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Ganciclovir Topical



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

How it works

Ganciclovir belongs to a class of medications called as synthetic nucleoside analogues. It is an antiviral drug that works by blocking the viral DNA replication, a process essential for the virus to grow and multiply.

Common side effects

Blurred vision, Eye pain, Stinging sensation, Burning sensation


Expert advice

  • Do not use ganciclovir topical in children <18 years of age unless prescribed by the doctor. 
  • Avoid use of contact lenses in eyes before and after instillation for 15 minutes.
  • Inform your doctor if you are using any other eye drops or ointment.
  • Do not drive or operate machinery if you experience visual disturbances due to instillation in eyes. 
  • Discontinue use and consult your doctor if irritation in eyes persists.
  • Ganciclovir topical is known to have an effect on fertility and hence contraception is advised in men and women of child-bearing age while on this therapy.
  • Ensure that the ganciclovir treatment does not exceed 21 days.
  • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant or are breastfeeding.
  • Do not use if you are allergic to ganciclovir, acyclovir or valganciclovir or any of its ingredients.

Frequently asked questions

Ganciclovir Topical

Q.Is ganciclovir a protease inhibitor?
No, ganciclovir is not a protease inhibitor; it belongs to synthetic nucleoside analogues class of antivirals.

Content on this page was last updated on 18 November, 2016, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)