Triamcinolone aerosol solution

Pronunciation

Generic Name: triamcinolone (TRYE-am-SIHN-oh lohn)
Brand Name: Kenalog

Triamcinolone aerosol solution is used for:

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

Triamcinolone aerosol solution 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 the inflammation (eg, redness, swelling, irritation).

Do NOT use triamcinolone aerosol solution if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in triamcinolone aerosol solution

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

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Before using triamcinolone aerosol solution:

Some medical conditions may interact with triamcinolone aerosol solution. 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 any kind of skin infection, cuts, scrapes, thinning of the skin, or lessened blood flow to your skin
  • if you have measles, tuberculosis (TB), a positive TB skin test, chickenpox, shingles, or have recently had a vaccination
  • if you are taking an oral corticosteroid (eg, prednisone)

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

Ask your health care provider if triamcinolone aerosol solution 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 triamcinolone aerosol solution:

Use triamcinolone aerosol solution as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • Wash your hands immediately after using triamcinolone aerosol solution, unless your hands are part of the treated area.
  • Shake well before each use. Hold the container 3 to 6 inches (8 to 15 cm) from the infected area and spray lightly.
  • Do not apply triamcinolone aerosol solution on the underarms or groin areas unless directed to do so by your doctor.
  • Do not wrap or otherwise cover the treated area with bandages or wear tight-fitting clothing unless specifically directed by your doctor. Do not use tight-fitting diapers or plastic pants on children using triamcinolone aerosol solution in the diaper area.
  • If you miss a dose of triamcinolone aerosol solution, 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 triamcinolone aerosol solution.

Important safety information:

  • Triamcinolone aerosol solution is for external use only. If you get triamcinolone aerosol solution in your eyes, immediately flush with cool tap water.
  • Do not inhale any of triamcinolone aerosol solution.
  • 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 triamcinolone aerosol solution is absorbed through the skin. This may be more likely to occur if you use triamcinolone aerosol solution 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 triamcinolone aerosol solution. 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.
  • If your symptoms do not get better within 2 weeks or if they get worse, check with your doctor.
  • Talk with your doctor before you use any other medicines or cleansers on your skin.
  • Do not use triamcinolone aerosol solution for other skin conditions at a later time.
  • Tell your doctor or dentist that you use triamcinolone aerosol solution before you receive any medical or dental care, emergency care, or surgery.
  • Triamcinolone aerosol solution 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.
  • Triamcinolone aerosol solution is flammable. Do not apply near heat, an open flame, or while smoking.
  • Corticosteroids may affect growth rate in CHILDREN and teenagers in some cases. They may need regular growth checks while they use triamcinolone aerosol solution.
  • Triamcinolone aerosol solution should be used with extreme caution in CHILDREN; safety and effectiveness in children have not been confirmed.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using triamcinolone aerosol solution while you are pregnant. It is not known if triamcinolone aerosol solution is found in breast milk after topical use. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you use triamcinolone aerosol solution, check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of triamcinolone aerosol solution:

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:

Mild, temporary stinging.

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; severe or persistent itching, burning, dryness, redness, or swelling of the skin; 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. Triamcinolone aerosol solution may be harmful if swallowed.

Proper storage of triamcinolone aerosol solution:

Store triamcinolone aerosol solution 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. Store away from heat and direct sunlight. Do not puncture, break, or burn the canister even if it appears to be empty. Keep triamcinolone aerosol solution out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about triamcinolone aerosol solution, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Triamcinolone aerosol solution 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 triamcinolone aerosol solution 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 triamcinolone aerosol solution. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to triamcinolone aerosol solution. 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 triamcinolone aerosol solution.

Issue Date: April 2, 2014
Database Edition 14.2.1.001
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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