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Nystatin and Triamcinolone

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jun 29, 2020.


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Index Terms

  • Mycolog-II
  • Nystatin/Triamcinolone
  • Triamcinolone and Nystatin

Dosage Forms

Excipient information presented when available (limited, particularly for generics); consult specific product labeling.

Cream, External: Nystatin 100,000 units and triamcinolone acetonide 0.1% (15 g, 30 g, 60 g)

Ointment, External: Nystatin 100,000 units and triamcinolone acetonide 0.1% (15 g, 30 g, 60 g)

Pharmacologic Category

  • Antifungal Agent, Topical
  • Corticosteroid, Topical


See individual agents.

Use: Labeled Indications

Treatment of cutaneous candidiasis


Hypersensitivity to nystatin, triamcinolone, or any component of the formulation

Dosing: Adult

Cutaneous Candida: Topical: Apply sparingly to affected area(s) twice daily. Therapy should be discontinued when control is achieved or if symptoms persist for >25 days of therapy.

Dosing: Geriatric

Refer to adult dosing.

Dosing: Pediatric

Refer to adult dosing.


External use only; do not use on open or weeping wounds; do not use with occlusive dressings.


Store at 15°C to 30°C (59°F to 86°F). Avoid freezing.

Drug Interactions

Aldesleukin: Corticosteroids may diminish the antineoplastic effect of Aldesleukin. Avoid combination

Progesterone: Antifungal Agents (Vaginal) may diminish the therapeutic effect of Progesterone. Avoid combination

Adverse Reactions

The following adverse drug reactions and incidences are derived from product labeling unless otherwise specified.

Frequency not defined.

Central nervous system: Localized burning

Dermatologic: Acne vulgaris, allergic dermatitis, atrophic striae, folliculitis, hypertrichosis, hypopigmentation, maceration of the skin, miliaria, perioral dermatitis, skin atrophy, xeroderma

Infection: Secondary infection

Local: Local irritation, local pruritus


Concerns related to adverse effects:

• Adrenal suppression: Systemic absorption of topical corticosteroids may cause hypercortisolism or suppression of hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis, particularly in younger children or in patients receiving high doses for prolonged periods. HPA axis suppression may lead to adrenal crisis.

• Dermatitis: Cutaneous hypersensitivity/contact dermatitis to individual ingredients has been reported; instruct patients to seek medical attention.

• Infection: Steroids may mask infection or enhance existing infection; prolonged use may result in secondary infections due to immunosuppression.

• Kaposi's sarcoma: Prolonged treatment with corticosteroids has been associated with the development of Kaposi's sarcoma (case reports); if noted, discontinuation of therapy should be considered.

• Systemic effects: Topical corticosteroids may be absorbed percutaneously. Absorption of topical corticosteroids may cause manifestations of Cushing's syndrome, hyperglycemia, or glycosuria. Absorption is increased by the use of occlusive dressings, application to denuded skin, or application to large surface areas.

Special populations:

• Pediatric: Children may absorb proportionally larger amounts of corticosteroids after topical application and may be more prone to systemic effects. HPA axis suppression, intracranial hypertension, and Cushing's syndrome have been reported in children receiving topical corticosteroids. Prolonged use may affect growth velocity; growth should be routinely monitored in pediatric patients.

Monitoring Parameters

Urinary free cortisol test, morning plasma cortisol test, and ACTH stimulation test may be used to evaluate HPA axis suppression; signs of improving or worsening Candida or new bacterial infection

Pregnancy Considerations

See individual agents.

Patient Education

What is this drug used for?

• It is used to treat fungal infections of the skin.

All drugs may cause side effects. However, many people have no side effects or only have minor side effects. Call your doctor or get medical help if any of these side effects or any other side effects bother you or do not go away:

• Burning

• Itching

• Dry skin

WARNING/CAUTION: Even though it may be rare, some people may have very bad and sometimes deadly side effects when taking a drug. Tell your doctor or get medical help right away if you have any of the following signs or symptoms that may be related to a very bad side effect:

• High blood sugar like confusion, fatigue, increased thirst, increased hunger, passing a lot of urine, flushing, fast breathing, or breath that smells like fruit

• Adrenal gland problems like severe nausea, vomiting, severe dizziness, passing out, muscle weakness, severe fatigue, mood changes, lack of appetite, or weight loss

• Cushing syndrome like weight gain in upper back or abdomen; moon face; severe headache; or slow healing

• Skin changes like acne, stretch marks, slow healing, or hair growth

• Skin discoloration

• Skin thinning

• Severe skin irritation

• Signs of an allergic reaction, like rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing, swallowing, or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Note: This is not a comprehensive list of all side effects. Talk to your doctor if you have questions.

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Further information

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