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Uses of Cytogan Tablet

CYTOGAN 500MG TABLET is used in the treatment of eye infections by Herpes simplex virus.

Cytogan Tablet side effects

  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Vomiting
  • Nausea
  • Fatigue
  • Fever
  • Stomach pain
  • Diarrhoea
  • Skin rash

How to use Cytogan Tablet

Take this medicine in the dose and duration as advised by your doctor. Swallow it as a whole. Do not chew, crush or break it. CYTOGAN 500MG TABLET is to be taken with food.

How Cytogan Tablet works

CYTOGAN 500MG TABLET is an antiviral medication. It prevents the multiplication of virus in human cells. This stops the virus from producing new viruses and clears up your infection.

Cytogan Tablet related warnings

Interaction with alcohol is unknown. Please consult your doctor.
CYTOGAN 500MG TABLET may be unsafe to use during pregnancy.
Animal studies have shown adverse effects on the foetus, however, there are limited human studies. The benefits from use in pregnant women may be acceptable despite the risk. Please consult your doctor.
CYTOGAN 500MG TABLET is probably unsafe to use during lactation. Limited human data suggest that the drug could represent a significant risk to the baby.
Do not drive unless you are feeling well.
You may feel sleepy, dizzy, confused or shaky, or you may lose your balance or have fits while using CYTOGAN 500MG TABLET.
CYTOGAN 500MG TABLET should be used with caution in patients with kidney disease. Dose adjustment of CYTOGAN 500MG TABLET may be needed. Please consult your doctor.
Regular monitoring of kidney function test and some blood tests may be advised while you are taking this medicine.
CYTOGAN 500MG TABLET should be used with caution in patients with liver disease. Dose adjustment of CYTOGAN 500MG TABLET may be needed. Please consult your doctor.

What if you miss a dose of Cytogan Tablet?

If you miss a dose of CYTOGAN 500MG TABLET, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular schedule. Do not double the dose.

Alternate Brands

For informational purposes only. Consult a doctor before taking any medicines.
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Expert Advice

  • Always take the complete course of treatment, as advised by your doctor even if you feel better.
  • Drink plenty of water while on treatment with CYTOGAN 500MG TABLET. This helps to prevent kidney stone and kidney damage.
  • Inform your doctor if you have ever been diagnosed with kidney or liver problems. A dose of your medicine may need to be adjusted.
  • You should not have sex if you have genital sores or blisters. If you're taking CYTOGAN 500MG TABLET for herpes, you should use barrier methods (condoms) when you're having sex since you can still pass it on to other people, even if you're taking the medication.
  • Inform your doctor if you are pregnant or planning to conceive or breastfeeding.

Interaction with Drugs

Taking Cytogan with any of the following medicines can modify the effect of either of them and cause some undesirable side effects
Brand(s): Tenvir AF, Tentide AF
Brand(s): Entehep
Brand(s): Cinus, Adroyd, Oxynase
Brand(s): Heptavir, Lami
Brand(s): Paripher
Brand(s): Vipteno, Hepdoze
Brand(s): Zidohope, Zivudin, Zvd
Brand(s): Xylomet, Xylo, Xylojeev
Brand(s): Sucor
Brand(s): Healgraft, Graftidem


Q. Is Cytogan a vesicant/ antibiotic?
No, Cytogan is not a vesicant/ an antibiotic
Q. Is Cytogan?
Yes, Cytogan is dialyzabl
Q. Is Cytogan a chemotherapy drug?
Yes, Cytogan is a chemotherapy used for the treatment of viral infections. Do not confuse it with chemotherapy or chemo drugs used for the treatment of cancer
Q. Is Cytogan nephrotoxic?
Yes, Cytogan is known to have nephrotoxicity (toxic to kidneys)
Q. Is ganciclovir a protease inhibitor?
No, ganciclovir is not a protease inhibitor; it belongs to synthetic nucleoside analogues class of antivirals
Q. Does Cytogan cover hsv (hepes simplex virus)?
Yes, Cytogan may be used to treat hsv (hepes simplex virus)
Q. How does Cytogan cause myelosuppression?
Cytogan is directly toxic to colony forming stem cells inside bone marrow which is responsible for RBCs, WBCs and platelets formation, thereby causing myelosuppression.
Information last updated by Dr. Varun Gupta, MD Pharmacology on 8th Mar 2017.
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