FOMIVIRSEN (Vitravene™) is an antiviral agent. Fomivirsen is used to treat cytomegalovirus (CMV) retinitis (viral eye infection) in patients with acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS). Fomivirsen is not a cure. Other regions of the body can be affected by CMV and require additional treatment.
NOTE:This drug is discontinued in the United States.
They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
an unusual or allergic reaction to fomivirsen, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
pregnant or trying to get pregnant
Fomivirsen injections are injected into the eye. It is given by a health care professional in a hospital or clinic setting.
If you can not keep a scheduled appointment to receive your injection, contact your healthcare professional.
No interactions with other medicines have been observed with fomivirsen intravitreal injection.
Tell your prescriber or health care professional about all other medicines you are taking, including non-prescription medicines, nutritional supplements, or herbal products. Also tell your prescriber or health care professional if you are a frequent user of drinks with caffeine or alcohol, if you smoke, or if you use illegal drugs. These may affect the way your medicine works. Check with your health care professional before stopping or starting any of your medicines.
Visit your prescriber or health care professional for regular checks on your progress. Have your eyes checked regularly. Tell your prescriber or health care professional as soon as you can if you get any other infection or swelling in the eyes.
Side effects that you should report to your doctor as soon as possible:
bleeding in the eye
loss of appetite
loss of vision
prolonged change in vision
swelling and inflammation of the eye
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor if they continue or are bothersome):
flashing or sparkling before your eyes
increased sensitivity of the eyes to light
Each dose of fomivirsen will be administered in the office of a health-care professional. You will not be given fomivirsen doses to store at home.