Generic Name: Triamcinolone Acetonide Brand Name(s): Generics only. No brands available.

Uses

What is triamcinolone acetonide used for?

Triamcinolone acetonide is used to treat the skin conditions such as eczema, dermatitis, allergies, etc. Triamcinolone also reduces the welling, itching, and redness that can occur in these types of conditions.

For details on the potency of your product, ask your pharmacist.

How should I take triamcinolone acetonide?

Use this medication only on the skin. Do not use it on the face, groin, or underarms unless directed to do so by your doctor.

Wash and dry your hands. Before applying the medication, clean and dry the affected area.

Do not cover, bandage or wrap the area unless directed to do so by your doctor. If used in the diaper.

How do I store triamcinolone acetonide?

Triamcinolone acetonide is best stored at room temperature away from direct light and moisture. To prevent drug damage, you should not store triamcinolone acetonide in the bathroom or the freezer. There may be different brands of triamcinolone acetonide that may have different storage needs. It is important to always check the product package for instructions on storage, or ask your pharmacist. For safety, you should keep all medicines away from children and pets.

You should not flush triamcinolone acetonide down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. It is important to properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist for more details about how to safely discard your product.

 

Precautions & warnings

What should I know before using triamcinolone acetonide?

Before using triamcinolone, tell your doctor or pharmacist if:

  • You are allergic to it; or to other corticosteroids (e.g., hydrocortisone, prednisone).
  • You have any other allergies.
  • You have poor blood circulation.
  • You have immune system problems.

Do not use if there is an infection or sore present in the area to be treated.

Rarely, using corticosteroid medications for a long time or over large areas of skin can make it more difficult for your body to respond to physical stress. Therefore, before having surgery or emergency treatment, or if you get a serious illness/injury, tell your doctor or dentist that you are using this medication or have used this medication within the past few months.

Is it safe during pregnancy or breastfeeding?

There isn’t enough information about the safety of using triamcinolone acetonide during pregnancy and breastfeeding. Please always consult with your doctor to weigh the potential benefits and risks before taking triamcinolone acetonide.

Side effects

What side effects can occur from triamcinolone acetonide?

Some side effects can occur when using this drug, including:

  • Burning, itching, irritation, or dryness
  • Stretch marks
  • Skin thinning/discoloration
  • Acne
  • Greatly increased hair growth
  • Hair bumps (folliculitis)
  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Irritation

Not everyone experiences these side effects. There may be some side effects not listed above. If you have any concerns about a side-effect, please consult your doctor or pharmacist.

Interactions

What drugs may interact with triamcinolone acetonide?

Triamcinolone acetonide may interact with other drugs that you are currently taking, which can change how your drug works or increase your risk for serious side effects. To avoid any potential drug interactions, you should keep a list of all the drugs you are using (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. For your safety, do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any drugs without your doctor’s approval.

Products may interact with this drug, including:

Does food or alcohol interact with triamcinolone acetonide?

Triamcinolone acetonide may interact with food or alcohol by altering the way the drug works or increase the risk for serious side effects. Please discuss with your doctor or pharmacist any potential food or alcohol interactions before using this drug.

What health conditions may interact with triamcinolone acetonide?

Triamcinolone acetonide may interact with your health condition. This interaction may worsen your health condition or alter the way the drug works. It is important to always let your doctor and pharmacist know all the health conditions you currently have.

Dosage

The information provided is not a substitute for any medical advice. You should ALWAYS consult with your doctor or pharmacist before using triamcinolone acetonide.

What is the dose of triamcinolone acetonide for an adult?

Apply a thin film of the medication to the affected area and gently rub in, usually 2 to 4 times daily or as directed by your doctor.

What is the dose of triamcinolone acetonide for a child?

The dosage has not been established in pediatric patients. It may be unsafe for your child. It is always important to fully understand the safety of the drug before using. Please consult with your doctor or pharmacist for more information.

How is triamcinolone acetonide available?

Triamcinolone acetonide is available in the following dosage forms and strengths:

Triamcinolone acetonide cream USP 0.1% is supplied in

  • 15g tube
  • 30g tube
  • 80g tube
  • 454g jar

Triamcinolone acetonide cream USP 0.025% is supplied in

  • 15g tube
  • 80g tube
  • 454g jar

Triamcinolone acetonide cream USP 0.5% is supplied in

  • 15g tube

What should I do in case of an emergency or overdose?

In case of an emergency or an overdose, call your local emergency services or go to your nearest emergency room.

What should I do if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose of triamcinolone acetonide, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take your regular dose as scheduled. Do not take a double dose.

Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

 

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Review Date: January 4, 2017 | Last Modified: January 4, 2017

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