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Kenalog cream

Pronunciation

Generic Name: triamcinolone (TRYE-am-SIN-oh-lone)
Brand Name: Examples include Trianex and Triderm

Kenalog cream is used for:

Reducing itching, redness, and swelling associated with many skin conditions.

Kenalog cream is a corticosteroid. The exact way that it acts against most causes of inflammation is not known, but it is thought to slow or stop the chemicals in the body that cause inflammation. This helps to relieve discomfort.

Do NOT use Kenalog cream if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in Kenalog cream

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

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Before using Kenalog cream:

Some medical conditions may interact with Kenalog cream. 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 skin infection, thinning of the skin, adrenal gland problems, liver problems, or diabetes

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Kenalog cream. Because little, if any, of Kenalog cream is absorbed into the blood, the risk of it interacting with another medicine is low.

Ask your health care provider if Kenalog cream 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 Kenalog cream:

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

  • Wash your hands before applying Kenalog cream.
  • Apply a small amount of medicine to the affected area. Gently rub the medicine in until it is evenly distributed. Wash your hands after applying Kenalog cream, unless your hands are part of the treated area.
  • Do not wrap or otherwise cover the treated area with bandages or wear tight-fitting clothing unless specifically directed to do so by your doctor. Do not use tight-fitting diapers or plastic pants on children using Kenalog cream in the diaper area.
  • If you miss a dose of Kenalog cream, use it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Kenalog cream.

Important safety information:

  • Tell your doctor or dentist that you use Kenalog cream before you receive any medical or dental care, emergency care, or surgery.
  • Kenalog cream is for external use only. Do not get it in your eyes, nose, or mouth. If you get it in any of these areas, rinse at once with cool water.
  • Do NOT use more than the recommended dose, use for longer than prescribed, or use over a large area of the body without checking with your doctor.
  • Serious side effects may occur if too much of Kenalog cream is absorbed through the skin. This may be more likely to occur if you use Kenalog cream over a large area of the body or for a prolonged period of time. It may also be more likely if you wrap or bandage the area after you apply Kenalog cream. The risk is greater in children. Do not use more than the prescribed dose. Contact your doctor right away if you develop unusual weight gain (especially in the face), muscle weakness, increased thirst or urination, confusion, unusual drowsiness, severe or persistent headache, fever, or vision changes. Discuss any questions or concerns with your doctor.
  • Talk with your doctor before you use any other medicines or cleansers on your skin.
  • Do not use Kenalog cream for other skin conditions at a later time.
  • Kenalog cream has a corticosteroid in it. Before you start any new medicine, check the label to see if it has a corticosteroid in it too. If it does or if you are not sure, check with your doctor or pharmacist.
  • Corticosteroids may affect growth rate in CHILDREN and teenagers in some cases. They may need regular growth checks while they use Kenalog cream.
  • Caution is advised when using Kenalog cream 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 Kenalog cream while you are pregnant. It is unknown if Kenalog cream is found in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you use Kenalog cream, check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of Kenalog cream:

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. No COMMON side effects have been reported with Kenalog cream. Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); acne-like rash; excessive hair growth; impaired wound healing; inflamed hair follicles; inflammation around the mouth; itching, burning, dryness, redness, or swelling of the skin; symptoms of high blood sugar (eg, confusion; drowsiness; flushing; fruit-like breath odor; increased thirst, hunger, or urination; rapid breath); thinning, softening, or discoloration of the skin.

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. Kenalog cream may be harmful if swallowed.

Proper storage of Kenalog cream:

Store Kenalog cream at room temperature, between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C). Store away from heat, light, and moisture. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep Kenalog cream out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about Kenalog cream, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Kenalog cream 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 Kenalog cream 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 Kenalog cream. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to Kenalog cream. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your health care provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using Kenalog cream.

Issue Date: June 3, 2015
Database Edition 15.2.1.003
Copyright © 2015 Clinical Drug Information, LLC

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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