For people with active CMV retinitis, the usual dose is 900 mg twice a day with food for 21 days. After 21 days of treatment, or for people with inactive CMV retinitis, the dose is 900 mg once a day with food.
For people who have received a solid organ transplant, the recommended dose is 900 mg once daily with food starting within 10 days of transplantation and continued for 100 days after the transplantation.
If you have reduced kidney function, you may require a lower dose of valganciclovir, as recommended by your doctor.
If you are using the tablets, do not break or crush them. If you are using the oral solution, use the measuring device provided for accurate dosing. Shake the bottle well for about 5 seconds before each use.
If you accidentally get broken tablets or solution on your skin, wash the area thoroughly with soap and water. If you accidentally get broken tablets or solution in your eyes, rinse your eyes thoroughly with sterile or plain water.
Many things can affect the dose of medication that a person needs, such as body weight, other medical conditions, and other medications. If your doctor has recommended a dose different from the ones listed here, do not change the way that you are taking the medication without consulting your doctor.
It is important to take this medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor. The amount of virus in your blood may increase even if you stop your medication for a short time. If you miss a dose, take it as soon as possible and continue with your regular schedule. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one. If you are not sure what to do after missing a dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.
Store the tablets at room temperature, protect them from moisture, and keep them out of the reach of children.
Store the oral solution in the refrigerator and keep it out of the reach of children. Discard any solution that is not used within 49 days.
Do not dispose of medications in wastewater (e.g. down the sink or in the toilet) or in household garbage. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medications that are no longer needed or have expired.