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Triamcinolone Lotion

Generic Name: triamcinolone acetonide
Dosage Form: topical lotion

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Sep 3, 2018.

Triamcinolone Lotion Description

See also: Dupixent

Triamcinolone Acetonide Lotion, USP is supplied in the following strength: 0.1%. Each mL of Triamcinolone Acetonide Lotion, USP, 0.1%, contains 1 mg triamcinolone acetonide, USP in a lotion base containing citric acid, cetyl alcohol, simethicone emulsion 30%, polysorbate 20, propylene glycol, purified water, sorbitan monopalmitate, and stearyl alcohol.

Triamcinolone Acetonide is a topical corticosteroid known chemically as 9-Fluoro-11β, 16 α, 17, 21-tetrahydroxypregna-1,4-diene-3,20-dione cyclic 16,17-acetal with acetone.

The molecular formula is C24H31FO6. It has the following structure.


Topical corticosteroids share anti-inflammatory, anti-pruritic and vasoconstrictive actions. The mechanism of anti-inflammatory activity of the topical corticosteroids is unclear. Various laboratory methods, including vasoconstrictor assays, are used to compare and predict potencies and/or clinical efficacies of the topical corticosteroids. There is some evidence to suggest that a recognizable correlation exists between vasoconstrictor potency and therapeutic efficacy in man.


The extent of percutaneous absorption of topical corticosteroids is determined by many factors including the vehicle, the integrity of the epidermal barrier, and the use of occlusive dressings.

Topical corticosteroids can be absorbed from normal intact skin. Inflammation and/or other disease processes in the skin increases percutaneous absorption. Occlusive dressings substantially increase the percutaneous absorption of topical corticosteroids. Thus, occlusive dressings may be a valuable therapeutic adjunct for treatment of resistant dermatoses (See DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION).

Once absorbed through the skin, topical corticosteroids are handled through pharmacokinetic pathways similar to systemically administered corticosteroids. Corticosteroids are bound to plasma proteins in varying degrees. Corticosteroids are metabolized primarily in the liver and are then excreted by the kidneys. Some of the topical corticosteroids and their metabolites are also excreted into the bile.

Indications and Usage for Triamcinolone Lotion

Topical corticosteroids are indicated for the relief of the inflammatory and pruritic manifestations of corticosteroid-responsive dermatoses. 


Topical corticosteroids are contraindicated in those patients with a history of hypersensitivity to any of the components of the preparation.



Systemic absorption of topical corticosteroids has produced reversible hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis suppression, manifestations of Cushing’s syndrome, hyperglycemia and glycosuria in some patients.

Conditions which augment systemic absorption include the application of the more potent steroids, use over large surface areas, prolonged use and the addition of occlusive dressings.

Therefore, patients receiving a large dose of potent topical steroids, applied to a large surface area or under an occlusive dressing, should be evaluated periodically for evidence of HPA axis suppression by using the urinary-free cortisol and ACTH stimulation tests. If HPA axis suppression is noted, an attempt should be made to withdraw the drug, to reduce the frequency of application or to substitute a less potent steroid.

Recovery of HPA axis function is generally prompt and complete upon discontinuation of the drug. Infrequently, signs and symptoms of steroid withdrawal may occur, requiring supplemental systemic corticosteroids.

Children may absorb proportionally larger amounts of topical corticosteroids and thus be more susceptible to systemic toxicity (See PRECAUTIONS-Pediatric Use).

If irritation develops, topical corticosteroids should be discontinued and appropriate therapy instituted. In the presence of dermatological infections, the use of an appropriate antifungal or antibacterial agent should be instituted. If a favorable response does not occur promptly, the corticosteroid should be discontinued until the infection has been adequately controlled.

These preparations are not for ophthalmic use. Information for the Patient

Patients using topical corticosteroids should receive the following information and instructions:
1.      This medication is to be used as directed by the physician. It is for external use only. Avoid contact with
         the eyes.
2.      Patients should be advised not to use this medication for any disorder other than for which it was 
3.      The treated skin area should not be bandaged or otherwise covered or wrapped as to be occlusive,
         unless directed by a physician.
4.      Patients should report any signs of local adverse reactions especially under occlusive dressing.
5.      Parents of pediatric patients should be advised not to use tight-fitting diapers or plastic pants on a child
         being treated in the diaper area, as these garments may constitute occlusive dressings.

Laboratory Tests

The following tests may be helpful in evaluating the HPA axis suppression:
          Urinary-free cortisol test
          ACTH stimulation

Carcinogenesis, Mutagenesis, and Impairment of Fertility

Long-term animal studies have not been performed to evaluate the carcinogenic potential or the effect on fertility of topical corticosteroids.

