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Fluocinolone Acetonide Implant tablet
Generic Name: fluocinolone ophthalmic | Brand Name: Retisert
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.
This medicine may be used for other purposes; ask your health care provider or pharmacist if you have questions.
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
- an unusual or allergic reaction to fluocinolone, other corticosteroids, medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
- pregnant or trying to get pregnant
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.
Overdosage: If you think you have taken too much of this medicine contact a poison control center or emergency room at once.
NOTE: This medicine is only for you. Do not share this medicine with others.
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.
This list may not describe all possible interactions. Give your health care provider a list of all the medicines, herbs, non-prescription drugs, or dietary supplements you use. Also tell them if you smoke, drink alcohol, or use illegal drugs. Some items may interact with your medicine.
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
This list may not describe all possible side effects. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
Where should I keep my medicine?The implant is only used during surgery. You will not store this medicine at home.
NOTE:This sheet is a summary. It may not cover all possible information. If you have questions about this medicine, talk to your doctor, pharmacist, or health care provider.
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.