Basic Information On Valcyte
Valcyte is an antiviral medicine. It helps in preventing viral cells from getting multiplied in the body. Valcyte is used for the treatment of cytomegalovirus, though it is not a cure for the infection. Valcyte is used in the treatment of patients suffering from AIDS. It also helps in preventing cytomegalovirus infection in patients who have undergone an organ transplant (like heart, kidney or kidney-pancreas). If you are advised by your doctor to switch from ganciclovir (Cytovene) to Valcyte, you should remember that the 2 medicines have different strengths. Valcyte contains more medicine than a ganciclovir. Also, remember that an overdose of Valcyte can cause serious illness.
Precautions/Side Effects For Valcyte
You must never take Valcyte (Valganciclovir) and ganciclovir (Cytovene) together. Your dosage may change when you switch from ganciclovir (Cytovene) to brand or generic Valcyte. Remember not to take an overdose of the Valcyte drug, as it can be harmful for you. Taking brand or generic Valcyte during pregnancy can lead to birth defects in the child. Therefore, make sure that you do not get pregnant while using this medicine.
Valganciclovir can cause lowering of blood cells in the body that help in controlling bleeding and fighting infection. Therefore, while taking this medicine you should get your blood tested regularly. You should contact your care provider immediately, if you experience bleeding or any signs of infection like chills, fever, flu and body aches.
You should take Valcyte tablets with food. If you are taking it in the form of oral solution, 50 mg/ml of the solution should be prepared by the pharmacist before giving it to you. It is advisable that adult patients take the tablets and not the oral solution. For patients suffering from CMV Retinitis, the recommended dosage is 900 mg (two 450 mg tablets) to be taken twice a day for twenty one days. After the initial dose, the recommended maintenance dosage is 900 mg (two 450 mg tablets) to be taken once a day. The recommended dosage for adult patients, who have undergone a heart, kidney or kidney-pancreas transplant, is 900 mg (two 450 mg tablets) to be taken once a day. This treatment has to be started within ten days of transplantation until 100 days post-transplantation.
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