Studies to determine mutagenicity with prednisolone and hydrocortisone have revealed negative results.

Pregnancy Category C

Corticosteroids are generally teratogenic in laboratory animals when administered systemically at relatively low dosage levels. The more potent corticosteroids have been shown to be teratogenic after dermal application in laboratory animals. There are no adequate and well-controlled studies in pregnant women on teratogenic effects from topically applied corticosteroids. Therefore, topical corticosteroids should be used during pregnancy only if the potential benefit justifies the potential risk to the fetus. Drugs of this class should not be used extensively on pregnant patients, in large amounts or for prolonged periods of time.

Nursing Mothers

It is not known whether topical administration of corticosteroids could result in sufficient systemic absorption to produce detectable quantities in breast milk.

Systemically administered corticosteroids are secreted into breast milk in quantities not likely to have a deleterious effect on the infant. Nevertheless, caution should be exercised when topical corticosteroids are administered to nursing women.

Pediatric Use

Pediatric patients may demonstrate greater susceptibility to topical corticosteroid-induced HPA axis suppression and Cushing’s syndrome than mature patients because of a larger skin surface area to body weight ratio.

HPA axis suppression, Cushing’s syndrome and intracranial hypertension have been reported in children receiving topical corticosteroids. Manifestations of adrenal suppression in children include linear growth retardation, delayed weight gain, low plasma cortisol levels and absence of response to ACTH stimulation. Manifestations of intracranial hypertension include bulging fontanelles, headaches, and bilateral papilledema.

Administration of topical corticosteroids to children should be limited to the least amount compatible with an effective therapeutic regimen. Chronic corticosteroid therapy may interfere with the growth and development of children.

Adverse Reactions

The following local adverse reactions are reported infrequently with topical corticosteroids, but may occur more frequently with the use of occlusive dressings. These reactions are listed in an approximate decreasing order of occurrence:

Burning                                   Perioral dermatitis
Itching                                     Allergic contact dermatitis
Irritation                                  Maceration of the skin
Dryness                                  Secondary infection
Folliculitis                                Skin Atrophy
Hypertrichosis                         Striae
Acneiform eruptions                Miliaria

To report SUSPECTED ADVERSE REACTIONS, contact G&W Laboratories, Inc. at 1-800-922-1038 or FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or


Topically applied corticosteroids can be absorbed in sufficient amounts to produce systemic effects (See PRECAUTIONS).

Triamcinolone Lotion Dosage and Administration

Topical corticosteroids are generally applied to the affected area as a thin film from three to four times daily depending on the severity of the condition.

Occlusive dressings may be used for the management of psoriasis or recalcitrant conditions.

If an infection develops, the use of occlusive dressings should be discontinued and appropriate antimicrobial therapy instituted.

How is Triamcinolone Lotion Supplied

Triamcinolone Acetonide Lotion, USP 0.1% is supplied in the following size: 60 mL.

Store at 20° to 25°C (68° to 77°F) [see USP Controlled Room Temperature]. AVOID FREEZING.


Rx Only

Manufactured For:
G&W Laboratories, Inc.
111 Coolidge Street
South Plainfield, NJ 07080

Rev. 07/2015

Triamcinolone Acetonide Lotion, USP 0.1%
NDC 0713-0676-53
60 mL Bottle

triamcinolone acetonide lotion
Product Information
Product Type HUMAN PRESCRIPTION DRUG LABEL Item Code (Source) NDC:0713-0676
Route of Administration TOPICAL DEA Schedule     
Active Ingredient/Active Moiety
Ingredient Name Basis of Strength Strength
Triamcinolone Acetonide (Triamcinolone Acetonide) Triamcinolone Acetonide 1 mg  in 1 mL
Inactive Ingredients
Ingredient Name Strength
Citric Acid Monohydrate  
Cetyl Alcohol  
Polysorbate 20  
Propylene Glycol  
Sorbitan Monopalmitate  
Stearyl Alcohol  
# Item Code Package Description
1 NDC:0713-0676-53 1 BOTTLE in 1 CARTON
1 60 mL in 1 BOTTLE
Marketing Information
Marketing Category Application Number or Monograph Citation Marketing Start Date Marketing End Date
ANDA ANDA089129 09/13/2016
Labeler - G&W Laboratories, Inc. (001271188)
Registrant - G&W Laboratories, Inc. (001271188)
Name Address ID/FEI Operations
G&W Laboratories, Inc. 001271188 MANUFACTURE(0713-0676)
G&W Laboratories, Inc.