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Triesence Side Effects

Generic Name: triamcinolone ophthalmic

Note: This page contains side effects data for the generic drug triamcinolone ophthalmic. It is possible that some of the dosage forms included below may not apply to the brand name Triesence.

For the Consumer

Applies to triamcinolone ophthalmic: intraocular suspension

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction while taking triamcinolone ophthalmic (the active ingredient contained in Triesence) hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Call your doctor at once if you have a serious side effect such as:

  • problems with your vision, pain behind your eyes, or seeing halos around lights;

  • eye swelling, redness, severe discomfort, crusting or drainage (may be signs of infection);

  • large red or purple spots on your skin;

  • fast or slow heart rate;

  • feeling short of breath, swelling in your hands or feet;

  • dangerously high blood pressure (severe headache, blurred vision, buzzing in your ears, anxiety, confusion, chest pain, uneven heartbeats, seizure);

  • severe dizziness or nausea;

  • severe depression, changes in mood or behavior, seizures (convulsions); or

  • severe pain in your upper stomach.

Less serious side effects of triamcinolone ophthalmic may include:

  • mild eye discomfort;

  • headaches, back aches, weakness;

  • bloating, appetite changes, weight gain;

  • changes in the shape or location of body fat (especially in your arms, legs, face, neck, breasts, and waist), roundness in your face;

  • increased acne or facial hair;

  • menstrual problems (in women), impotence or loss of interest in sex (in men);

  • dry skin, thinning skin, changes in skin color;

  • bruising, sweating more than usual; or

  • any wound that will not heal.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.

For Healthcare Professionals

Applies to triamcinolone ophthalmic: intraocular suspension


Cardiovascular side effects have included bradycardia, cardiac arrest, cardiac arrhythmias, cardiac enlargement, circulatory collapse, congestive heart failure, fat embolism, myocardial rupture following recent myocardial infarction, pulmonary edema, syncope, tachycardia, thromboembolism, thrombophlebitis, and vasculitis.[Ref]


Dermatologic side effects have included acne, allergic dermatitis, cutaneous and subcutaneous atrophy, dry scalp, edema, facial erythema, hyper or hypo-pigmentation, impaired wound healing, increased sweating, petechiae and ecchymoses, rash, sterile abscess, striae, suppressed reactions to skin tests, thin fragile skin, thinning scalp hair, and urticaria.[Ref]


Endocrine side effects have included abnormal fat deposits, decreased carbohydrate tolerance, development of Cushingoid state, hirsutism, manifestations of latent diabetes mellitus and increased requirements for insulin or oral hypoglycemic agents in diabetics, menstrual irregularities, moon facies, and secondary adrenocortical and pituitary unresponsiveness (particularly in times of stress, as in trauma, surgery or illness).[Ref]


Gastrointestinal side effects have included abdominal distention, elevation in serum liver enzymes levels (usually reversible upon discontinuation), hepatomegaly, hiccups, malaise, nausea, pancreatitis, peptic ulcer with possible perforation and hemorrhage, and ulcerative esophagitis.[Ref]


Hypersensitivity side effects have included anaphylactoid reaction, anaphylaxis, and angioedema.[Ref]


Metabolic side effects have included negative nitrogen balance due to protein catabolism and Potassium loss, hypokalemic alkalosis, and sodium retention.[Ref]


Musculoskeletal side effects have included aseptic necrosis of femoral and humeral heads, charcot-like arthropathy, loss of muscle mass, muscle weakness, osteoporosis, pathologic fracture of long bones, steroid myopathy, tendon rupture, and vertebral compression fractures.[Ref]

Nervous system

Nervous system side effects have included arachnoiditis, convulsions, depression, emotional instability, euphoria, headache, increased intracranial pressure with papilledema (pseudo-tumor cerebri) usually following discontinuation of treatment, insomnia, meningitis, neuritis, neuropathy, paraparesis/paraplegia, paresthesia, sensory disturbances, and vertigo.[Ref]


1. "Product Information. Triesence (triamcinolone ophthalmic)." Alcon Laboratories Inc, Fort Worth, TX.

It is possible that some side effects of Triesence may not have been reported. These can be reported to the FDA here. Always consult a healthcare professional for medical advice.

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