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GANCICLOVIR (gan SYE kloe veer) prevents and helps manage infections caused by cytomegalovirus (CMV). It belongs to a group of medications called antivirals. It does not kill the virus and it may still be possible to spread the virus to others. It will not treat colds, the flu, or infections caused by bacteria.
This medication is infused into a vein. It is given by your care team in a hospital or clinic setting.
Talk to your care team about the use of this medication in children. Special care may be needed.
Side effects that you should report to your care team as soon as possible:
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your care team if they continue or are bothersome):
This medication is given in a hospital or clinic. It will not be stored at home.
They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
It is important not to miss your dose. Call your care team if you are unable to keep an appointment.
Visit your care team for regular check-ups. Discuss any new symptoms with your care team. You will need to have important blood work done while on this medication. If you have a CMV eye infection have your eyes checked every 4 to 6 weeks.
Drink 6 to 8 glasses of water or fluids daily while taking this medication to help prevent side effects.
Talk to your care team if you wish to become pregnant or think you might be pregnant. This medication can cause serious birth defects if taken during pregnancy or for 30 days after stopping treatment. Do not father a child while taking this medication and for 90 days after stopping it. Talk to your care team about reliable forms of contraception.
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