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Ganciclovir

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Uses

Ganciclovir is used in the treatment of eye infections by herpes simplex virus

How it works

Ganciclovir is an antiviral drug. It prevents the multiplication of the virus in human cells. Thus stops the virus from producing new viruses.

Common side effects

Anemia, Breathlessness, Diarrhoea, Decreased white blood cell count (neutrophils)

Available Medicine

  • ₹1215 to ₹1735
    Natco Pharma Ltd
    3 variant(s)
  • ₹1095 to ₹2025
    Abbott India Ltd
    3 variant(s)
  • ₹1687
    Roche Products India Pvt Ltd
    1 variant(s)
  • ₹1650 to ₹2651
    Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd
    2 variant(s)
  • ₹1752
    United Biotech Pvt Ltd
    1 variant(s)

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 Ganciclovir. 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 Ganciclovir 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.

Frequently asked questions

Ganciclovir

Q. Is ganciclovir a vesicant/ antibiotic?
No, ganciclovir is not a vesicant/ an antibiotic
Q. Is ganciclovir?
Yes, ganciclovir is dialyzabl
Q. Is ganciclovir a chemotherapy drug?
Yes, ganciclovir 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
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Q. Is ganciclovir nephrotoxic?
Yes, ganciclovir 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 ganciclovir cover hsv (hepes simplex virus)?
Yes, ganciclovir may be used to treat hsv (hepes simplex virus)
Q. How does ganciclovir cause myelosuppression?
Ganciclovir is directly toxic to colony forming stem cells inside bone marrow which is responsible for RBCs, WBCs and platelets formation, thereby causing myelosuppression.

Content on this page was last updated on 19 May, 2017, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)