsules.
  • Use Ganciclovir exactly as prescribed.
  • Do not stop using Ganciclovir or increase your dose without consulting your doctor.
  • Drink plenty of fluids while taking Ganciclovir.
  • At least 6 to 8 glasses of water or other liquids are recommended daily.
  • Keep all doctor appointments and lab visits.
  • Ganciclovir can affect your blood.
  • Lab tests will be scheduled routinely to closely monitor the effect of Ganciclovir on your blood.

Side Effects
  • Diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, stomach upset, loss of appetite, headache, dizziness, confusion, nervousness, abnormal dreams, tremor, tingling sensation in fingers, weakness, or swelling of feet or ankles.
  • If any of these effects continue or become bothersome, inform your doctor.
  • Notify your doctor immediately if any of these serious effects occur: skin rash, sore throat, fever, chills, trouble breathing, severe abdominal pain, any unusual bleeding.
  • If you notice any other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

  • Tell your doctor your medical history, especially of: blood disorders, liver disease, kidney disease, any allergies.
  • Avoid contacting the skin or mucous membranes with the contents of the capsule.
  • Should contact occur, wash with plenty of soap and water; thoroughly rinse eyes with plain water.
  • Caution is advised if Ganciclovir is used in the elderly, as they may have decreased kidney function which can cause ganciclovir to build up in their bloodstream.
  • Increased side effects may result.
  • Ganciclovir is not recommended for use during pregnancy.
  • Consult your doctor before using Ganciclovir.
  • It is recommended that men and women use birth control measures while taking Ganciclovir since birth defects have been noted in animal studies.
  • Men should use a barrier contraceptive (latex condom) while taking Ganciclovir and for at least 90 days after they stop taking it.
  • Because it is not known if Ganciclovir appears in breast milk, consult with your doctor before breast-feeding.

Missed Dose
  • Do not double dose if missed; check with your MD.

Drug Interactions
  • Inform your doctor about all the medicines you use (both prescription and nonprescription) including: didanosine, imipenem-cilastatin, dapsone, pentamidine, cancer chemotherapy drugs, amphotericin, trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole.
  • Ganciclovir should be used under strict supervision by persons taking zidovudine (AZT) since the combination can result in severe blood disorders.
  • Do not start or stop any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval.

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