Who should not receive a fluocinolone acetonide intravitreal implant?

People with glaucoma should be sure that the doctor who will place the fluocinolone intravitreal implant knows about it before the surgery. Anyone with an active eye infection or a history of infections should be aware that infections are common complications from this implant. Fluocinolone is pregnancy Category C but it is not known if it is absorbed from the intravitreal implant into the bloodstream enough to cause harm to a developing fetus. Pregnant women should consider the risks and benefits of this medication before using it. It could cause harm to a developing fetus. It is not known if fluocinolone is absorbed into the bloodstream enough to be passed through breast milk to a nursing infant, so talk to a doctor about breastfeeding while this medication is active.

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