What is Valgan (Valganciclovir) used for?
Valgan (Valganciclovir) is an oral antiviral medication used to prevent cytomegalovirus (CMV) infections of the eye caused by acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) or an organ transplant from a donor infected with CMV. The medication prevents the viral cells from reproducing allowing the immune system to control the infection. It should be noted that this treatment will not cure CMV but will control the infection and prevent its spread. It is also not meant to treat patients born with this condition. Your physician may prescribe this medication to treat other unlisted conditions, as well.
How should I use Valgan (Valganciclovir)?
Valgan (Valganciclovir) is typically prescribed to be taken once or twice each day at a dosage of one tablet, but your individual instructions will be determined by your physician after observing your symptoms and health condition. These should be swallowed whole with a large glass of water along with a meal to prevent nausea. Never crush, split, or chew the tablets before use to prevent unintentionally destroying or changing the effects of their contents. Ask your pharmacist or physician any questions you have about the medication to ensure the correct usage.
What are the side effects of Valgan (Valganciclovir)?
Valgan (Valganciclovir) may cause side effects in some patients including:
More serious side effects that may need medical attention are swelling, trouble breathing, sensitive skin, irregular heartbeat, urinary retention, or seizures. Immediately tell your physician if you experience any of these conditions or any symptoms that worry you so that the correct adjustments can be made to your dosage to prevent more problems from occurring.
Do not begin using Valgan (Valganciclovir) if you have kidney failure, allergies to its ingredients, or if the patient is a child or adolescent. Also inform your physician if you have blood disorders, decreased liver or kidney function, or if you are undergoing radiotherapy treatment. These conditions may cause unexpected health problems during treatment requiring changes to your dosage.
Strictly follow all instructions provided to you by your physician or pharmacist while using Valgan (Valganciclovir). Optimum and safe dosage can differ based on the patient and the condition being treated.
As this medication may be unsafe for certain patients, it is essential you always inform your physician if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, as well as if you have any allergies, other illnesses, or ongoing health conditions, and if you are taking any other form of medication, supplements, or herbal products.
Immediately seek emergency medical care if you have an allergic or hypersensitive reaction. Common signs of a reaction include hives, swelling, skin rashes, chest pains, as well as trouble breathing or swallowing.