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Fomivirsen ophthalmic Side Effects

For the Consumer

Applies to fomivirsen ophthalmic: intraocular solution

In addition to its needed effects, some unwanted effects may be caused by fomivirsen ophthalmic. In the event that any of these side effects do occur, they may require medical attention.

Severity: Moderate

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

Minor Side Effects

Some of the side effects that can occur with fomivirsen ophthalmic may not need medical attention. As your body adjusts to the medicine during treatment these side effects may go away. Your health care professional may also be able to tell you about ways to reduce or prevent some of these side effects. If any of the following side effects continue, are bothersome or if you have any questions about them, check with your health care professional:

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.[Ref]

References

1. Perry CM, Balfour JAB "Fomivirsen." Drugs 57 (1999): 375-80

2. "Product Information. Vitravene (fomivirsen)." Ciba Vision Ophthalmics, Duluth, GA.

Not all side effects for fomivirsen ophthalmic may be reported. You should always consult a doctor or healthcare professional for medical advice. Side effects can be reported to the FDA here.

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