GANCICLOVIR (gan SYE kloe veer) is an antiviral medicine. It is used to treat infections caused by certain kinds of viruses. The implant is used to treat cytomegalovirus (CMV) eye infections. The implant will only treat the eye it has been placed into, and it is not a cure for CMV.
This medicine is placed in position by a surgical procedure. It is done by a trained surgeon in a hospital or clinic setting.
Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. While this drug may be prescribed for children as young as 9 years old for selected conditions, precautions do apply.
Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
bleeding in the eye
prolonged changes in vision
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
swelling, pain, and inflammation of the eye
temporary changes in vision
Interactions are not expected.
This does not apply.
This drug is given in a hospital or clinic and will not be stored at home.
They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
low blood counts, like low white cell, platelet, or red cell counts
an unusual or allergic reaction to ganciclovir, acyclovir, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
pregnant or trying to get pregnant
Visit your doctor or health care professional for regular check ups. Discuss any new symptoms with your doctor. Have your eyes checked every 4 to 6 weeks or as directed.
After the implant is placed in your eye, you may find you cannot see as well as you could before the procedure. This change should be for only a short time while you heal from the eye surgery. Tell your doctor if your vision does not get better in 2 to 4 weeks.
Women should inform their doctor if they wish to become pregnant or think they might be pregnant. There is a potential for serious side effects to an unborn child. Talk to your health care professional or pharmacist for more information.
NOTE:This sheet is a summary. It may not cover all possible information. If you have questions about this medicine, talk to your doctor, pharmacist, or health care provider. Copyright© 2017 Elsevier