ganciclovir implant - intraocular, Vitrasert
GENERIC NAME: GANCICLOVIR IMPLANT - INTRAOCULAR (gan-SYE-klo-veer)
BRAND NAME(S): Vitrasert
USES: This medication is used in patients with AIDS (acquired immunodeficiency syndrome) to treat a serious infection of the eye called CMV (cytomegalovirus) retinitis. It works by stopping the growth of the virus. This medication is not a cure for CMV retinitis, but it helps to slow the course of the disease, which can lead to visual changes or loss of vision.
HOW TO USE: This medication is inserted into the affected eye(s) by a surgeon. Follow all instructions on what to do before and after surgery. The implant is designed to slowly release the medication into the eye over 5 to 8 months. The doctor will decide when the implant will need to be replaced.Tell your doctor if your condition does not improve, if it worsens, or if you have signs of the CMV affecting other parts of the body (e.g., cough, fever, shortness of breath, stomach/abdominal pain, diarrhea, leg pain/weakness, headaches, confusion).
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