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This medication is used in patients with AIDS (acquired immunodeficiency syndrome) to treat a serious infection of the eye called CMV (cytomegalovirus) retinitis. It works by stopping the growth of the virus. This medication is not a cure for CMV retinitis, but it helps to slow the course of the disease, which can lead to visual changes or loss of vision.

 
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Ganciclovir IO

Uses
This medication is used in patients with AIDS (acquired immunodeficiency syndrome) to treat a serious infection of the eye called CMV (cytomegalovirus) retinitis. It works by stopping the growth of the virus. This medication is not a cure for CMV retinitis, but it helps to slow the course of the disease, which can lead to visual changes or loss of vision.
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  • Keep all medical and laboratory appointments.

Storage
  • Store at room temperature between 59-86 degrees F (15-30 degrees C) away from light and heat.
  • Protect from freezing.
  • Keep all medicines away from children and pets.


How To Use
  • This medication is inserted into the affected eye(s) by a surgeon.
  • Follow all instructions on what to do before and after surgery.
  • The implant is designed to slowly release the medication into the eye over 5 to 8 months.
  • The doctor will decide when the implant will need to be replaced.Tell your doctor if your condition does not improve, if it worsens, or if you have signs of the CMV affecting other parts of the body (e.g., cough, fever, shortness of breath, stomach/abdominal pain, diarrhea, leg pain/weakness, headaches, confusion).

Side Effects
  • A temporary decrease in vision will usually occur after the surgery and last 2 to 4 weeks.
  • If this effect persists or worsens, tell your doctor or pharmacist promptly.Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects.
  • Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.Tell your doctor immediately if any of these unlikely but serious side effects occur: other vision changes/loss, eye pain/swelling/redness, bleeding in or around the eye.A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare.
  • However, seek immediate medical attention if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching, swelling, severe dizziness, trouble breathing.If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

Precautions
  • Before using ganciclovir, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or to acyclovir; or if you have any other allergies.Before receiving this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: other eye problems/surgery, other infections, bleeding/clotting problems (e.g., low platelet counts).After you receive this drug, your vision will usually become temporarily blurred for 2 to 4 weeks.
  • Use caution while driving, using machinery, or doing any other activity that requires clear vision.During pregnancy, this medication should be used only when clearly needed.
  • Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.
  • If you become pregnant or think you may be pregnant, tell your doctor immediately.It is not known whether this drug passes into breast milk.
  • Because of the possible risk to the infant, breast-feeding while using this drug is not recommended.
  • Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.

Missed Dose
  • If you miss a surgery appointment to have the implant replaced, contact your doctor immediately to establish a new surgery appointment.

Drug Interactions
  • Your doctor or pharmacist may already be aware of any possible drug interactions and may be monitoring you for them.
  • Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicine before checking with your doctor or pharmacist first.Before receiving this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist of all prescription and nonprescription/herbal products you may use.

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