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What should I know about fluocinolone intravitreal implant?

Fluocinolone intravitreal implant is inserted during a surgical procedure. Discuss the risks of this procedure with your doctor. The medicine in the implant will be released over a period of 30 months. Tell your doctor if you have glaucoma. Use of this steroid over a long period of time can lead to glaucoma and optic nerve damage. If you have cataract surgery, your recovery time may be prolonged by fluocinolone intravitreal implant. This medication can cause cataracts in some people. Most people will experience decreased vision for one to four weeks after the implantation, but this effect is only temporary. Many people also experience intraocular pressure and require medication to lower this pressure. Fluocinolone intravitreal implant can have a negative effect on infections. Viral infections may be  worsened by this medication, so use caution if you have conjunctiva or a history a herpes simplex infections. This medication falls under pregnancy Category C and may cause harm to a developing fetus. Consider the risks and benefits of using this medication while pregnant. It is not known if fluocinolone intravitreal implant is passed through breast milk to a nursing infant, so talk to your doctor before taking this medication while breastfeeding.

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