Generic name: triamcinolone (trye-am-SIN-oh-lone a-SEET-oh-nide)
Drug class: Topical steroids
Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on Sep 9, 2021.
Commonly used brand name(s)
In the U.S.
- Aristocort A
- Dermasorb TA Complete Kit
- Pediaderm TA
- Aristocort C Concentrate
- Aristocort D Dilute
- Aristocort R Ointment Regular
- Aristocort R Regular
- Kenalog Cream
- Kenalog Ointment
- Kenalog Spray
- Triaderm Mild Cream
- Triaderm Mild Ointment
- Triaderm Regular Cream
- Triaderm Regular Ointment
- Trianide Mild-Cream
Available Dosage Forms:
Therapeutic Class: Corticosteroid, Intermediate
Pharmacologic Class: Triamcinolone
Uses for triamcinolone
Triamcinolone topical is used to help relieve redness, itching, swelling, or other discomfort caused by skin conditions. Triamcinolone is a corticosteroid (cortisone-like medicine or steroid).
Triamcinolone is available only with your doctor's prescription.
Before using triamcinolone
In deciding to use a medicine, the risks of taking the medicine must be weighed against the good it will do. This is a decision you and your doctor will make. For triamcinolone, the following should be considered:
Tell your doctor if you have ever had any unusual or allergic reaction to triamcinolone or any other medicines. Also tell your health care professional if you have any other types of allergies, such as to foods, dyes, preservatives, or animals. For non-prescription products, read the label or package ingredients carefully.
Appropriate studies performed to date have not demonstrated pediatric-specific problems that would limit the usefulness of triamcinolone topical in the pediatric population. However, because of triamcinolone's toxicity, it should be used with caution. Children may absorb large amounts through the skin, which can cause serious side effects. If your child is using triamcinolone, follow your doctor's instructions very carefully.
No information is available on the relationship of age to the effects of triamcinolone topical in geriatric patients.
Interactions with medicines
Although certain medicines should not be used together at all, in other cases two different medicines may be used together even if an interaction might occur. In these cases, your doctor may want to change the dose, or other precautions may be necessary. Tell your healthcare professional if you are taking any other prescription or nonprescription (over-the-counter [OTC]) medicine.
Interactions with food/tobacco/alcohol
Certain medicines should not be used at or around the time of eating food or eating certain types of food since interactions may occur. Using alcohol or tobacco with certain medicines may also cause interactions to occur. Discuss with your healthcare professional the use of your medicine with food, alcohol, or tobacco.
Other medical problems
The presence of other medical problems may affect the use of triamcinolone. Make sure you tell your doctor if you have any other medical problems, especially:
- Cushing's syndrome (adrenal gland disorder) or
- Diabetes or
- Hyperglycemia (high blood sugar) or
- Intracranial hypertension (increased pressure in the head)—Use with caution. May make these conditions worse.
- Infection of the skin at or near the place of application or
- Large sores, broken skin, or severe skin injury at the place of application—The chance of side effects may be increased.
Proper use of triamcinolone
It is very important that you use triamcinolone only as directed by your doctor. Do not use more of it, do not use it more often, and do not use it for a longer time than your doctor ordered. To do so may cause unwanted side effects or skin irritation.
Triamcinolone is for use on the skin only. Do not get it in your eyes. Do not use it on skin areas that have cuts, scrapes, or burns. If it does get on these areas, rinse it off right away with water.
If you or your child are using the spray form on or near the face, protect your nose to avoid breathing it in and make sure that your eyes are covered.
Triamcinolone should only be used for skin conditions that your doctor is treating. Check with your doctor before using it for other conditions, especially if you think that a skin infection may be present. Triamcinolone should not be used to treat certain kinds of skin infections or conditions, such as severe burns.
Do not use the spray on the groin or underarms unless directed to do so by your doctor.
- Wash your hands with soap and water before and after using triamcinolone.
