Zirgan

(ganciclovir)

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Treats eye herpes (herpetic keratitis).

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Zirgan (ganciclovir) is a first-choice medication for treating mild cases of herpes infections in the eye.

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Quick facts about Zirgan
  • Drug class: infection
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: No lower cost generic available

Upsides

  • Since Zirgan (ganciclovir) is used externally, there are fewer serious side effects.
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Downsides

  • Zirgan (ganciclovir) is expensive with no generic version.
  • You can't wear contact lenses while using Zirgan (ganciclovir).
  • Some people may find Zirgan (ganciclovir) inconvenient since it has to be used throughout the day, and even 1 week after the ulcers have healed.
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How it works

Zirgan (ganciclovir) is an antiviral for your eye that prevents the herpes virus from replicating.

Quick facts about Zirgan
  • Drug class: infection
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: No lower cost generic available

Used for

  • Herpetic keratitis

Dosage forms

  • Eye gel
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What to expect when you take Zirgan (ganciclovir) for Herpes of the eye (herpetic keratitis)

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  • Eye irritation
  • Blurry vision
  • Eye redness
  • Punctate keratitis (eye problem)
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Side effect rates for Zirgan (ganciclovir)

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    60%60%
  • Eye irritation
    20%20%
  • Punctate keratitis (eye problem)
    5%5%
  • Eye redness
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Risks and Warnings for Zirgan (ganciclovir)

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  • Zirgan (ganciclovir) should only be used in the eye. Make sure the tip of the container doesn't touch your eye or any other surfaces.

Common concerns from people taking Zirgan (ganciclovir)

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  • Zirgan (ganciclovir) can cause some eye discomfort. Blurry vision is common, but if you begin to have severe discomfort or can't see, let your doctor know immediately.