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Aristospan suspension

Generic Name: triamcinolone (TRYE-am-SIN-oh-lone)
Brand Name: Aristospan

Aristospan suspension is used for:

Treating inflammation in a number of different disorders, such as arthritis, bursitis, or tendonitis. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.

Aristospan suspension is a corticosteroid. Exactly how it works to decrease irritation and swelling is not known, but it has a wide range of effects at the cell level. This relieves the discomfort caused by inflammation.

Do NOT use Aristospan suspension if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in Aristospan suspension
  • you have a systemic fungal infection, herpes infection of the eye, or a malaria infection in the brain
  • you are using Aristospan suspension as an intramuscular injection to treat a certain bleeding disorder (idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura)

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.

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Before using Aristospan suspension:

Some medical conditions may interact with Aristospan suspension. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:

  • if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
  • if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
  • if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
  • if you have a bacterial or fungal infection; a viral infection (eg, chickenpox, shingles); measles; tuberculosis (TB); or a parasitic, amebae, or worm infection
  • if you have unexplained diarrhea, inflammation of the esophagus, ulcers, colitis, stomach or bowel problems (eg, inflammation, blockage, perforation), or recent stomach or bowel surgery
  • if you have heart problems (eg, congestive heart failure), recent heart attack, high blood pressure, blood clotting problems, diabetes, cataracts, glaucoma, increased eye pressure, or abnormal blood electrolyte (eg, potassium, sodium) levels
  • if you have kidney problems, liver problems (eg, cirrhosis), mood or mental problems, a seizure disorder (eg, epilepsy), a brain injury, thyroid problems, or weak or brittle bones (osteoporosis)
  • if you have had joint surgery or a positive TB skin test, or if you have been recently vaccinated
  • if you have myasthenia gravis and take anticholinesterases (eg, pyridostigmine)

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Aristospan suspension. Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:

  • Amphotericin B, digoxin, or diuretics (eg, furosemide, hydrochlorothiazide) because the risk of low blood potassium and heart problems (eg, enlarged heart, irregular heartbeat, heart failure) may be increased
  • Cyclosporine because the risk of seizures may be increased
  • Anticoagulants (eg, warfarin) because an increase or decrease of their effects may occur
  • Azole antifungals (eg, itraconazole, ketoconazole), estrogens, hormonal contraceptives (birth control pills), or macrolide antibiotics (eg, clarithromycin) because they may increase the risk of Aristospan suspension's side effects
  • Barbiturates (eg, phenobarbital), carbamazepine, cholestyramine, hydantoins (eg, phenytoin), or rifampin because they may decrease Aristospan suspension's effectiveness
  • Aspirin, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) (eg, ibuprofen), or ritodrine because the risk of their side effects may be increased by Aristospan suspension
  • Anticholinesterases (eg, pyridostigmine) or isoniazid because their effectiveness may be decreased by Aristospan suspension

This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if Aristospan suspension may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.

How to use Aristospan suspension:

Use Aristospan suspension as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • Aristospan suspension is usually given as an injection at your doctor's office, hospital, or clinic. If you will be using Aristospan suspension at home, a health care provider will teach you how to use it. Be sure you understand how to use Aristospan suspension. Follow the procedures you are taught when you use a dose. Contact your health care provider if you have any questions.
  • Aristospan suspension is for injection into a joint. Do not inject Aristospan suspension into a vein or into an infected or unstable joint.
  • Do not use Aristospan suspension if it is discolored, or if the vial is cracked or damaged.
  • Shake well before using a dose.
  • Keep this product, as well as syringes and needles, out of the reach of children and pets. Do not reuse needles, syringes, or other materials. Ask your health care provider how to dispose of these materials after use. Follow all local rules for disposal.
  • If you miss a dose of Aristospan suspension, contact your doctor right away.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Aristospan suspension.

Important safety information:

  • Aristospan suspension may lower the ability of your body to fight infection. Avoid contact with people who have colds or infections. Tell your doctor if you notice signs of infection like fever, sore throat, rash, or chills.
  • If you have not had chickenpox, shingles, or measles, avoid contact with anyone who does. Tell your doctor right away if you are exposed to anyone who has these infections or to anyone who has TB.
  • If you are on long-term therapy, you may have withdrawal symptoms if you suddenly stop using Aristospan suspension. Contact your doctor right away if you have muscle and joint pain, exhaustion, or depression. Do not suddenly stop using Aristospan suspension or change your dose without talking with your doctor or pharmacist.
  • If you are on long-term therapy, contact your doctor right away in the event of situations of physical stress (eg, injury, surgery, infection, or loss of blood electrolytes). You may need additional fast-acting steroids to help the body handle these situations.
  • Tell your doctor or dentist that you take Aristospan suspension before you receive any medical or dental care, emergency care, or surgery.
  • Aristospan suspension may interfere with skin allergy tests. If you are scheduled for a skin test, talk to your doctor. You may need to stop taking Aristospan suspension for a few days before the tests.
  • Do not receive a live vaccine (eg, measles, mumps) while you are using Aristospan suspension. Talk with your doctor before you receive any vaccine.
  • Serious health problems have happened when corticosteroids, including Aristospan suspension, have been given into the spine (epidural). These include paralysis, blindness, stroke, and sometimes death. Safety and effectiveness of corticosteroids given into the spine have not been confirmed. Corticosteroids are not approved for this use. Discuss any questions or concerns with your doctor.
  • Aristospan suspension has benzyl alcohol in it. Do not use it in NEWBORNS. It may cause serious and sometimes fatal nervous system problems and other side effects.
  • Lab tests, including blood pressure checks, bone density, and eye exams, may be performed while you use Aristospan suspension. These tests may be used to monitor your condition or check for side effects. Be sure to keep all doctor and lab appointments.
  • Diabetes patients - Aristospan suspension may affect your blood sugar. Check blood sugar levels closely. Ask your doctor before you change the dose of your diabetes medicine.
  • Corticosteroids may affect growth rate in CHILDREN and teenagers in some cases. They may need regular growth checks while they use Aristospan suspension.
  • Caution is advised when using Aristospan suspension in CHILDREN; they may be more sensitive to its effects.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using Aristospan suspension while you are pregnant. Aristospan suspension is found in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you use Aristospan suspension, check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of Aristospan suspension:

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:

Acne; changes in appetite; constipation; diarrhea; headache; heartburn; nausea; restlessness; sweating; trouble sleeping; vomiting.

Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty swallowing or breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, hands, legs, eyes, throat, lips, or tongue; unusual hoarseness); confusion; fainting; fast, slow, or irregular heartbeat; joint stiffness; mood or mental changes (eg, depression); muscle pain or weakness; numbness or tingling in the hands or feet; pain, redness, or swelling at the injection site; personality changes; seizures; shortness of breath; signs of infection (eg, fever, chills, sore throat); slow wound healing; swelling of the ankles, hands, legs, or feet; vision changes.

This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. To report side effects to the appropriate agency, please read the Guide to Reporting Problems to FDA.

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center, or emergency room immediately.

Proper storage of Aristospan suspension:

Store Aristospan suspension at room temperature, between 68 and 77 degrees F (20 and 25 degrees C). Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep Aristospan suspension out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about Aristospan suspension, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Aristospan suspension is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
  • If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.
  • Check with your pharmacist about how to dispose of unused medicine.

This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take Aristospan suspension or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about Aristospan suspension. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to Aristospan suspension. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using Aristospan suspension.

Issue Date: September 3, 2014
Database Edition 14.3.1.003
Copyright © 2014 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc.

Disclaimer: This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take this medicine or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about this medicine. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to this medicine. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using this medicine.

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