Fluocinolone ophthalmic Pregnancy and Breastfeeding Warnings

Fluocinolone ophthalmic is also known as: Retisert

Fluocinolone ophthalmic Pregnancy Warnings

Fluocinolone ophthalmic has been assigned to pregnancy category C by the FDA. Animal studies have revealed evidence of teratogenicity when corticosteroids are administered orally. In addition, fluocinolone administered subcutaneously to rabbits in doses 10,000 times the dose of fluocinolone intravitreal implant induced abortion at the end of gestation week 3 and beginning of gestational week 4. There are no controlled data in human pregnancy. Fluocinolone ophthalmic is only recommended for use in pregnancy when benefit outweighs risk.

Fluocinolone ophthalmic Breastfeeding Warnings

There are no data on the excretion of fluocinolone ophthalmic into human milk. Systemic corticosteroids are excreted in human milk, and may suppress growth, interfere with endogenous corticosteroid production, or cause other untoward effects in the infant. The manufacturer recommends that caution be used when administering fluocinolone ophthalmic to nursing women.

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