Generic Name: ganciclovir, Ophthalmic gel

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Highlights for ganciclovir

Ophthalmic gel
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GANCICLOVIR (gan SYE kloe veer) is an antiviral medicine. It is used to treat herpes infection in the eye.
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This drug also comes in other forms, including Oral capsuleParenteral SolutionImplant
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Talk to your healthcare provider if you have any of these conditions.
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Know what to watch for and get tips for reducing your risks while taking this drug.
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ganciclovir Side Effects

Ophthalmic gel

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

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (Report these to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome.):

  • blurred vision
  • eye irritation, itching
  • mild burning, redness or stinging in the eye
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ganciclovir May Interact with Other Medications

Ophthalmic gel

Interactions are not expected. Do not use any other eye products without telling your doctor or health care professional.

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How to Use ganciclovir

Ophthalmic gel

This medicine is only for use in the eye. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Wash hands before and after use. Try not to touch the tip of the dropper to anything, even your eye or fingertips. Tilt your head back slightly and pull your lower eyelid down with your index finger to form a pouch. Squeeze the prescribed number of drops into the pouch. Close the eye gently to spread the drops. Your vision may blur for a few minutes. Use your doses at regular intervals. Do not use your medicine more often than directed. Finish the full course that is prescribed even if you think your condition is better. Do not skip doses or stop your medicine early.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. While this drug may be prescribed for children as young as 2 years for selected conditions, precautions do apply.

Overdosage: If you think you've taken too much of this medicine contact a poison control center or emergency room at once.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:

  • contact lens wearer
  • an unusual or allergic reaction to ganciclovir, acyclovir, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant
  • breast-feeding
What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, use it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, use only that dose. Do not use double or extra doses.

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Tell your doctor or health care professional if your symptoms do not improve in 2 to 3 days or if they get worse.

Do not wear contact lenses while you have any signs or symptoms of an eye infection. Ask your doctor or health care professional when you can start wearing your contacts again.

Stop using this medicine immediately if you notice signs of an allergic reaction.

To prevent the spread of infection, do not share eye products, towels, and washcloths with anyone else.

Where should I keep my medicine?

Keep out of the reach of children.

Store between 15 and 25 degrees C (59 and 77 degrees F). Do not freeze. Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.

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