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WHAT IS GANCICLOVIR?
Ganciclovir is an antiviral drug that belongs to a class called synthetic nucleoside analogues. It works by blocking the viral DNA replication a process essential for the virus to grow and multiply. Ganciclovir thus stops the virus from spreading in the body. It slows the growth and spread of the cytomegalovirus.
Ganciclovir is used to treat and prevent infections caused by cytomegalovirus. This infection usually occurs in patients who have suppressed immune systems such as patients with AIDS and organ transplant patients.
POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS:
Serious side effects affecting the blood have been reported with the use of ganciclovir. Decreased levels of blood cells (white blood cells, red blood cells, and platelets) have occurred. Your doctor may monitor your blood with blood tests.
Stop taking ganciclovir and seek emergency medical attention if you experience any of the following serious side effects:
an allergic reaction (difficulty breathing; closing of the throat; swelling of the lips, tongue, or face; or hives);
paleness and fatigue that may be signs of anemia (a low level of red blood cells);
unusual bleeding or bruising;
fever or signs of infection; or
numbness or tingling in a part of your body.
Other, less serious side effects may be more likely to occur. Continue to take ganciclovir and talk to your doctor if you experience
nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, or decreased appetite; increased sweating; itching; or
decreased sperm production or infertility.
Side effects other than those listed here may also occur. Talk to your doctor about any side effect that seems unusual or that is especially bothersome.
Store vials at 20° to 25ºC (68º to 77°F)