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Valganciclovir

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Uses

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

How it works

Valganciclovir 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

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

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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 Valganciclovir. 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 Valganciclovir 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.
  • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or planning to get pregnant or breastfeeding.
     

Frequently asked questions

Valganciclovir

Q.

What is valganciclovir used for?
Valganciclovir is used for the treatment of cytomegalovirus (CMV) infection of retina (retinitis) in adult patients with acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS). It is also used for the prevention of CMV infection in patients who have received an organ transplant from a CMV-infected donor

Q.

How does valganciclovir work?
After taken orally, valganciclovir gets converted into ganciclovir by liver and intestinal enzymes, which then prevents the growth and spread of cytomegalovirus.

Q.

Is valganciclovir cytotoxic?
No, valganciclovir is not cytotoxic

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Does valganciclovir cover HSV?
Valganciclovir can also be used for treatment of herpes simplex virus (HSV) infection. Please follow doctor's advice regarding its use


Content on this page was last updated on 27 April, 2017, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)