Generic name: Fluocinolone (Ophthalmic) (floo oh SIN oh lone)
Brand name: Iluvien, Retisert, Yutiq
Drug class: Ophthalmic steroids
Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on Sep 8, 2020.
Uses of Fluocinolone:
- It is used to treat eye swelling.
What do I need to tell my doctor BEFORE I take Fluocinolone?
- If you are allergic to fluocinolone (ophthalmic); any part of fluocinolone (ophthalmic); or any other drugs, foods, or substances. Tell your doctor about the allergy and what signs you had.
- If you have glaucoma.
- If you have any kind of eye infection.
- If you have ever had a herpes infection of the eye.
This is not a list of all drugs or health problems that interact with fluocinolone (ophthalmic).
Tell your doctor and pharmacist about all of your drugs (prescription or OTC, natural products, vitamins) and health problems. You must check to make sure that it is safe for you to take fluocinolone (ophthalmic) with all of your drugs and health problems. Do not start, stop, or change the dose of any drug without checking with your doctor.
What are some things I need to know or do while I take Fluocinolone?
- Tell all of your health care providers that you take fluocinolone (ophthalmic). This includes your doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists.
- This medicine may cause blurred eyesight after you get the shot. Avoid driving and doing other tasks or actions that call for clear eyesight until this goes away.
- Some eye problems like swelling, raised eye pressure, cataracts, and glaucoma have happened with drugs like this one. Talk with the doctor.
- Have an eye exam as you have been told by your doctor.
- Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant. You will need to talk about the benefits and risks of using fluocinolone (ophthalmic) while you are pregnant.
- Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding. You will need to talk about any risks to your baby.
How is this medicine (Fluocinolone) best taken?
Use fluocinolone (ophthalmic) as ordered by your doctor. Read all information given to you. Follow all instructions closely.
- It is given as a shot into the eye.
What do I do if I miss a dose?
- Call your doctor to find out what to do.
What are some side effects that I need to call my doctor about right away?
WARNING/CAUTION: Even though it may be rare, some people may have very bad and sometimes deadly side effects when taking a drug. Tell your doctor or get medical help right away if you have any of the following signs or symptoms that may be related to a very bad side effect:
- Signs of an allergic reaction, like rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing, swallowing, or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.
- Change in eyesight, eye pain, or very bad eye irritation.
- Eye redness.
- Not able to pass urine or change in how much urine is passed.
- If bright lights bother your eyes.
- Feeling very tired or weak.
What are some other side effects of Fluocinolone?
All drugs may cause side effects. However, many people have no side effects or only have minor side effects. Call your doctor or get medical help if any of these side effects or any other side effects bother you or do not go away:
- Blurred eyesight after the shot.
These are not all of the side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, call your doctor. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.
You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-332-1088. You may also report side effects at https://www.fda.gov/medwatch.
If OVERDOSE is suspected:
If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.
How do I store and/or throw out Fluocinolone?
- If you need to store fluocinolone (ophthalmic) at home, talk with your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist about how to store it.
Consumer information use
- If your symptoms or health problems do not get better or if they become worse, call your doctor.
- Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else's drugs.
- Keep all drugs in a safe place. Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
- Throw away unused or expired drugs. Do not flush down a toilet or pour down a drain unless you are told to do so. Check with your pharmacist if you have questions about the best way to throw out drugs. There may be drug take-back programs in your area.
- Some drugs may have another patient information leaflet. Check with your pharmacist. If you have any questions about fluocinolone (ophthalmic), please talk with your doctor, nurse, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
- If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.
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