Ganciclovir topical is used for the treatment of acute herpetic keratitis (inflammation of the cornea of the eye) caused 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
- 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
Q. Is ganciclovir a protease inhibitor?
No, ganciclovir is not a protease inhibitor; it belongs to synthetic nucleoside analogues class of antivirals.