Neonatal Drug Therapy Manual


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Original Date: 
February 2010
Revised Date: 
March 2022
  • Treatment of congenital cytomegalovirus (CMV) infections
  • IV intermittent infusion: over 1 hour, preferably in a large peripheral vein or central vein
  • 10 - 12 mg/kg/day divided Q12H

Dosage adjustment required in renal impairment. Refer to available references or clinical pharmacist for dosage adjustment.

Side Effects: 
  • CVS: edema, arrhythmias, hypertension
  • GI: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea
  • Hematologic: neutropenia, thrombocytopenia, anemia
  • Hepatic: abnormal liver function tests
  • Local: pain and inflammation at injection site, phlebitis
  • Renal: hematuria, elevated urea and serum creatinine
Parameters to Monitor: 
  • CBC with differential, platelet count, serum creatinine, liver function tests
  • Blood pressure, urine output
Reconstitution and Stability: 

Reconstitution and Stability: 

• Ganciclovir 5 mg/mL syringe dispensed by pharmacy

• Ganciclovir 2.5 mg/mL syringe dispensed by pharmacy


- Solutions Compatible: D5W, 0.9% NaCl

Incompatible: TPN

  • Cytotoxic drug: consult corporate policy ADM V 250 (Cytotoxic and hazardous drug waste and spills) and Nursing Policy: Cytotoxic agents and hazardous drugs: safe handling, administration and disposal

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