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Valganciclovir is employed in the treatment of cytomegalovirus (CMV) retinitis, an eye infection that can lead to blindness in individuals diagnosed with acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS). It is additionally used as a preventive measure against cytomegalovirus (CMV) disease for recipients of heart, kidney, or kidney-pancreas transplants who are at risk of developing CMV disease. Valganciclovir is classified as an antiviral medication, functioning by inhibiting the progression of CMV disease or retarding the growth of the CMV virus.

Uses and Dosage

Take this medication orally with food as directed by your doctor, typically 1 to 2 times daily. Swallow the tablets whole; do not crush or break them.

If you’re using the liquid form of this medication, shake the bottle well before each dose. Accurately measure your dose using the provided special measuring device, not a household spoon, as it may lead to an incorrect dose.

After handling this drug, ensure you wash your hands thoroughly. Avoid contact with crushed or broken tablets and the liquid form of this medication on your skin, mucous membranes, eyes, and prevent inhaling dust from the tablets. If contact occurs, cleanse the area thoroughly with soap and water. In case of contact with your eyes, rinse them extensively with plain water.

The dosage and duration of treatment depend on your medical condition, especially kidney function. In children, the dose is also determined by their body size. The doctor will monitor your child’s height and weight to ensure the correct dosage.

This medication is most effective when it maintains a constant level in your body. Administer it at evenly spaced intervals, and to help remember, take it at the same time(s) daily.

Adhere to your doctor’s prescription precisely. Do not alter the dosage or discontinue the medication, even briefly, unless your doctor instructs you to do so. Changing or skipping doses without your doctor’s consent may heighten the risk of side effects or exacerbate the infection.

Do not substitute ganciclovir for valganciclovir without consulting your doctor or pharmacist. The effects and dosages of ganciclovir and valganciclovir are not equivalent.

Side Effects

Some side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention:

  • diarrhea
  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • pain, tenderness, or swelling of the abdomen
  • eye pain
  • constipation
  • headache
  • weight loss
  • back, joint, or muscle pain
  • mouth ulcers
  • depression
  • anxiety

Inform your healthcare provider immediately if you experience any serious side effects:

  • seeing specks, flashes of light, or a dark curtain over everything
  • decreased urination
  • blood in urine
  • vision problems
  • swelling of the hands, arms, feet, ankles, or lower legs
  • hives
  • rash
  • itching
  • yellowing of skin or eyes; loss of appetite; dark urine; and/or light-colored bowel movements
  • unintentional trembling or shaking movements
  • numbness, pain, burning, or tingling in the hands or feet
  • seizures


Before initiating valganciclovir, inform your doctor or pharmacist of any allergies you have, particularly if you are allergic to valganciclovir, ganciclovir, acyclovir, or any other substances in the medication. Inactive ingredients in this product may provoke allergic reactions or other complications.

Prior to commencing this medication, discuss your medical history with your doctor or pharmacist, particularly if you have a history of kidney problems, low blood cell counts, or if you’ve had radiation treatment.

This medication may induce dizziness or drowsiness. The use of alcohol or marijuana can intensify these sensations. Do not engage in activities requiring alertness, such as driving or operating machinery, until you can do so safely.

Valganciclovir can heighten your susceptibility to infections or exacerbate existing ones. Avoid close contact with individuals who may transmit easily spread infections. If you have been exposed to an infection or need further information, consult your doctor.

Inform your healthcare provider that you are using valganciclovir before undergoing any immunizations or vaccinations. Steer clear of individuals who have recently received live vaccines (like the nasal spray flu vaccine).

To reduce the risk of cuts, bruises, or injuries, exercise caution with sharp objects such as razors and nail clippers, and consider avoiding contact sports.

Older adults may have an elevated risk of kidney problems when using this drug.

Pregnant women or those planning to become pregnant should refrain from handling this medication.

During pregnancy, use this medication only when absolutely necessary, as it may pose a risk to an unborn baby. Discuss the potential risks and benefits with your doctor. Women of childbearing age should undergo a pregnancy test prior to initiating this medication. To prevent pregnancy, men with female partners should consistently use effective barrier protection (e.g., latex or polyurethane condoms) during all sexual activity while on treatment and for at least 90 days after discontinuation. Women of childbearing age using valganciclovir should employ reliable forms of birth control (such as birth control pills and condoms) during treatment and for at least 30 days after stopping the medication. Consult your doctor for further guidance.

It is uncertain whether this medication passes into breast milk. Due to potential risks to the infant, it is not recommended to breastfeed while taking this medication.

If you have HIV, avoid breastfeeding, as breast milk can transmit the virus.

Form and Strength

Valcyte is available in the following forms and strengths:

  • valganciclovir tablet:

    • 450mg


Is Valcyte an immunosuppressant?

No, Valcyte isn’t an immunosuppressant. But your provider will most likely prescribe Valcyte along with medications that are immunosuppressants after a transplant to prevent a CMV infection.

How long can you take Valcyte?

The usual dose is 900 mg (two 450 mg tablets) once daily with food, starting within 10 days post transplantation until 100 days post transplantation.



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