Cytovene; Ganciclovir for Injection
- Your child may have anemia, low platelet counts, or low white blood cell counts. Change in dose or even stopping the drug may be needed if he/she has any of these side effects.
- This drug has caused cancer, fertility problems in males and females that could be long-lasting, and harm to unborn babies in animals. This drug may have the same effects in humans. Talk with the doctor.
- It is used to treat a viral infection of the eyes in people with immune system problems.
- It is used to prevent cytomegalovirus (CMV) disease after organ transplant.
- If your child has an allergy to this drug or any part of this drug.
- If your child is allergic to any drugs like this one or any other drugs, foods, or other substances. Tell the doctor about the allergy and what signs your child had, like rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.
- If your child has any of these health problems: Low white blood cell count or low platelet count.
- Tell dentists, surgeons, and other doctors that your child is using this drug.
- Have your child avoid tasks or actions that call for alertness until you see how this drug affects your child. These are things like riding a bike, playing sports, or using items such as scissors, lawnmowers, electric scooters, toy cars, or motorized vehicles.
- Get your child an eye exam as you have been told by the doctor.
- Have your child’s blood work checked often. Talk with your child’s doctor.
- Your child may have more chance of getting infections. Avoid crowds and people with infections, colds, or flu.
- Your child may bleed more easily. Make sure your child is careful and avoids injury. Be sure your child has a soft toothbrush.
- This drug is not a cure for CMV infections of the eye. Be sure your child stays under the care of the doctor.
- Use with care in children. Talk with the doctor.
If your child is or may be sexually active:
- Have your child use birth control to prevent pregnancy while taking this drug.
- If your child is a male and has sex with a female who could get pregnant, they must prevent pregnancy during care and for 3 months after care ends. They must use a condom.
If your child is pregnant or breast-feeding a baby:
- This drug may cause harm to the unborn baby if your child takes it during pregnancy.
- Talk with the doctor if your child is pregnant, becomes pregnant, or is breast-feeding a baby. You will need to talk about the benefits and risks of using this drug.
- Signs of an allergic reaction, like rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.
- Signs of infection like fever, chills, very bad sore throat, ear or sinus pain, cough, more sputum or change in color of sputum, pain with passing urine, mouth sores, or wound that will not heal.
- Any bruising or bleeding.
- Feeling very tired or weak.
- Sweating a lot.
- Change in thinking clearly and with logic.
- Not able to pass urine or change in how much urine is passed.
- Change in balance.
- Low mood (depression).
- Black, tarry, or bloody stools.
- A burning, numbness, or tingling feeling that is not normal.
- Very bad belly pain.
- Change in eyesight.
- Throwing up blood or throw up that looks like coffee grounds.
- Irritation where the shot is given.
- Feeling sleepy.
- Not hungry.
- Upset stomach or throwing up.
- Loose stools (diarrhea).
- To gain the most benefit, do not miss giving your child doses.
- It is given as a shot into a vein over a period of time.
- Have your child drink lots of noncaffeine liquids every day unless told to drink less liquid by your child’s doctor.
- Call your child’s doctor to find out what to do.
- This drug will be given to your child in a hospital or doctor’s office. You will not store it at home.
- If your child’s symptoms or health problems do not get better or if they become worse, call your child’s doctor.
- Do not share your child’s drug with others and do not give anyone else’s drug to your child.
- Keep a list of all your child’s drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your child’s doctor.
- Talk with your child’s doctor before giving your child any new drug, including prescription or OTC, natural products, or vitamins.
- Keep all drugs in a safe place. Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
- Check with your pharmacist about how to throw out unused drugs.
- Some drugs may have another patient information leaflet. If you have any questions about this drug, please talk with your child’s doctor, nurse, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
- If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.
If you have any questions or concerns, talk with a member of your healthcare team. You can reach them Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm at ____________________. After 5:00 pm, during the weekend, and on holidays, please call____________________. If there’s no number listed, or you’re not sure, call 212-639-2000.
Ganciclovir (Systemic)©2015 Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center - Generated on November 26, 2015