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Ganciclovir Prescription
Generic Name: ganciclovir ophthalmic (gan SYE klo veer off THAL mik)
Brand Name: Vitrasert, Zirgan
Physician reviewed ganciclovir ophthalmic patient information - includes ganciclovir ophthalmic description, dosage and directions.
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Ganciclovir Drug Information:

Ganciclovir is an antiviral drug. It slows the growth and spread of the cytomegalovirus. Ganciclovir ophthalmic (for the eyes) is used to treat certain viral infections affecting the eyes. Ganciclovir implant (Vitrasert) is used to treat cytomegalovirus (CMV) infection of the eye. This infection usually occurs in patients who have suppressed immune systems such as patients with AIDS and organ transplant patients. Ganciclovir gel (Zirgan) is used to treat eye ulcers caused by the herpes simplex virus. Learn more

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Ganciclovir Side Effects

For the Consumer

Applies to ganciclovir ophthalmic: ophthalmic gel/jelly

Along with its needed effects, ganciclovir ophthalmic may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.

Check with your doctor immediately if any of the following side effects occur while taking ganciclovir ophthalmic:

More common

  • Blurred vision
  • red, sore eyes

Less common

  • Painful irritation of the clear front part of the eye
  • redness of the white part of eyes or inside of the eyelids

For Healthcare Professionals

Applies to ganciclovir ophthalmic: intraocular implant, ophthalmic gel


The following side effects are for the ophthalmic gel only; if available, the manufacturer product information for the intraocular implant should be consulted for additional information.


Very common (10% or more): Blurred vision (60%), eye irritation (20%), transient burning/stinging sensations

Common (1% to 10%): Punctate keratitis, conjunctival hyperemia

Editorial References and Review

Medically reviewed by USARx EDITORIAL TEAM Last updated on 1/27/2021.

Source: Drugs.com Ganciclovir (www.drugs.com/mtm/ganciclovir-ophthalmic.html).