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Fluocinolone Acetonide Implant tablet

It is surgically placed in the eye to help treat swelling in the eye

Generic Name: fluocinolone ophthalmic

Brand Names: Retisert

What is this medicine?

FLUOCINOLONE INTRAVITREAL IMPLANT (floo oh SIN oh lone) is a corticosteroid. It is surgically placed in the eye to help treat swelling in the eye.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
  • any active infection
  • diabetes
  • an unusual or allergic reaction to fluocinolone, other corticosteroids, medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant
  • breast-feeding

How should I use this medicine?

The implant is surgically placed in the eye by a doctor. After the surgery, you should have regular follow up exams of both eyes.

What if I miss a dose?

This does not apply.

What may interact with this medicine?

Interactions are not expected. Do not use any other eye products without telling your doctor or health care professional.

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Visit your doctor or health care professional for regular checks on your progress. You will need to have your affected eye checked regularly following surgery.

Make sure to follow all of the instructions given to you by your health care provider after your surgery.

After surgery, you will most likely experience an immediate, but temporary, decrease in vision in the affected eye. This is likely a result of the procedure and should get better within one to four weeks. Contact your doctor or health care professional if your vision loss lasts longer than one month.

What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?

Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
  • eye pain, decreased or blurred vision that does not go away within a month of surgery
  • sign of infection in the eye

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

  • eye irritation, redness, swelling
  • watery eyes

Where should I keep my medicine?

The implant is only used during surgery. You will not store this medicine at home.

Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.

Last Updated: April 27, 2009
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