Ganciclovir (Ophthalmic)

Description

Ganciclovir (Ophthalmic) is an antiviral medicine used in the treatment of acute herpetic keratitis, an eye viral infection caused by the herpes simplex virus.

Side effects

Major & minor side effects for Ganciclovir (Ophthalmic)

  • Blurred vision
  • Sore, Red Eyes
  • Eye irritation and discomfort

Uses of Ganciclovir (Ophthalmic)

What is it prescribed for?

  • Acute herpetic keratitis
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Concerns

Commonly asked questions

  • Onset of action
    The amount of time required for this medicine to show its effect is not clinically established.
  • Duration of effect
    The amount of time for which this medicine remains active in the body is not clinically established.
  • Safe with alcohol?
    Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.
  • Is it habit forming?
    No habit forming tendency has been reported
  • Usage in pregnancy?
    This medicine is not recommended for use in pregnant women except in life-threatening conditions. Discuss all the risks and benefits with your doctor before using this medicine.
  • Usage while breast-feeding?
    This medicine is not recommended for use in breastfeeding women unless absolutely necessary. Your doctor may advise you to discontinue the medicine or to discontinue breastfeeding based on your clinical condition. Discuss all the risks and benefits with your doctor before using this medicine.

Allergy

This medicine is not recommended for use in patients with a known allergy to ganciclovir, any other medicine of the same class, or any other inactive ingredients present along with the formulation.
Warnings for special population

Pregnancy

This medicine is not recommended for use in pregnant women except in life-threatening conditions. Discuss all the risks and benefits with your doctor before using this medicine.

Breast-feeding

This medicine is not recommended for use in breastfeeding women unless absolutely necessary. Your doctor may advise you to discontinue the medicine or to discontinue breastfeeding based on your clinical condition. Discuss all the risks and benefits with your doctor before using this medicine.
General warnings

Use in children

This medicine is not recommended for use in patients less than 2 years of age since the safety and efficacy of use are not clinically established.

Contamination

Do not touch the tip of the dropper to any surface since this may lead to contamination. Patients are advised to take all hygienic precautions to ensure that the medicine is not contaminated.

Contact lens

Usage of a contact lens is not recommended in patients receiving therapy with this medicine.

Missed Dose

Administer the missed dose as soon as you remember. It is advisable to skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next scheduled dose. Do not instill a double dose to make up for the missed one.

Overdose

Seek emergency medical treatment or contact the doctor in case of an overdose.
All drugs interact differently for person to person. You should check all the possible interactions with your doctor before starting any medicine.
Interaction with Alcohol

Description

Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.

Instructions

Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.
Interaction with Medicine
Disease interactions

Disease

Information not available.
Food interactions
Information not available.
Lab interactions
Information not available.
Use this medicine exactly as prescribed. Do not administer in larger or smaller amounts than advised/prescribed. Consult the doctor if you experience any undesirable side effects. Ensure that the treatment course is completed. Do not stop the use of this medicine without consulting your doctor.
Miscelleneous

Usage does not depend on food timings

To be taken as instructed by doctor

Does not cause sleepiness

How it works
This medicine works by blocking the growth and reproduction of the virus. This helps in preventing the spread of the disease.
Legal Status

Approved

Approved

Unknown

Approved

Classification

Category

Purine nucleosides

Schedule

Schedule H

Virgan - Summary of Product Characteristics (SmPC) - (emc) [Internet]. Medicines.org.uk. 2019 [cited 19 November 2019]. Available from:

https://www.medicines.org.uk/emc/product/4674/smpc

Colin J. Ganciclovir ophthalmic gel, 0.15%: a valuable tool for treating ocular herpes [Internet]. PubMed Central (PMC). 2019 [cited 19 November 2019]. Available from:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2704535/

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Information on this page was last updated on 21 Nov 2019

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