How To Use This Medicine
Take ganciclovir exactly as directed by your doctor. If you do not understand
these directions, ask your pharmacist, nurse, or doctor to explain them to you.
Take each oral dose with a full glass of water. Take each oral dose with food to increase
the absorption of the drug in your body. Your healthcare provider will administer
injectable ganciclovir as an intravenous (into a vein) infusion.
If you are injecting ganciclovir at home, your healthcare provider will give you
detailed instructions on how and where to inject the medication. If you do not
understand these directions, do not attempt to inject the medication. Contact your
healthcare provider for further instructions.
Do not use any ganciclovir that is discolored, has particles in it, or looks different
from your previous doses. Throw away any unused ganciclovir after the amount of
time determined by your pharmacist or doctor.
Take all of the ganciclovir that has been prescribed for you even if you begin to
feel better. Your symptoms may start to improve before the infection is
completely treated. Your doctor may want you to have blood tests, eye exams, or
other evaluations during treatment with ganciclovir to monitor progress and side effects.
Store oral ganciclovir at room temperature away from moisture and heat.
Dispose of used needles and syringes in a puncture resistant
container out of the reach of children.
Your healthcare provider will store injectable ganciclovir as directed by the manufacturer
or give you detailed storage instructions if you are storing the medication at home.