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Triamcinolone nasal Side Effects

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Nov 29, 2022.

Applies to triamcinolone nasal: nasal spray.

Serious side effects of Triamcinolone nasal

Along with its needed effects, triamcinolone nasal 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 while taking triamcinolone nasal:

More common

  • Body aches or pain
  • chills
  • congestion
  • diarrhea
  • dryness or soreness of the throat
  • fever
  • general feeling of discomfort or illness
  • headache
  • hoarseness
  • increased cough
  • joint pain
  • loss of appetite
  • muscle aches and pains
  • nausea
  • runny nose
  • shivering
  • sweating
  • tender, swollen glands in the neck
  • trouble sleeping
  • trouble with swallowing
  • unexplained nosebleeds
  • unusual tiredness or weakness
  • voice changes
  • vomiting

Less common

  • Cough producing mucus
  • difficulty with breathing
  • noisy breathing
  • shortness of breath
  • tightness in the chest

Incidence not known

  • Blindness
  • bloody mucus
  • blurred vision
  • changes in vision
  • darkening of the skin
  • decreased vision
  • eye pain
  • fainting
  • fast heartbeat
  • hives
  • irritation
  • itching
  • joint stiffness or swelling
  • loss of appetite
  • lower back or side pain
  • mental depression
  • painful or difficult urination
  • rash
  • redness of the skin
  • slowing of normal growth in children
  • swelling of the eyelids, face, lips, hands, or feet
  • tearing
  • trouble healing
  • white patches in the throat

Other side effects of Triamcinolone nasal

Some side effects of triamcinolone nasal 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:

Less common

Incidence not known

  • Change in sense of smell or taste

For Healthcare Professionals

Applies to triamcinolone nasal: nasal aerosol, nasal aerosol with adapter, nasal spray.

Nervous system

Common (1% to 10%): Headache

Frequency not reported: Dizziness, alteration of taste and smell[Ref]


Common (1% to 10%): Epistaxis, cough

Rare (less than 0.1%): Nasal septum perforations

Frequency not reported: Nasal irritation, dry mucous membrane, nasal congestion, sneezing, dyspnea[Ref]


Common (1% to 10%): Flu syndrome, pharyngitis, rhinitis, bronchitis


Common (1% to 10%): Dyspepsia, tooth disorder

Frequency not reported: Nausea


Frequency not reported: Chorioretinopathy, cataract, glaucoma, increased ocular pressure, blurred vision[Ref]


Frequency not reported: Hypersensitivity (including rash, urticaria, pruritus, facial edema)


Postmarketing reports: Reduction of growth velocity in children


Frequency not reported: Insomnia


Frequency not reported: Fatigue, decreased blood cortisol


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Further information

Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.

Some side effects may not be reported. You may report them to the FDA.