Medications


Valganciclovir Oral Solution

Brands: Valcyte

Uses

For treating viral infections.

Instructions

Drink the medicine.

Measure the dose of liquid medicine carefully. Use the measuring device that comes with the medicine. If you do not have one, please ask your pharmacist for help.

Keep the medicine in its original container.

Take the medicine with food.

It is very important that you take the medicine at about the same time every day. It will work best if you do this.

Keep the medicine in the refrigerator. Do not freeze.

Shake the bottle well before using the medicine.

Discard any unused medicine after 7 weeks.

It is important that you keep taking each dose of this medicine on time even if you are feeling well.

If you forget to take a dose on time, take it as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for the next dose, do not take the missed dose. Return to your normal dosing schedule. Do not take 2 doses of this medicine at one time.

Drug interactions can change how medicines work or increase risk for side effects. Tell your health care providers about all medicines taken. Include prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal medicines. Speak with your doctor or pharmacist before starting or stopping any medicine.

Do not suddenly stop taking this medicine. Check with your doctor before stopping.

Keep all appointments for medical exams and tests while on this medicine.

Cautions

Wear disposable gloves when handling this medicine.

Always wash your hands after handling this medicine.

Tell your doctor and pharmacist if you ever had an allergic reaction to a medicine.

Some patients on this medicine have developed severe, life-threatening infections. Please speak with your doctor about the risks and benefits of using this medicine.

This medicine may increase the risk of cancer. Ask your doctor about the benefits and risks.

There is an increased risk of bleeding while on this medicine, please tell your doctor or nurse if you notice any excessive bleeding or bruising.

It is very important that you carefully measure the amount of medicine you take. Your healthcare provider or pharmacist should show you the correct way to measure this medicine.

Do not use the medication any more than instructed.

Your ability to stay alert or to react quickly may be impaired by this medicine. Do not drive or operate machinery until you know how this medicine will affect you.

Please check with your doctor before drinking alcohol while on this medicine.

This medicine may reduce your body's ability to fight infections. Avoid contact with people with colds, flu or other infections. Contact your doctor if you develop fever, cough, sore throat, or chills.

Speak with your health care provider before receiving any vaccinations.

Do not breastfeed while on this medicine.

Do not use this medicine if you are pregnant. If you become pregnant while on this medicine, contact your doctor immediately.

Women must use reliable forms of birth control while taking this medicine and for 1 month after stopping to prevent pregnancy.

Men should use reliable birth control while taking this medicine and for 90 days after stopping to prevent pregnancy.

Women who are pregnant or in their childbearing years should not touch or handle this medicine. This medicine can be absorbed through the woman's skin and harm the unborn baby.

Do not share this medicine with anyone who has not been prescribed this medicine.

Side Effects

The following is a list of some common side effects from this medicine. Please speak with your doctor about what you should do if you experience these or other side effects.

  • agitated feeling or trouble sleeping
  • diarrhea
  • dizziness or drowsiness
  • fever
  • headaches
  • nausea
  • shakiness
  • stomach upset or abdominal pain
  • unsteadiness while walking

Call your doctor or get medical help right away if you notice any of these more serious side effects:

  • bleeding or bruising
  • changes in memory, mood, or thinking
  • confusion
  • coughing up blood or vomit that looks like coffee grounds
  • nosebleeds
  • high fever
  • hallucinations (unusual thoughts, seeing or hearing things that are not real)
  • signs of kidney damage (such as change in urine color or bubbly urine)
  • pale or blue skin, lips or fingernails
  • seizures
  • dark, tarry stool
  • unusual or unexplained tiredness or weakness

A few people may have an allergic reaction to this medicine. Symptoms can include difficulty breathing, skin rash, itching, swelling, or severe dizziness. If you notice any of these symptoms, seek medical help quickly.

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Please speak with your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist if you have any questions about this medicine.

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