Vitravene Side Effects

Generic Name: fomivirsen ophthalmic

Note: This page contains side effects data for the generic drug fomivirsen ophthalmic. It is possible that some of the dosage forms included below may not apply to the brand name Vitravene.

It is possible that some side effects of Vitravene may not have been reported. These can be reported to the FDA here. Always consult a healthcare professional for medical advice.

For the Consumer

Applies to fomivirsen ophthalmic: intraocular solution

As well as its needed effects, fomivirsen ophthalmic (the active ingredient contained in Vitravene) may cause unwanted side effects that require medical attention.

If any of the following side effects occur while taking fomivirsen ophthalmic, check with your doctor or nurse as soon as possible:

More common
  • Abnormal vision
  • blurred vision
  • change in how colors look
  • decreased vision or other changes in vision
  • eye pain
  • redness of eye
  • seeing flashes or sparks of light
  • seeing floating spots before eyes
  • sensitivity of eye to light
  • veil or curtain appearing across part of vision
  • watering of eye
Less common
  • Decreased ability to see to the side when looking straight ahead
  • itching, redness, or soreness at place of injection
  • pain on moving the eye
  • soreness of eye
  • swelling of the eye

Some fomivirsen ophthalmic side effects may not need any medical attention. As your body gets used to the medicine these side effects may disappear. Your health care professional may be able to help you prevent or reduce these side effects, but do check with them if any of the following side effects continue, or if you are concerned about them:

More common
  • Abdominal or stomach pain
  • diarrhea
  • headache
  • nausea
  • skin rash
  • vomiting
  • weakness
Less common
  • Back pain
  • cough
  • dizziness
  • loss of appetite
  • sweating
  • tightness in chest
  • weight loss

For Healthcare Professionals

Applies to fomivirsen ophthalmic: intraocular solution

Ocular

Most adverse effects associated with fomivirsen therapy are limited to the treated eye. However, some of these events (e.g. retinal detachment) will also occur with the natural progression of CMV retinitis and may not necessarily be direct complications of drug administration.

The most frequently observed adverse effect is ocular inflammation, including iritis and vitritis. Inflammatory reactions occur in approximately 25% of patients and are more common during induction dosing. Other frequently reported ocular effects (occurring in 5% to 25% of patients) include abnormal vision, anterior chamber inflammation, blurred vision, cataract, conjunctival hemorrhage, decreased visual acuity, desaturation of color vision, eye pain, floaters, increased intraocular pressure, photophobia, retinal detachment, retinal edema, retinal hemorrhage, and retinal pigment changes. Less commonly (2% to 5%), conjunctival hyperemia, conjunctivitis, corneal edema, decreased peripheral vision, hypotony, keratic precipitates, optic neuritis, photopsia, retinal vascular disease, visual field defect, vitreous hemorrhage, and vitreous opacity have been reported.

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