Fluocinolone acetonide implant

Generic Name: fluocinolone acetonide (FLOO-oh-SIN-oh-lone a-SEET-oh-nide)
Brand Name: Iluvien

Fluocinolone acetonide implant is used for:

Treating an eye problem caused by diabetes (macular edema). It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.

Fluocinolone acetonide implant is a corticosteroid. Exactly how it works is not known. It may decrease the production of certain substances that cause inflammation.

Do NOT use fluocinolone acetonide implant if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in fluocinolone acetonide implant
  • you have an eye infection
  • you have glaucoma
  • you have a history of herpes simplex of the eye

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.

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Before using fluocinolone acetonide implant:

Some medical conditions may interact with fluocinolone acetonide implant. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:

  • if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
  • if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
  • if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
  • if you have other eye problems

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with fluocinolone acetonide implant. Because little, if any, of fluocinolone acetonide implant is absorbed into the blood, the risk of it interacting with another medicine is low.

Ask your health care provider if fluocinolone acetonide implant may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.

How to use fluocinolone acetonide implant:

Use fluocinolone acetonide implant as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • Fluocinolone acetonide implant will be surgically implanted into the eye at your doctor's office, hospital, or clinic.
  • If you miss your appointment, contact your doctor right away.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use fluocinolone acetonide implant.

Important safety information:

  • Fluocinolone acetonide implant may cause blurred vision after you get the injection. Do not drive or perform other possibly unsafe tasks until this goes away.
  • Cataracts, swelling, increased eye pressure, and glaucoma have happened with the use of similar medicines. Discuss any questions or concerns with your doctor.
  • After implantation of fluocinolone acetonide implant, follow-up eye exams will be required. Be sure to keep all doctor and lab appointments.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using fluocinolone acetonide implant while you are pregnant. It is not known if this medicine is found in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you use fluocinolone acetonide implant, check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of fluocinolone acetonide implant:

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:

Headache; temporary blurred vision after the injection.

Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); change in the amount of urine produced; eye pain or redness; if bright lights bother your eyes; severe or persistent eye irritation; unusual tiredness or weakness; vision changes.

This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. To report side effects to the appropriate agency, please read the Guide to Reporting Problems to FDA.

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center, or emergency room immediately.

Proper storage of fluocinolone acetonide implant:

Fluocinolone acetonide implant is handled and stored by a health care provider. You will not store it at home. Keep all medicines out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about fluocinolone acetonide implant, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Fluocinolone acetonide implant is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
  • If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.
  • Check with your pharmacist about how to dispose of unused medicine.

This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take fluocinolone acetonide implant or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about fluocinolone acetonide implant. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to fluocinolone acetonide implant. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your health care provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using fluocinolone acetonide implant.

Issue Date: May 6, 2015
Database Edition 15.2.1.002
Copyright © 2015 Clinical Drug Information, LLC

Disclaimer: This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take this medicine or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about this medicine. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to this medicine. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using this medicine.

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