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Zirgan

Last reviewed on RxList: 1/11/2019
Zirgan Side Effects Center

Last reviewed on RxList 1/11/2019

Zirgan (ganciclovir ophthalmic gel) is an anti-viral drug used to treat herpes infection of the eye. Common side effects of Zirgan include:

  • temporary blurred vision after application of this medication,
  • burning or stinging of the eye,
  • mild eye irritation or redness,
  • itchy eyes, and
  • increased tearing.

Tell your doctor if you have serious side effects of Zirgan including:

  • eye pain, swelling, redness, or watering;
  • severe burning or itching of your eyes;
  • vision changes, increased sensitivity to light;
  • tunnel vision, problems with peripheral (side) vision;
  • seeing flashes of light, halos around lights, or "floaters" in your vision;
  • white patches on your eyes;
  • cloudiness in the pupils or iris of your eyes;
  • bleeding, oozing, or crusting of your eyes; or
  • sudden vision loss.

The recommended dosing regimen for Zirgan gel is 1 drop in the affected eye 5 times per day (approximately every 3 hours while awake) until the corneal ulcer heals, and then 1 drop 3 times per day for 7 days. Zirgan may interact with other drugs. Tell your doctor all medications and supplements you use. During pregnancy, Zirgan should be used only when prescribed. It is unknown if this drug passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breastfeeding.

Our Zirgan (ganciclovir ophthalmic gel) Side Effects Drug Center provides a comprehensive view of available drug information on the potential side effects when taking this medication.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

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Zirgan Consumer Information

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Call your doctor at once if you have a serious side effect such as:

  • eye pain, swelling, redness, or watering;
  • severe burning or itching of your eyes;
  • vision changes, increased sensitivity to light;
  • tunnel vision, problems with peripheral (side) vision;
  • seeing flashes of light, halos around lights, or "floaters" in your vision;
  • white patches on your eyes;
  • cloudiness in the pupils or iris of your eyes;
  • bleeding, oozing, or crusting of your eyes; or
  • sudden vision loss.

Less serious side effects may include:

  • blurred vision (may last up to 4 weeks after Vitrasert implant surgery);
  • mild eye irritation; or
  • increased tearing.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Read the entire detailed patient monograph for Zirgan (Ganciclovir Ophthalmic Gel)

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SIDE EFFECTS

Most common adverse reactions reported in patients were blurred vision (60%), eye irritation (20%), punctate keratitis (5%), and conjunctival hyperemia (5%).

Read the entire FDA prescribing information for Zirgan (Ganciclovir Ophthalmic Gel)

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© Zirgan Patient Information is supplied by Cerner Multum, Inc. and Zirgan Consumer information is supplied by First Databank, Inc., used under license and subject to their respective copyrights.

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