Generic Name: triamcinolone (TRYE-am-SIN-oh-lone)
Brand Name: Kenalog
Triamcinolone lotion is used for:
Reducing itching, redness, and swelling associated with many skin conditions.
Triamcinolone lotion 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, which helps relieve discomfort.
Do NOT use triamcinolone lotion if:
- you are allergic to any ingredient in triamcinolone lotion
Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.
Before using triamcinolone lotion:
Some medical conditions may interact with triamcinolone lotion. 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 triamcinolone lotion. Because little, if any, of triamcinolone lotion is absorbed into the blood, the risk of it interacting with another medicine is low.
Ask your health care provider if triamcinolone lotion 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 lotion:
Use triamcinolone lotion as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.
- Wash your hands before applying triamcinolone lotion.
- 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 triamcinolone lotion, unless your hands are part of the treated area.
- Shake well before each use.
- 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 triamcinolone lotion in the diaper area.
- If you miss a dose of triamcinolone lotion, 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 lotion.
Important safety information:
- Tell your doctor or dentist that you use triamcinolone lotion before you receive any medical or dental care, emergency care, or surgery.
- Triamcinolone lotion 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 triamcinolone lotion is absorbed through the skin. This may be more likely to occur if you use triamcinolone lotion 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 lotion. 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 triamcinolone lotion for other skin conditions at a later time.
- Triamcinolone lotion 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 triamcinolone lotion.
- Caution is advised when using triamcinolone lotion 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 triamcinolone lotion while you are pregnant. It is not known if this medicine is found in breast milk after topical use. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you use triamcinolone lotion, check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.
Possible side effects of triamcinolone lotion:
All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. When used in small doses, no COMMON side effects have been reported with this product. 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. Triamcinolone lotion may be harmful if swallowed.Proper storage of triamcinolone lotion:
Store triamcinolone lotion at room temperature, between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C). Do not freeze. Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep triamcinolone lotion out of the reach of children and away from pets.
- If you have any questions about triamcinolone lotion, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
- Triamcinolone lotion 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 lotion 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 lotion. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to triamcinolone lotion. 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 triamcinolone lotion.
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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