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Zirgan

Generic Name: ganciclovir ophthalmic (gan SYE klo veer off THAL mik)
Brand Names: Vitrasert, Zirgan
Zirgan is used to treat eye ulcers caused by the herpes simplex virus. Learn about side effects, interactions and indications.
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Drug Information:
Zirgan (Ganciclovir) is an antiviral drug. It slows the growth and spread of the cytomegalovirus (CMV). Zirgan ophthalmic gel is used to treat eye ulcers caused by the herpes simplex virus. Zirgan is not a cure for CMV or herpes. This medication will not treat symptoms of these infections in any other part of the body. Zirgan may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide. You should not use Zirgan if you are allergic to Ganciclovir or Acyclovir (Zovirax). Zirgan is not a cure for cytomegalovirus or herpes. This medication will not treat symptoms of these infections in any other part of the body. Learn more

Zirgan Side Effects

Zirgan Side Effects

Note: This document contains side effect information about ganciclovir ophthalmic. Some of the dosage forms listed on this page may not apply to the brand name Zirgan.

For the Consumer

Applies to ganciclovir ophthalmic: ophthalmic gel/jelly

Along with its needed effects, ganciclovir ophthalmic (the active ingredient contained in Zirgan) 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

General

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.

Ocular

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 1/1/2020.

Source: Drugs.com Zirgan (www.drugs.com/zirgan.html).