What is Ganciclovir?

Category: Prescription Drugs

Most popular types: Cytovene


Ganciclovir is an antiviral agent. Given intravenously it is used to treat CMV retinitis in the immunocompromised and to prevent CMV infection in transplant patients. Orally it is used for maintenance treatment of CMV. It has also been used in combination with foscarnet.

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 0
Moderate 1
Mild 1
None 2

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Ganciclovir

Side effect Patients
Chronic constipation 1

Why patients stopped taking Ganciclovir

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Course of treatment ended 7
Doctor's advice 1
Other 1
Side effects too severe 1
See all 9 patients who've stopped taking Ganciclovir


Stopped taking Ganciclovir

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 3
1 - 6 months 4
6 months - 1 year 1
5 - 10 years 1
Adherence Evaluations
Always 4
Usually 0
Sometimes 0
Never taken as prescribed 0
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 0
Somewhat hard to take 1
A little hard to take 1
Not at all hard to take 2
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 0
< $25 2
Not specified 2

What people switch to and from

Patients stopped taking Ganciclovir and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Valganciclovir (Valcyte) 1
Last updated:
There are no evaluations for Ganciclovir.