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ganciclovir oral

Does ganciclovir oral have side effects?

The following side effects are associated with ganciclovir oral:

Common side effects of ganciclovir oral:

Fever caused by Administration of a DrugSevere
Low Level of Granulocytes in the BloodSevere
Excessive SweatingLess Severe
Loss of AppetiteLess Severe
DiarrheaLess Severe
Decreased White Blood CellsLess Severe

Infrequent side effects of ganciclovir oral:

Kidney DiseaseSevere
Inflammation of Skin caused by an AllergySevere
Mental ImpairmentSevere
Abnormal Liver Function TestsSevere
Reaction due to an AllergySevere
Inflammation of a VeinSevere
Decreased Blood PlateletsSevere
Mood ChangesSevere
Disease of the NervesLess Severe
ItchingLess Severe
ChillsLess Severe
Throwing UpLess Severe

Rare side effects of ganciclovir oral:

Bacterial Infection of Blood or Tissues affecting the Whole BodySevere
Problems with EyesightSevere
Multiple Organ FailureSevere
High Blood PressureSevere
Complete Stoppage of the HeartSevere
Abnormal Heart RhythmSevere
Lung FibrosisSevere
Stevens-Johnson SyndromeSevere
Muscle WeaknessSevere
Trouble BreathingSevere
Chest PainSevere
Life Threatening Allergic ReactionSevere
A Rupture in the Wall of the Stomach or IntestineSevere
Acquired Decrease of All Cells in the BloodSevere
DepressionLess Severe
Abnormal DreamsLess Severe
Ringing in the EarsLess Severe
Widening of Blood VesselsLess Severe
Dry MouthLess Severe
Canker SoreLess Severe
IndigestionLess Severe
Incomplete or Infrequent Bowel MovementsLess Severe
Hair LossLess Severe
Dry SkinLess Severe
Joint PainLess Severe
Muscle PainLess Severe
Leg CrampsLess Severe
DrowsinessLess Severe
DizzyLess Severe
Chronic Trouble SleepingLess Severe
Taste ProblemsLess Severe
Visible Water RetentionLess Severe
Weight LossLess Severe
Head PainLess Severe
CoughLess Severe
Feel Like Throwing UpLess Severe
Stomach CrampsLess Severe
Signs and Symptoms at Injection SiteLess Severe
Feeling WeakLess Severe
Not Feeling WellLess Severe
ConfusedLess Severe
AnxiousLess Severe

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