Neonatal Drug Therapy Manual


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Alternate Name(s): 
Original Date: 
February 2016
  • Treatment of congenital cytomegalovirus (CMV) disease
  • PO
  • 16 mg/kg/dose PO Q12h
Side Effects: 
  • CVS: edema, hyper/hypotension
  • Endocrine & Metabolic: dehydration, hyperglycemia, hypo/hyperkalemia, hypomagnesemia, hypophosphatemia
  • GI: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea
  • Hematologic: anemia, neutropenia, thrombocytopenia
  • Hepatic: ascitis
  • Renal: elevated urea and serum creatinine
Parameters to Monitor: 
  • CBC with differential, platelet count
  • serum creatinine
Reconstitution and Stability: 
  • Prepared by pharmacy.  Store oral solution in refrigerator
  • N/A
  • 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
  • Kimberlin DW, Jester PM, Sanchez PJ, Ahmed A, Arav-Boger R, Michaels MG et al.  Valganciclovir for Symptomatic Congenital Cytomegalovirus Disease.  N Engl J Med 2015; 372: 933-943

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