- Apply a thin layer of triamcinolone to the affected area of the skin. Rub it in gently.
- Do not bandage or otherwise wrap the skin being treated unless directed to do so by your doctor.
- If the medicine is applied to the diaper area of an infant, do not use tight-fitting diapers or plastic pants unless directed to do so by your doctor.
- If your doctor ordered an occlusive dressing or airtight covering to be applied over the medicine, make sure you know how to apply it. Occlusive dressings increase the amount of medicine absorbed through your skin, so use them only as directed. If you have any questions about this, check with your doctor.
The spray form is flammable until it dries on the skin. Do not use it near heat, an open flame, or while smoking. Do not puncture, break, or burn the aerosol can.
The dose of triamcinolone will be different for different patients. Follow your doctor's orders or the directions on the label. The following information includes only the average doses of triamcinolone. If your dose is different, do not change it unless your doctor tells you to do so.
The amount of medicine that you take depends on the strength of the medicine. Also, the number of doses you take each day, the time allowed between doses, and the length of time you take the medicine depend on the medical problem for which you are using the medicine.
- For redness, itching, and swelling of the skin:
- For topical dosage forms (cream, lotion, and ointment):
- Adults—Apply to the affected area of the skin two to four times per day.
- Children—Apply to the affected area of the skin two to four times per day.
- For topical dosage form (aerosol spray):
- Adults—Spray to the affected area of the skin three to four times per day.
- Children—Spray to the affected area of the skin three to four times per day.
- For topical dosage forms (cream, lotion, and ointment):
If you miss a dose of triamcinolone, apply it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule.
Store the medicine in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light. Keep from freezing.
Store the canister at room temperature, away from heat and direct light. Do not freeze. Do not keep triamcinolone inside a car where it could be exposed to extreme heat or cold. Do not poke holes in the canister or throw it into a fire, even if the canister is empty.
Keep out of the reach of children.
Do not keep outdated medicine or medicine no longer needed.
Ask your healthcare professional how you should dispose of any medicine you do not use.
Precautions while using triamcinolone
It is very important that your doctor check the progress of you or your child at regular visits for any problems that may be caused by triamcinolone. Blood and urine tests may be needed to check for unwanted effects.
If your or your child's symptoms do not improve within a few weeks, or if they become worse, check with your doctor.
Using too much of triamcinolone or using it for a long time may increase your risk of having adrenal gland problems. The risk is greater for children and patients who use large amounts for a long time. Talk to your doctor right away if you or your child have more than one of these symptoms while you are using triamcinolone: blurred vision; dizziness or fainting; a fast, irregular, or pounding heartbeat; increased thirst or urination; irritability; or unusual tiredness or weakness.
Stop using triamcinolone and check with your doctor right away if you or your child have a skin rash, burning, stinging, swelling, or irritation on the skin.
Do not use this medication with other corticosteroid (eg, hydrocortisone) containing products without checking with your doctor first. .
Do not use cosmetics or other skin care products on the treated areas.
Triamcinolone side effects
Along with its needed effects, a medicine may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.
Check with your doctor immediately if any of the following side effects occur:
Incidence not known
- Blistering, burning, crusting, dryness, or flaking of the skin
- itching, scaling, severe redness, soreness, or swelling of the skin
- redness and scaling around the mouth
- thinning of the skin with easy bruising, especially when used on the face or where the skin folds together (e.g. between the fingers)
Some side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects. Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them:
Incidence not known
- Acne or pimples
- burning and itching of the skin with pinhead-sized red blisters
- burning, itching, and pain in hairy areas, or pus at the root of the hair
- increased hair growth on the forehead, back, arms, and legs
- lightening of normal skin color
- lightening of treated areas of dark skin
- reddish purple lines on the arms, face, legs, trunk, or groin
- softening of the skin
Other side effects not listed may also occur in some patients. If you notice any other effects, check with your healthcare professional.
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
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