What is Valcyte?
Valcyte® (valganciclovir hydrochloride) is an antiviral medicine that helps prevent cytomegalovirus (CMV).*
How should I take Valcyte?
- Take Valcyte exactly as your doctor prescribes it
- Adult patients should use Valcyte tablets, not Valcyte for oral solution
- Take Valcyte with food
- Do not break or crush tablets
How long will I need to take Valcyte?
Your doctor prescribed Valcyte for the length of time needed to help prevent CMV disease based on the type of transplant you have received.
- Adult heart or kidney-pancreas transplant patients may take Valcyte for up to 100 days after transplant. Adult kidney transplant patients may take Valcyte for up to 200 days after transplant
- Pediatric kidney transplant patients may take Valcyte starting within 10 days of transplantation and continue until 100 days post-transplantation. Pediatric heart transplant patients may take Valcyte starting within 10 days after transplantation and continue until 200 days post-transplantation
My healthcare provider said my dose of Valcyte may go up or down. Why?
The dose of Valcyte is based on a laboratory measurement of how well your kidneys are working (kidney function). No matter what type of transplant you have received, your kidney function may change after your transplant. For this reason, your healthcare provider may schedule follow-up laboratory tests to monitor your dose of Valcyte and change your dosage if necessary.
What are the most common side effects from Valcyte?
Common side effects of Valcyte in adults and children include:
- Shaky movements (tremors)
- Low blood cell counts in a blood test
- Rejection of the transplanted organ (graft)
Common side effects specifically in children include:
- High blood pressure
- Cough and colds
Call your healthcare provider if you experience side effects or if you have questions about your Valcyte medicine. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or to Genentech at 1-888-835-2555.