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Cytovene Patient Information including If I Miss a Dose
In this Article
- What is ganciclovir (Cytovene)?
- What are the possible side effects of ganciclovir (Cytovene)?
- What is the most important information I should know about ganciclovir (Cytovene)?
- What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking ganciclovir (Cytovene)?
- How should I take ganciclovir (Cytovene)?
- What happens if I miss a dose (Cytovene)?
- What happens if I overdose (Cytovene)?
- What should I avoid while taking ganciclovir (Cytovene)?
- What other drugs will affect ganciclovir (Cytovene)?
- Where can I get more information?
What happens if I miss a dose (Cytovene)?
If a dose of oral ganciclovir is missed, take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for the next dose, skip that dose and take only your next regularly scheduled dose. Do not take a double dose of this medication.
Contact your healthcare provider if you miss a dose of injectable ganciclovir.
What happens if I overdose (Cytovene)?
Seek emergency medical attention if an overdose is suspected.
Symptoms of a ganciclovir overdose include seizures, diarrhea, kidney damage (decreased urine production), liver damage (yellowing of the skin or eyes, abdominal pain), and bone marrow damage (paleness, increased chance of infection, fever and chills).
What should I avoid while taking ganciclovir (Cytovene)?
There are no restrictions on food, beverages, or activity during treatment with ganciclovir unless otherwise directed by your doctor.
What other drugs will affect ganciclovir (Cytovene)?
Before taking ganciclovir, tell your doctor if you are taking any of the following drugs:
- zidovudine (Retrovir, AZT);
- didanosine (Videx);
- probenecid (Benemid); or
- imipenem-cilastatin (Primaxin).
You may not be able to take ganciclovir, or you may require a dosage adjustment or special monitoring if you are taking any of the medicines listed above.
Drugs other than those listed here may also interact with ganciclovir. Talk to your doctor and pharmacist before taking any prescription or over-the-counter medicines, including herbal products.
Where can I get more information?
Your pharmacist has additional information about ganciclovir written for health professionals that you may read.
Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.
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