What is triamcinolone?

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

Know the basics

What is triamcinolone used for?

Triamcinolone belongs to a class of drugs called corticosteroids. It prevents the release of substances in the body that cause inflammation.

Triamcinolone oral (taken by mouth) is used to treat many different conditions such as allergic disorders, skin conditions, ulcerative colitis, arthritis, lupus, psoriasis, or breathing disorders.

Triamcinolone may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

How should I take triamcinolone?

Take triamcinolone exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not take in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended. Follow the directions on your prescription label.

Your doctor may occasionally change your dose to make sure you get the best results from this medication.

Take triamcinolone with food to prevent stomach upset.

Your steroid medication needs may change if you have unusual stress such as a serious illness, fever or infection, or if you have surgery or a medical emergency. Tell your doctor about any such situation that affects you.

This medication can cause you to have unusual results with certain medical tests. Tell any doctor who treats you that you are using triamcinolone.

Do not stop using triamcinolone suddenly, or you could have unpleasant withdrawal symptoms. Talk to your doctor about how to avoid withdrawal symptoms when stopping the medication. Carry an ID card or wear a medical alert bracelet stating that you are taking a steroid, in case of emergency. Any doctor, dentist, or emergency medical care provider who treats you should know that you are taking steroid medication.

How do I store triamcinolone?

Triamcinolone is best stored at room temperature away from direct light and moisture. To prevent drug damage, you should not store triamcinolone in the bathroom or the freezer. There may be different brands of triamcinolone 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 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.

Know the precautions & warnings

What should I know before using triamcinolone?

In deciding to use a medicine, the risks of taking the medicine must be weighed against the good it will do. This is a decision you and your doctor will make. For this medicine, the following should be considered:

Allergies

Tell your doctor if you have ever had any unusual or allergic reaction to this medicine or any other medicines. Also tell your health care professional if you have any other types of allergies, such as to foods, dyes, preservatives, or animals. For non-prescription products, read the label or package ingredients carefully.

Pediatric

Appropriate studies performed to date have not demonstrated pediatric-specific problems that would limit the usefulness of triamcinolone topical in the pediatric population. However, because of this medicine’s toxicity, it should be used with caution. Children may absorb large amounts through the skin, which can cause serious side effects. If your child is using this medicine, follow your doctor’s instructions very carefully.

Geriatric

No information is available on the relationship of age to the effects of triamcinolone topical in geriatric patients.

Is it safe to take triamcinolone during pregnancy or breast-feeding?

There isn’t enough information about the safety of using this medication during pregnancy and breast-feeding. Please always consult with your doctor to weigh the potential benefits and risks before taking this medication.

Know the side effects

What are the side effects of triamcinolone?

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction to triamcinolone: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Call your doctor at once if you have a serious side effect such as:

  • problems with your vision;
  • swelling, rapid weight gain, feeling short of breath;
  • severe depression, unusual thoughts or behavior, seizure (convulsions);
  • bloody or tarry stools, coughing up blood;
  • pancreatitis (severe pain in your upper stomach spreading to your back, nausea and vomiting, fast heart rate);
  • low potassium (confusion, uneven heart rate, extreme thirst, increased urination, leg discomfort, muscle weakness or limp feeling); or
  • dangerously high blood pressure (severe headache, blurred vision, buzzing in your ears, anxiety, confusion, chest pain, shortness of breath, uneven heartbeats, seizure).

Less serious triamcinolone side effects may include:

  • sleep problems (insomnia), mood changes;
  • acne, dry skin, thinning skin, bruising or discoloration;
  • slow wound healing;
  • increased sweating;
  • headache, dizziness, spinning sensation;
  • nausea, stomach pain, bloating;
  • muscle weakness; or
  • changes in the shape or location of body fat (especially in your arms, legs, face, neck, breasts, and waist);

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.

Know the interactions

What drugs may interact with triamcinolone?

Triamcinolone 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.

Does food or alcohol interact with triamcinolone?

Triamcinolone 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?

Triamcinolone 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, especially:

  • Cushing’s syndrome (adrenal gland disorder) or
  • Diabetes or
  • Hyperglycemia (high blood sugar) or
  • Intracranial hypertension (increased pressure in the head)—Use with caution. May make these conditions worse.
  • Infection of the skin at or near the place of application or
  • Large sores, broken skin, or severe skin injury at the place of application—The chance of side effects may be increased.

Understand the dosage

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

What is the dose of triamcinolone for an adult?

Usual Adult Dose for Adrenocortical Insufficiency

4 mg to 12 mg orally daily, in addition to mineralocorticoid therapy.

Usual Adult Dose for Ankylosing Spondylitis

Initial:

8 mg to 16 mg orally per day. Alternatively, 3 mg to 48 mg IM per day, administered in equally divided doses every 12 hours.

Intra-articular and intrasynovial Injection:

5 mg to 40 mg once depending on the size of the joint. The average for the knee is 25 mg.

The maximum weekly dosage of triamcinolone diacetate is 75 mg.

Usual Adult Dose for Bursitis

Initial:

8 mg to 16 mg orally per day. Alternatively, 3 mg to 48 mg IM per day, administered in equally divided doses every 12 hours.

Intra-articular and intrasynovial Injection:

5 mg to 40 mg once depending on the size of the joint. The average for the knee is 25 mg.

The maximum weekly dosage of triamcinolone diacetate is 75 mg.

Usual Adult Dose for Osteoarthritis

Initial:

8 mg to 16 mg orally per day. Alternatively, 3 mg to 48 mg IM per day, administered in equally divided doses every 12 hours.

Intra-articular and intrasynovial Injection:

5 mg to 40 mg once depending on the size of the joint. The average for the knee is 25 mg.

The maximum weekly dosage of triamcinolone diacetate is 75 mg.

Usual Adult Dose for Rheumatoid Arthritis

Initial:

8 mg to 16 mg orally per day. Alternatively, 3 mg to 48 mg IM per day, administered in equally divided doses every 12 hours.

Intra-articular and intrasynovial Injection:

5 mg to 40 mg once depending on the size of the joint. The average for the knee is 25 mg.

The maximum weekly dosage of triamcinolone diacetate is 75 mg.

What is the dose of triamcinolone 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 available?

Triamcinolone is available in the following dosage forms and strengths:

Injection 40 mg/mL

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, 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: May 30, 2016 | Last Modified: January 4, 2017

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