Vision issues are just one of the CMV retinitis symptoms that Valcyte may help with. Additionally, it can aid in preventing CMV infection in recipients of organ transplants.
Serious side effects of Valcyte can include seizures, low blood cell counts, and kidney issues. The dangers of taking Valcyte should be discussed with your doctor.
Before starting to take Valcyte and each time you get a refill, please read the Medication Guide and Patient Information Leaflet, if they are available from your pharmacist. Ask your physician or pharmacist if you have any questions.
Take this medication by mouth, usually twice daily, with or without food and as prescribed by your doctor. You should take this medication with food to avoid nausea. Try to take this medication every day at the same time.
Dosage and Preparation
Both an oral solution and a tablet form of Valcyte are offered. Regular dosage is two or three times per day, with or without food. Do not crush or chew the tablets; they must be taken whole.
Shake the bottle of the oral solution thoroughly before using it. Utilizing a measuring cup or dosing syringe, precisely measure the oral solution.
If you take vitamins, herbs, or other medications, Valcyte may interact with them. When a substance modifies how a drug functions, there is an interaction. This could be harmful or stop the medication from working properly.
Your doctor needs to carefully monitor all of your medications to help you avoid interactions. Tell your doctor about all of the drugs, vitamins, and herbal remedies you are taking. Speak with your doctor or pharmacist to learn how this medication may interact with other medications you are taking.
Mechanism of Action
By preventing the CMV virus from spreading, Valcyte functions. This lessens the symptoms of CMV infection and helps your body produce less CMV.
The gastrointestinal tract quickly and completely absorbs Valcyte. It is broken down in the liver and eliminated through the urine.
Valcyte has a half-life of around 8 hours.
Storage and stability
Valcyte needs to be kept between 20°C and 25°C, at room temperature. Keep in a container that is securely closed. Avoid freezing.
At room temperature, Valcyte oral solution is stable for 90 days. Valcyte oral solution must be used within 12 hours of mixing. After 12 hours, dispose of any leftovers.
At room temperature, Valcyte tablets remain stable for 30 days.