Ganciclovir ophthalmic Side Effects
For the Consumer
Applies to ganciclovir ophthalmic: intraocular implant
Other dosage forms:
In addition to its needed effects, some unwanted effects may be caused by ganciclovir ophthalmic. In the event that any of these side effects do occur, they may require medical attention.
Also, ganciclovir has been found to cause cancerous tumors in animals. Discuss these possible effects with your doctor.
If any of the following side effects occur while taking ganciclovir ophthalmic, check with your doctor or nurse as soon as possible:More common—Usually occur within the first 2 months after the surgery
- Decrease in vision (severe)
- seeing flashes or sparks of light
- seeing floating spots before the eyes, or a veil or curtain appearing across part of vision
- Blurred vision or other change in vision
- decreased vision or other change in vision
- eye pain or tearing
- red or bloodshot eye
- sensitivity of eye to light
- Eye irritation
- swelling of the membrane covering the white part of the eye
Minor Side Effects
Some of the side effects that can occur with ganciclovir 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:
- Decrease in vision lasting approximately 2 to 4 weeks
For Healthcare Professionals
Applies to ganciclovir ophthalmic: intraocular implant, ophthalmic gel
The following side effects are for the ophthalmic gel only; if available, the manufacturer product information for the intraocular implant should be consulted for additional information.
Very common (10% or more): Blurred vision (60%), eye irritation (20%), transient burning/stinging sensations
Common (1% to 10%): Punctate keratitis, conjunctival hyperemia[Ref]
1. Cerner Multum, Inc. "UK Summary of Product Characteristics." O 0
2. "Product Information. Zirgan (ganciclovir ophthalmic)." Sirion Therapeutics, Tampa, FL.
Not all side effects for ganciclovir 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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