Generic Name: triamcinolone (trye-am-SIN-oh-lone)
Brand Name: Generic only. No brands available.
Triamcinolone paste is used for:
Temporarily relieving symptoms associated with inflammation, ulcers, and lesions in the mouth caused by injury to the skin. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.
Triamcinolone paste is a topical adrenocortical steroid. It works by reducing skin inflammation (redness, swelling, itching, and irritation) in a way that is not clearly understood.
Do NOT use triamcinolone paste if:
- you are allergic to any ingredient in triamcinolone paste
- you have a fungal, viral, or bacterial infection of the mouth or throat
Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.
Before using triamcinolone paste:
Some medical conditions may interact with triamcinolone paste. 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, or lessened blood flow to your skin
- if you have had a recent vaccination; have a herpes eye infection or mouth lesion (cold sore); have measles, tuberculosis, chickenpox, or shingles; or have had a positive tuberculosis test
- if you have diabetes, diarrhea, or an ulcer
- if you are taking prednisone or similar medicines
Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with triamcinolone paste. Because little, if any, of triamcinolone paste is absorbed into the blood, the risk of it interacting with another medicine is low.
Ask your health care provider if triamcinolone paste 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 paste:
Use triamcinolone paste as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.
- Apply triamcinolone paste at bedtime unless directed otherwise by your doctor. If you are using triamcinolone paste several times per day, apply it after meals unless otherwise directed by your doctor.
- Wash your hands before and after applying triamcinolone paste.
- Press a small dab (about Â¼ inch) to the affected area of the mouth or gums until a thin film develops. A larger amount may be needed to cover some areas. Do not rub in.
- If you miss a dose of triamcinolone paste, apply 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. Do not apply 2 doses at once.
Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use triamcinolone paste.
Important safety information:
- Triamcinolone paste is for topical use in the mouth only. Do not get triamcinolone paste in your eyes. If contact is made with the eyes, flush them immediately with tap water.
- If your symptoms do not get better within 7 days or if they get worse, check with your doctor.
- Do NOT take more than the recommended dose or use for longer than prescribed without checking with your doctor.
- Talk with your doctor before you receive any vaccine while you are using triamcinolone paste.
- Do not use triamcinolone paste for other conditions at a later time.
- Corticosteroids may affect growth rate in CHILDREN and teenagers in some cases. They may need regular growth checks while they use triamcinolone paste.
- PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using triamcinolone paste while you are pregnant. It is not known if triamcinolone paste is found in breast milk after topical use. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you use triamcinolone paste, check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.
Possible side effects of triamcinolone paste:
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:
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); burning, cracking, irritation, or peeling not present before you began using triamcinolone paste; thinning, softening, or discoloration of mouth or gum tissue.
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. Symptoms may include increased thirst or urination; muscle weakness; unusual weight gain, especially in the face.Proper storage of triamcinolone paste:
Store triamcinolone paste at room temperature, between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C). Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not freeze. Keep triamcinolone paste out of the reach of children and away from pets.
- If you have any questions about triamcinolone paste, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
- Triamcinolone paste 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 paste 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 paste. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to triamcinolone paste. 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 paste.
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.