Ganciclovir is used to treat and prevent viral infections caused by cytomegalovirus (CMV).
Ganciclovir is given as a slow infusion into a vein.
Ganciclovir will be given to you by a health professional. If you are unable to attend an appointment, contact your health professional as soon as possible.
Some medicines available without a prescription may react with ganciclovir including:
Tell your pharmacist or doctor about all medicines or treatments that you may be taking, including vitamins, herbal products or recreational drugs.
|Side Effects||Recommended action|
Symptoms of allergy including: skin rash, itching, swelling, trouble breathing
Increased risk of infection - symptoms may include: fever, chills, sore throat, aches and pains, tiredness, pain when peeing, mouth ulcers
Easy/unusual bruising or bleeding
Changes in vision
|Tell your doctor immediately|
Unusual behaviour or thinking
Confusion, drowsiness or weakness
Tiredness, dizziness, pale skin
|Tell your doctor|
Numbness or tingling of the fingers or toes
Headache, trouble sleeping, tremor
Nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, loss of appetite
Irritation or pain at injection site
|Tell your doctor if troublesome|
If you notice any other effects, discuss them with your doctor or pharmacist.
This leaflet contains important, but not all, information about this medicine.
Prepared by the PILs Committee at Christchurch Hospital, Canterbury District Health Board, New Zealand. December 2017
For more general information about this sheet and its contents, see: What does a My Medicines sheet cover?
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