Brand Names : Cytovene, Cytovene-IV, DHPG
Ganciclovir (gan-SYE-kloe-vir) is an antiviral. It
is used to treat infections caused by viruses.
Ganciclovir is used to treat the symptoms of cytomegalovirus (CMV) infection
of the eyes in people whose immune system is not working fully. This includes
patients with acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS). Ganciclovir will
not cure this eye infection, but it may help to keep the symptoms from becoming
worse. It is also used to help prevent CMV infection in patients who receive
organ or bone marrow transplants, as well as in patients with advanced human
immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection. Ganciclovir may be used for other
serious CMV infections as determined by your doctor. However, it does not
work in treating certain viruses, such as the common cold or the flu.
This medicine may cause some serious side effects, including anemia and
other blood problems. Before you begin treatment with ganciclovir, you and
your doctor should talk about the good this medicine will do as well as the
risks of using it.
Ganciclovir is to be administered only by or under the supervision of your
doctor. It is available in the following dosage forms:
Capsules (U.S. and Canada)
Injection (U.S. and Canada)
Some commonly used brand names are:
In the U.S. -
In Canada -
Another commonly used name is DHPG