Generic Name:Cidofovir

Vistide is a prescribed medication used for the treatment in reduction of viral cells in the body. It works as an antiviral drug and controls the viral cells from multiplying in the body. This drug is used with combination with probenecid to treat a certain viral eye infection retinitis due to cytomegalovirus or CMV in people with AIDS. It lowers your risk of blindness and other vision problems. It has the active ingredient of Cidofovir belongs to a class of drugs known as antivirals. It works by stopping the growth of the virus. This medicine is not a cure for CMV retinitis, and your disease may still worsen during and after treatment. Vistide is also used to treat an eye infection called cytomegalovirus retinitis (CMV) in pe

How to Use Vistide Injections

  • Before using, check this medication visually for particles or discoloration. If either is present, do not use the liquid.
  • This medication is given into a vein by a health care professional, usually over 1 hour. It is usually given every 1 to 2 weeks or as directed
  • Do not inject into a muscle or into the skin. Dosage is based on your medical condition, body weight, and response to treatment. You will usually receive IV fluids before your dose of Vistide.
  • To prevent kidney problems, drink plenty of fluids while taking this medicine.

Cautions before Use Vistide Injections

  • Do not inject into the eyes. Permanent loss of vision may occur.
  • If you are allergic to the active ingredient of the medicine or to other antivirals such as ganciclovir or to probenecid; or to other sulfa drugs such as sulfamethoxazole they you should not use this medicine.
  • Patients who have severe eye problems like diabetes, or ganciclovir eye implant, are advised to not to use this medicine.
  • People who are suffering from mild or moderate kidney disease cannot take this medicine.
  • This drug may cause vision changes. Do not drive, or use any heavy machinery to avoid accidents.
  • This medicine should be used during pregnancy as medical reports founded this drug harmful for the unborn child.
  • Vistide can affect fertility or ability to have children in men. If a man fathers a child while using this medication, the baby may have birth defects, thus it is suggested to have proper contraception before having any sex practices.

Vistide Injections Side Effects

The side effects which may arise due to the usage of Vistide are as follows:

  • Urinating less than usual or not at all
  • Fever, chills, body aches, flu symptoms;
  • Any change in your vision
  • Headache
  • Mild skin rash
  • Hair loss
  • Cough
  • Increased thirst and urination,
  • Loss of appetite, weakness, constipation
  • Nausea, vomiting
  • White patches or sores inside your mouth or on your lips;

Interactions and Overdose of Vistide Injections

This medicine may react with amphotericin B, foscarnet, pentamidine, vancomycin, aminoglycosides including tobramycin, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs-NSAIDs including ibuprofen. It should also be noticed on acyclovir, angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors, aminosalicylic acid, barbiturates like phenobarbital), benzodiazepines like triazolam, bumetanide, clofibrate, methotrexate, famotidine, furosemide, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs-NSAIDs such as ibuprofen, theophylline, zidovudine to avoid adverse interactions.

Symptoms of overdose of Vistide may include change in the amount of urine. These overdose situations may require medical support.


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