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Valcyte(Generic name: Valganciclovir) is an antiviral drug used to treat cytomegalovirus (CMV) retinitis (eye infection) in people with acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS). It is also used to prevent CMV infection in people who have received a heart, kidney, or kidney–pancreas transplant. This medication works by slowing the growth of CMV. Valganciclovir helps prevent the spread of CMV infection to other areas of the body.
The dosage of Valganciclovir prescribed to each patient will vary. Always follow your physician’s instructions and/or the directions on the prescription drug label.
Valganciclovir can be taken with food.
Missed Dose of Valganciclovir:
If your physician has instructed or directed you to take Valganciclovir medication in a regular schedule and you have missed a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, then skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double the doses unless otherwise directed.
Overdose of Valganciclovir:
Any medication taken in excess can have serious consequences. If you suspect an overdose of Valganciclovir, seek medical attention immediately.
Side Effects of Valganciclovir:
Like other medicines, Valganciclovir can cause some side effects. If they do occur, the side effects of Valganciclovir are most likely to be minor and temporary. However, some may be serious and may require the individual to inform the doctor or visit the nearest hospital immediately.
It is pertinent to note that side effects of Valganciclovir cannot be anticipated. If any side effects of Valganciclovir develop or change in intensity, the doctor should be informed as soon as possible.
Valganciclovir can cause side effects such as diarrhea, mild nausea, vomiting, dizziness, weakness, headache, and sleep problems. This is not a complete list of all side effects. Do concur with your doctor and follow his directions completely when you are taking Valganciclovir.
Usually drug interactions occur when it is taken with another drug or with food. Before you take a medication for a particular ailment, you should inform the health expert about intake of any other medications including non-prescription medications, over-the-counter medicines that may increase the effect of Valganciclovir, and dietary supplements like vitamins, minerals and herbal, so that the doctor can warn you of any possible drug interactions.
Valganciclovir can interact with cancer medicines and steroids.
Also, tell your prescriber or health care professional if you are a frequent user of drinks containing caffeine or alcohol, if you smoke, or if you use illegal drugs. These may affect the way your medicine works. Check with your health care professional before stopping or starting any of your medicines.
Before using Valganciclovir, ask the following questions to the doctor:
Is it possible for me to take Valganciclovir with other drugs?
Should certain beverages, foods and other products be avoided when I take Valganciclovir?
What are the possible drug interactions of Valganciclovir?
How will Valganciclovir work in my body?
How should Valganciclovir be taken?
How to reduce the risk of Valganciclovir drug interactions and side effects?
The health and medical information provided here is intended to supplement and not substitute for the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacists or other health care professional. It should not be understood to indicate that the use of Valganciclovir is safe, appropriate or effective for you. Always consult your health care professional before using this, or any other, drug.
Active ingredients: Valganciclovir.