Triamcinolone Side Effects
It is possible that some side effects of triamcinolone may not have been reported. These can be reported to the FDA here. Always consult a healthcare professional for medical advice.
For the Consumer
Applies to triamcinolone: injection suspension
As well as its needed effects, triamcinolone may cause unwanted side effects that require medical attention.
If any of the following side effects occur while taking triamcinolone, check with your doctor or nurse immediately:More common
- blurred vision
- decrease in the amount of urine
- fast, slow, pounding, or irregular heartbeat or pulse
- mental depression
- mood changes
- noisy, rattling breathing
- numbness or tingling in the arms or legs
- pounding in the ears
- shortness of breath
- swelling of the fingers, hands, feet, or lower legs
- trouble thinking, speaking, or walking
- troubled breathing at rest
- weight gain
- Abdominal cramping and/or burning (severe)
- abdominal pain
- bloody, black, or tarry stools
- cough or hoarseness
- darkening of skin
- decreased vision
- dry mouth
- eye pain
- eye tearing
- facial hair growth in females
- fever or chills
- flushed, dry skin
- fruit-like breath odor
- full or round face, neck, or trunk
- heartburn and/or indigestion (severe and continuous)
- increased hunger
- increased thirst
- increased urination
- loss of appetite
- loss of sexual desire or ability
- lower back or side pain
- menstrual irregularities
- muscle pain or tenderness
- muscle wasting or weakness
- pain in back, ribs, arms, or legs
- painful or difficult urination
- skin rash
- trouble healing
- trouble sleeping
- unexplained weight loss
- unusual tiredness or weakness
- vision changes
- vomiting of material that looks like coffee grounds
Some triamcinolone side effects may not need any medical attention. As your body gets used to the medicine these side effects may disappear. Your health care professional may be able to help you prevent or reduce these side effects, but do check with them if any of the following side effects continue, or if you are concerned about them:Incidence not known
- Blemishes on the skin
- dry, scaly skin
- feeling of constant movement of self or surroundings
- full or bloated feeling
- increased appetite
- increased hair growth on the face, forehead, back, arms, and legs
- large, flat, blue, or purplish patches in the skin
- pitting or depression of the skin at the injection site
- reddish purple lines on the arms, face, legs, trunk, or groin
- redness of the skin
- redness, swelling, tenderness, or pain at the injection site
- sensation of spinning
- small, red, or purple spots on the skin
- thin, fragile, or shiny skin
- thinning of the scalp hair
For Healthcare Professionals
Applies to triamcinolone: compounding powder, inhalation aerosol, inhalation aerosol with adapter, injectable suspension, oral tablet
Cardiovascular side effects have included fluid retention, sodium retention, congestive heart failure, potassium loss, hypokalemic alkalosis, and hypertension.
Musculoskeletal side effects have included aseptic necrosis of femoral and humeral heads, calcinosis (following intra-articular or intra-lesional use), Charcot-like arthropathy, loss of muscle mass, muscle weakness, osteoporosis, pathologic fracture of long bones, postinjection flare (following intra-articular use), steroid myopathy, tendon rupture, and vertebral compression fractures. Postmarketing experience has included very rare reports of bone mineral density loss and osteoporosis, especially with prolonged use, which may lead to an increased risk of fractures.
Decreases in bone density of the total hip and the trochanter have been reported with the use of inhaled triamcinolone acetonide in a study (n=109) of premenopausal women with asthma. The yearly change in bone density at the total hip and the trochanter showed a greater decline as the number of puffs per day of the inhaled glucocorticoid increased.
Gastrointestinal side effects have included peptic ulcer with potential perforation and hemorrhage, perforation of small and large bowel, pancreatitis, abdominal distention, and ulcerative esophagitis.
Dermatologic side effects have included impaired wound healing, thin, fragile skin, petechiae and ecchymoses, facial erythema, increased sweating, and suppressed reactions to skin tests.
Nervous system side effects have included convulsions, increased intracranial pressure with papilledema, vertigo, and headache.
Endocrine side effects have included development of cushingoid state, menstrual irregularities, suppression of growth in children, manifestations of latent diabetes, increased requirements for insulin or oral hypoglycemic agents in diabetics, decreased carbohydrate tolerance, and secondary adrenocortical and pituitary unresponsiveness.
Ocular side effects have included posterior subcapsular cataracts, increased intraocular pressure, glaucoma, and exophthalmos. Retinal and choroidal occlusion as a complication after posterior sub-Tenon triamcinolone injection has been reported.
Metabolic side effects have included negative nitrogen balance due to protein catabolism.
Hypersensitivity side effects have included anaphylactoid reactions, anaphylaxis, and angioedema.
Other side effects have included abnormal fat deposits, decreased resistance to infection, hiccups, increased or decreased motility and number of spermatozoa, moon face, malaise, and weight gain.
Local side effects have included injection site infections following non-sterile administration.
More about triamcinolone
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- Triamcinolone suspension
- Triamcinolone inhalation
- Triamcinolone injection
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