Brand Names : Vitrasert
Ganciclovir (gan-SYE-kloe-veer) is an antiviral medicine that is used
in an implant that is inserted into the eye during surgery. The ganciclovir
implant is used to treat a serious condition called cytomegalovirus (CMV)
retinitis in persons who have acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS).
Ganciclovir will not cure this eye infection, but it may help to keep the
symptoms from becoming worse.
After your eye has used up all the medicine in the implant (generally within
5 to 8 months), the implant is removed by surgery and, at the same time, another
implant can be inserted.
The surgery, the implant containing this medicine, or the medicine itself
may cause some serious side effects, including detachment of the retina, formation
of a cataract, and eye infections. Before you receive
this implant, you and your doctor should talk about the good this medicine
and surgery will do as well as the risks involved.
This medicine is available only with your doctor's prescription, in the
following dosage form:
Intravitreal implant (eye implant) (U.S.)
Some commonly used brand names are:
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