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STERILE INTRAVITREAL IMPLANT WITH CYTOVENE®
(ganciclovir, 4.5 mg)
FOR INTRAVITREAL IMPLANTATION ONLY
The Vitrasert Implant contains the antiviral drug ganciclovir. Each Vitrasert Implant contains a minimum of 4.5 mg ganciclovir.
Each Vitrasert Implant contains a ganciclovir tablet which contains the inactive ingredient, magnesium stearate (0.25%). Each tablet is coated with polyvinyl alcohol and ethylene vinyl acetate polymers.
The chemical name of ganciclovir is 9-[[2-hydroxy-1-(hydroxymethyl)ethoxy]methyl]guanine, and has the following structure:
Ganciclovir is a white to off-white crystalline powder with a molecular formula of C9H13N5O4, and molecular weight of 255.23. Ganciclovir has a solubility of 4.3 mg/mL in water at 25°C.
What are the precautions when taking ganciclovir (Vitrasert)?
Last reviewed on RxList: 12/2/2008
This monograph has been modified to include the generic and brand name in many instances.
Additional Vitrasert Information
- Vitrasert Drug Interactions Center: ganciclovir io
- Vitrasert Side Effects Center
- Vitrasert Overview including Precautions
- Vitrasert FDA Approved Prescribing Information including Dosage
Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration
You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.
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