Fluocinolone acetonide (Into the eye)

Introduction

Fluocinolone Acetonide (floo-oh-SIN-oh-lone a-SEET-oh-nide)

Treats chronic swelling of the eye that is not caused by an infection. This medicine is a steroid.

Brand Name(s)

Retisert

There may be other brand names for this medicine.

When This Medicine Should Not Be Used

You should not use this medicine if you have had an allergic reaction to fluocinolone, or to any other steroid. You should not use this medicine if you have an eye infection, fungal eye disease, or a viral eye disease including herpes infections.

How to Use This Medicine

Implant

  • This medicine is an implant that is surgically placed into your eye through a small incision. The implant contains medicine that is released slowly into you eye to treat your condition over a period of just over 2 years. When the effects of the medicine wear off, another implant can be surgically placed in your eye.

Drugs and Foods to Avoid

Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.

Warnings While Using This Medicine

  • Make sure your doctor knows if you are pregnant or breast feeding, or if you have glaucoma.
  • Tell your doctor if you have herpes, a history of herpes infections, or chickenpox.
  • Putting this medicine into your eye requires surgery. For about 1 to 4 weeks after your implant surgery, you may not be able to see as clearly as you could before.
  • You may get increased eye pressure and cataracts may develop. It is important to monitor the pressure in your eye after surgery on a regular basis. Within the 2 years after your surgery, you may require additional procedures to prevent further eye problems. Be sure to remain under the follow-up care of your doctor for as long as you are instructed to.

Possible Side Effects While Using This Medicine

Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:

  • Blurred vision that lasts longer than 4 weeks after implant surgery.
  • Fever, cough, sore throat.
  • Swelling, redness, bleeding, or irritation in your eye.

If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:

  • Dizziness, fever, nausea or vomiting.
  • Dry or watery eyes.
  • Eye pain or itching.
  • Headache or body aches.
  • Runny or stuffy nose.
  • "Seeing stars" in your vision.
  • Temporary problems with your vision.

If you notice other side effects that you think are caused by this medicine, tell your doctor

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088

Version Info

  • Last Reviewed on 06/12/2013

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This page was last updated: June 18, 2013

         
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