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Ganciclovir Topical



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

How it works

Ganciclovir Topical prevents the multiplication of the virus in human cells. Thus stops the virus from producing new viruses.

Common side effects

Impaired concentration, Rash, Reduced blood platelets, Joint pain, Headache, Dizziness, Convulsion, Blurred vision, Sepsis, Photosensitivity, Punctate keratitis, Muscle pain, Cellulitis, Insomnia, Eye pain, Vomiting, Pain, Weakness, Skin flakes, Inflammation, Nausea, Abdominal pain, Dermatitis, Irritability, Numbness, Loss of appetite, Decreased white blood cell count, Paresthesia (tingling or pricking sensation), Hair loss, Fatigue, Fever, Increased liver enzymes, Stinging sensation, Anemia, Decreased blood cells (red cells, white cells, and platelets), Itching, Dry skin, Urinary tract infection, Diarrhoea, Depression, Burning sensation, Rigors, Decreased appetite, Cough, Weight loss, Oral fungal infection, Altered taste, Decreased white blood cell count (neutrophils), Neuropathy, Breathing difficulty

Available Medicine

  • ₹55
    Sunways India Pvt Ltd
    1 variant(s)
  • ₹78
    Entod Pharmaceuticals Ltd
    1 variant(s)
  • ₹78
    Indoco Remedies Ltd
    2 variant(s)

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


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 20 February, 2017, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)