What is Valcyte 450 mg Tablet?
Valcyte 450 mg Tablet contains the active ingredient Valganciclovir. In the body valganciclovir quickly changes to ganciclovir. It belongs to a group of medicines used to prevent the growth of viruses. Valcyte acts against a virus called Cytomegalovirus or CMV (a type of herpes virus). It prevents the virus from growing and multiplying in the body. It causes infections, especially in people with poor immunity. Poor immunity can be caused by HIV/AIDS or by medications taken after an organ transplant. It is used to treat CMV eye infections (known as CMV retinitis) in AIDS patients which if left untreated can cause blindness. It does not cure cytomegalovirus eye infection but treatment can reduce the symptoms and problems.
What are Valganciclovir drugs and their function?
Valganciclovir is sold under the brand name Valcyte. It is manufactured in Switzerland by Roche Products India Private Limited. Valganciclovir is an antiviral prescription medicine for the treatment of cytomegalovirus retinitis in adults with AIDS. It is used for the prevention of disease in recipients of organ transplants who are at risk of CMV disease. CMV diseases, including retinitis, can be an infection caused by HIV. An infection that occurs more frequently or is more severe in people with weakened immune systems. It will not cure eye infections but it may help to keep the symptoms from becoming worse.
How does Cytomegalovirus develop?
CMV is a part of the family of herpes viruses. Once you are infected with CMV, it stays in your body for the rest of your life. It stays inactive in healthy people but It becomes active again especially if you get a disease or take medicine that weakens your immune system. You can get an infection again with different strains of the virus. Cytomegalovirus is also known as CMV. It is a common virus that infects people of all ages. More than half of adults become infected with CMV by age 40. Most people with CMV infection have no symptoms. It causes health problems for some people with weak immune systems, babies before or at birth with their mother. There is no cure for CMV, but medicines can help to treat this infection in newborns and people with weak immune systems.
Symptoms of Cytomegalovirus may include:
Chills or sweats
Valcyte comes as a capsule, as a tablet, and as an oral solution to take by mouth. It is usually taken with food once or twice a day. Take it around the same time every day. Before taking medicine consult your doctor. Dose and duration will be decided by the necessity and need of the patient. It depends on the treatment and may change from time to time. You should take medicine as per your doctor’s advice. This medicine is strictly not recommended for children, pregnant women, and breastfeeding mothers. It takes some weeks and months to get a better result. Do not stop taking the medicine before your doctor’s advice.
The common side effects of this medicine include fever, diarrhea, vomiting, anemia, low white blood cell, and low platelet level. Inform your doctor if these side effects remain for a long time. Your doctor should prevent and give relief from these side effects. You may feel better.
The benefit of Valcyte 450 mg Tablet
- In the treatment of Cytomegalovirus infection
Cytomegalovirus is a common virus infection that may have no symptoms at all or may have symptoms like fever and fatigue. Severe infection may show symptoms involving the eyes, brain, or other internal organs. The virus is spread through sexual and nonsexual contact with body fluids in people who have a weak immune system or those who have undergone a transplant. Valcyte 450 mg Tablet helps to prevent the multiplication of the infection-causing virus and treats the infection. Take your dose on a scheduled basis unless your doctor does not tell you.
Side effects of Valcyte 450 mg Tablet
Here are Some major and minor side effects of this medicine. But not all side effects need a doctor’s attention. If you observe any side effects become serious, You may consult your doctor.
Some of the common side effects of this medicine include:
Shortness of breath
Abdominal and stomach pain
Nausea and vomiting
Swelling of legs
Decreased urine output
How to take a Valcyte 450 mg Tablet?
Valcyte 450 mg Tablet comes as a tablet and solutions take by mouth. It is taken with food. The recommended dose is 900 mg. It is divided into two doses of 450 mg twice a day for 21 days. Always take this medicine as per your doctor’s consultation. Dose and duration will decide your doctor. You are not allowed to crush, chew and break the medicine. Swallow it as a whole. Drink plenty of water. Do not miss the dose. If you miss a dose skip the missed dose and follow your schedule regularly on the next day. Do not double the dose. Take medicine every day on time as prescribed by your doctor. Much other medicine can affect this medicine so let your doctor know all medication you are using during the treatment.
How does a Valcyte 450 mg Tablet work?
Valcyte is quickly converted to ganciclovir by the liver enzymes after entering your body. Ganciclovir prevents virus growth by inhibiting viral DNA growth. It prevents its multiplication and spreading.