Retisert implant

Generic Name: fluocinolone acetonide (floo-oh-SIN-oh-lone)
Brand Name: Retisert

Retisert implant is used for:

Treating a certain type of inflammation of the eye (chronic noninfectious uveitis).

Retisert implant is a corticosteroid. Exactly how it works is unknown. It may decrease the production of certain substances that cause inflammation. Retisert implant releases slowly over 30 months through a surgical implant in the eye.

Do NOT use Retisert implant if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in Retisert implant or other corticosteroids (eg, prednisone)
  • you have certain viral, bacterial, or fungal eye infections (eg, herpes simplex, mycobacterial infection)
  • you have chickenpox or a certain infection due to smallpox vaccination (vaccinia)

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

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Before using Retisert implant:

Some medical conditions may interact with Retisert 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 (eg, glaucoma, increased pressure in the eyes)

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

Ask your health care provider if Retisert 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 Retisert implant:

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

  • Retisert implant will be surgically implanted into the eye at your doctor's office, hospital, or clinic.
  • If you miss a dose of Retisert implant, contact your doctor right away.

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

Important safety information:

  • After implantation of Retisert implant, follow-up eye exams will be required. Be sure to keep all doctor and lab appointments.
  • Most patients experience an immediate and temporary decrease in vision in the implanted eye for about 1 to 4 weeks after surgery. Do not drive or perform other possibly unsafe tasks until you know how you react to Retisert implant. Contact your doctor if your vision does not return to normal after 4 weeks.
  • Retisert implant treats inflammation in the eye, but it may not treat the disease that caused the inflammation. You may need to use other medicines along with this one. Carefully follow your doctor's instructions for other eye medicines.
  • Retisert implant may increase pressure in your eyes. You may need to use medicines or have procedures to control the pressure in your eyes. Carefully follow your doctor's instructions for other eye medicines.
  • Retisert implant may cause cataracts. It may also decrease the ability of your eyes to heal after cataract surgery. Discuss any concerns with your doctor.
  • Retisert implant may increase the severity of eye infections and mask symptoms of eye infections. Contact your doctor if you suspect you have an eye infection.
  • Lab tests, including eye exams, may be performed while you use Retisert implant. These tests may be used to monitor your condition or check for side effects. Be sure to keep all doctor and lab appointments.
  • Retisert implant should not be used in CHILDREN younger than 12 years old; safety and effectiveness in these children have not been confirmed.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using Retisert implant while you are pregnant. It is not known if Retisert implant is found in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you use Retisert implant, check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of Retisert 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:

Abnormal sensation in the eye; back or limb pain; blurred vision; cough; dizziness; drooping eyelids; dry eye; eye irritation, itching, or redness; eye pain; fever; flu-like symptoms; headache; increased tearing; joint pain; nausea; nose and throat irritation; reduced vision; sinus inflammation; swelling of the eye or eyelid; upper respiratory tract infection; vomiting.

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); bleeding of the eye; eye discharge; eye infection; eye pain; implant problems; 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 (http://www.aapcc.org ), or emergency room immediately.

Proper storage of Retisert implant:

Retisert implant is usually handled and stored by a health care provider. If you are using Retisert implant at home, store Retisert implant as directed by your pharmacist or health care provider. Keep Retisert implant out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about Retisert implant, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Retisert 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 Retisert 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 Retisert implant. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to Retisert 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 healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using Retisert implant.

Issue Date: July 2, 2014
Database Edition 14.3.1.001
Copyright © 2014 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc.

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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