Before Using This Medicine
Valganciclovir (Valcyte) and ganciclovir
(Cytovene®) must never be taken together. If your doctor switched you from
ganciclovir (Cytovene®) to valganciclovir (Valcyte®), the number of pills you
use each day may change. To avoid overdosage, take only as many valganciclovir tablets
as your doctor has prescribed.
Using valganciclovir while you are pregnant may cause harm to the unborn baby. If
a man fathers a child while using this medication, the baby may have birth defects.
Use an effective form of birth control while you are using valganciclovir.
If you are a man, use a condom to prevent pregnancy during your treatment. Continue
using condoms for at least 90 days after you stop using valganciclovir.
Do not use a
tablet that has been accidentally broken. The medicine from a crushed or broken tablet
can be dangerous if it gets in your eyes, mouth, or nose, or on your skin. If you must
handle a broken tablet, ask your doctor or pharmacist how to handle and dispose of the
Valganciclovir can lower the blood cells in your body that control bleeding and help
you fight infection. Your blood will need to be tested on a regular basis. It is
important that you not miss any scheduled visits to your doctor. Contact your doctor
right away if you have any bleeding or signs of infection (fever, chills, body aches,
or flu symptoms).