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USES: This medication device is used for the treatment of cytomegalovirus (CMV) retinitis in patients with AIDS. This is not a cure for CMV retinitis but it should improve your vision and decrease symptoms of infection.

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This medication device is used for the treatment of cytomegalovirus (CMV) retinitis in patients with AIDS. This is not a cure for CMV retinitis but it should improve your vision and decrease symptoms of infection.
  • This implant only treats the eye and does not treat any disease in other parts of the body.
  • Tell your doctor if you think you are developing any other infections.
  • Be sure to keep all follow-up eye appointments.

  • Store boxed sets at room temperature between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 to 30 degrees C).
  • Do not freeze and protect from heat and light.

How To Use
  • HOW TO USE THIS MEDICATION: This medication is implanted into the affected eye(s) by a surgeon.
  • It is usually done in an outpatient clinic.

Side Effects
  • Due to the low dosage of the drug it is not expected to cause the usual problems associated with the oral or injectable forms of this drug.
  • Most side effects or discomfort will be due to the surgical procedure itself.
  • Most common problems are associated with a loss of visual clarity and may last 2 to 4 weeks after the surgery.
  • Notify your doctor if you experience severe vision loss, eye pain, eye swelling or inflammation or any bleeding in or around your eye.
  • If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

  • Tell your doctor your entire medical history including any eye surgery, allergies, (especially allergies to ganciclovir or acyclovir), other infections you may have or any blood disorders.
  • Although the drug contained in this implant is released in small doses be aware there are no studies to date on the effects of this drug on pregnant women.
  • Therefore this device should be used during pregnancy only if clearly needed.
  • Consult with your doctor.
  • It is not known if the drug in this implant is excreted into breast milk.
  • However, due to animal studies using other forms of this drug and because many drugs are excreted into breast milk, it is suggested that mothers stop breast-feeding while this implant is used.
  • Consult with your doctor.

Missed Dose
  • This implant will remain in your eye(s) for 5 to 8 months.
  • Your doctor will follow you closely to make sure you are receiving proper dosing.

Drug Interactions
  • Tell your doctor of any over-the-counter or prescription medication you may take.
  • Do not start or stop any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval.

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