Each gram of gel contains 1.5 mg of ganciclovir.
Excipients with known effect: Benzalkonium chloride (see Precautions).
Excipients/Inactive Ingredients: carbomer (carbopol 974P), sorbitol, sodium hydroxide, benzalkonium chloride and purified water.
VIRGAN 1.5 mg/g, eye gel is an eye drops solution containing an antiviral agent called ganciclovir.
It is indicated in the treatment of certain superficial and viral eye infections (cornea).
Dosage: Always use VIRGAN 1.5 mg/g, eye gel exactly as instructed by the doctor. Check with the doctor or pharmacist if not sure. The usual dose is 1 drop 3 to 5 times daily.
Children: the use of this eye gel in children before 18 years is not recommended.
Method of administration: This medicine is intended to be administered into the eye (ocular use).
1. Wash the hands thoroughly before using the product, 2. Gently squeeze the tube to release a drop into the affected eye, while looking upwards and pulling the lower eyelid down, 3. Close the tube after use.
Between the applications, the tube should be placed vertically with the tip pointing downwards in the base provided with the pack.
Duration of treatment: The treatment should not usually exceed 21 days.
If the patient forgets to use VIRGAN 1.5 mg/g, eye gel: Do not take a double dose to make up for a for gotten dose.
For any further questions on the use of this product, ask the doctor or pharmacist.
Continue the treatment as instructed by the doctor.
Immediately contact the doctor or the pharmacist.
DO NOT use VIRGAN 1.5 mg/g, eye gel: If the patient is allergic (hypersensitive) to ganciclovir or any of the other ingredients of VIRGAN 1.5 mg/g, eye gel.
During pregnancy and breast-feeding, unless instructed otherwise by the doctor.
In men and women of childbearing age not using a method of birth control.
Moreover, men treated by VIRGAN 1.5 mg/g, eye gel are advised to use a local method of contraception (such as a condom) for three months after the end of the treatment.
Take special care with VIRGAN 1.5 mg/g, eye gel: In the absence of any specific study, use in children aged under 18 year is not recommended.
Do not swallow.
Keep out of the reach and sight of children.
Avoid touching the eye or eyelids with the tip of the dropper.
Benzalkonium chloride may cause eye irritation.
Contact lenses wearing: Avoid contact with soft contact lenses. Remove contact lenses prior to application and wait at least 15 minutes before reinsertion. VIRGAN 1.5 mg/g, eye gel contains benzalkonium chloride which is known to discolor soft contact lenses.
Driving and using machines: The patient may experience temporary visual disturbances after ocular administration of the product. Wait until normal vision returns before driving a vehicle or using any machine.
This medicine should not be used during pregnancy and breast-feeding, except where instructed otherwise by the doctor.
See the doctor immediately if the patient wishes to become pregnant or if the patient discovers that she is pregnant during treatment. The doctor is the only one able to adjust the treatment.
Ask the doctor or pharmacist for advice before taking any medicine.
Like all medicines, VIRGAN 1.5 mg/g, eye gel can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them: Eye disorders: Very common: may affect more than 1 in 10 people: Transient burning or stinging sensations, eye irritation, blurred vision.
Common: may affect up to 1 in 10 people: Inflammation of the cornea (superficial punctuate keratitis), redness of the conjunctiva (conjunctival hyperaemia).
Reporting of side effects: If the patient gets any side effects, talk to the doctor or pharmacist. This includes any possible side effects not listed. The patient can also report side effects directly via the national reporting system. By reporting side effects, the patient can help provide more information on the safety of this medicine.
If the patient is using any other medicine to be applied in the eye, he/she should: 1. apply the other ophthalmic medicine, 2. wait for 15 minutes, 3. apply VIRGAN 1.5 mg/g, eye gel last.
Please tell the doctor or pharmacist if the patient is taking or has recently taken any other medicines, including medicines obtained without a prescription.
Medicines should not be disposed of via wastewater or household waste. Ask the pharmacist how to dispose of medicines no longer required. These measures will help to protect the environment.
After opening, the tube should not be kept for more than 4 weeks.
S01AD09 - ganciclovir ; Belongs to the class of antiinfectives, antivirals. Used in the treatment of eye infections.
Eye gel (tube) 1.5 mg/g x 5 g.