What is Retisert?Retisert is surgically implanted corticosteroid used to treat chronic noninfectious uveitis (infection of the uvea) affecting the posterior segment of the eye.
What is the most important information I should know about Retisert?Retisert is designed to locally treat inflammation in the eye, but is not known to treat the underlying disease. As with any surgical procedure, there is risk involved. There could be potential complications during intraocular surgery to place Retisert.
Who should not take Retisert?Do not take Retisert if you are hypersensitive to corticosteroids or if you have any viral, fungal, or mycobacterial infections of the eye.
What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of Retisert?Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Retisert. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history.
What is the usual dosage?The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your doctor uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your doctor may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your doctor's approval.
Adults: Retisert is designed to release its active ingredient at a rate of 0.6 micrograms a day.
How should I take Retisert?Retisert is surgically implanted in your eye by your doctor.
What should I avoid while taking Retisert?Do not drive or perform tasks that require visual acuity until the visual effects of implanting Retisert have abated and you can see clearly.
What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Retisert?If Retisert is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. Check with your doctor about any other medications you are taking before Retisert is implanted.
What are the possible side effects of Retisert?Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this drug.
Side effects may include: elevated intraocular pressure, optic nerve damage, delayed wound healing, perforation of the globe, secondary infections (bacterial, fungal and viral), cataracts, headache, dizziness, cough
Can I receive Retisert if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?Retisert should be avoided during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
What should I do if I miss a dose of Retisert?Since Retisert is surgically implanted and releases its active ingredient gradually, missing a dose is not an issue.
How should I store Retisert?Retisert is administered at your doctor's office.