Triamcinolone ophthalmic Side Effects
For the Consumer
Applies to triamcinolone ophthalmic: intraocular suspension
What are some side effects that I need to call my doctor about right away?
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:
- 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 or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.
- Signs of high blood sugar like confusion, feeling sleepy, more thirst, more hungry, passing urine more often, flushing, fast breathing, or breath that smells like fruit.
- Signs of a weak adrenal gland like a very bad upset stomach or throwing up, very bad dizziness or passing out, muscle weakness, feeling very tired, mood changes, not hungry, or weight loss.
- Signs of Cushing's disease like weight gain in the upper back or belly, moon face, very bad headache, or slow healing.
- Signs of high blood pressure like very bad headache or dizziness, passing out, or change in eyesight.
- Seeing floaters.
- Change in eyesight, eye pain, or very bad eye irritation.
- Fever or chills.
- Sore throat.
- Shortness of breath, a big weight gain, or swelling in the arms or legs.
- Mood changes.
- Muscle pain or weakness.
- Very bad belly pain.
- Throwing up blood or throw up that looks like coffee grounds.
- Black, tarry, or bloody stools.
What are some other side effects of this drug?
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:
- Eye irritation.
- Blurred eyesight.
- More hungry.
- Weight gain.
These are not all of the side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, call your doctor. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.
You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088. You may also report side effects at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.
For Healthcare Professionals
Applies to triamcinolone ophthalmic: intraocular suspension
The most commonly reported side effects were elevated intraocular pressure and cataract progression.[Ref]
Frequency not reported: Endophthalmitis (infectious and non-infectious), hypopyon, injection site reactions (described as blurring and transient discomfort), glaucoma, vitreous floaters, detachment of retinal pigment epithelium, optic disc vascular disorder, eye inflammation, conjunctival hemorrhage, visual acuity reduced, exophthalmos[Ref]
Frequency not reported: Anaphylactoid reaction, anaphylaxis, angioedema[Ref]
Frequency not reported: Elevation in blood pressure, bradycardia, cardiac arrest, cardiac arrhythmia, cardiac enlargement, circulatory collapse, congestive heart failure, fat embolism, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy in premature infants, myocardial rupture following recent myocardial infarction, syncope, tachycardia, thromboembolism, thrombophlebitis, vasculitis[Ref]
Frequency not reported: Acne, allergic dermatitis, cutaneous and subcutaneous atrophy, dry scalp, edema, facial erythema, hyper or hypopigmentation, increased sweating, petechiae, ecchymosis, rash, sterile abscess, striae, suppressed reactions to skin tests, thin fragile skin, thinning scalp hair, urticaria[Ref]
Frequency not reported: Alteration in glucose tolerance, abnormal fat deposits, decreased carbohydrate tolerance, development of Cushingoid state, hirsutism, manifestations of latent diabetes mellitus and increased requirements for insulin or oral hypoglycemic agents in diabetics, menstrual irregularities, moon facies, secondary adrenocortical and pituitary unresponsiveness (particularly in times of stress, as in trauma, surgery or illness), suppression of growth in children[Ref]
Frequency not reported: Abdominal distention, hiccups, malaise, nausea, pancreatitis, peptic ulcer with possible perforation and hemorrhage, ulcerative esophagitis[Ref]
Frequency not reported: Fluid retention, increased appetite, weight gain, potassium loss, hypokalemic alkalosis, negative nitrogen balance due to protein catabolism[Ref]
Frequency not reported: Aseptic necrosis of femoral and humeral heads, Charcot-like arthropathy, loss of muscle mass, muscle weakness, osteoporosis, pathologic fracture of long bones, steroid myopathy, tendon rupture, vertebral compression fractures[Ref]
Frequency not reported: Arachnoiditis, convulsions, headache, increased intracranial pressure with papilledema (pseudo-tumor cerebri) usually following discontinuation of treatment, insomnia, meningitis, neuritis, neuropathy, paraparesis/paraplegia, paresthesia, sensory disturbances, vertigo[Ref]
Postmarketing reports: Alteration in motility and number of spermatozoa[Ref]
Frequency not reported: Elevation in serum liver enzymes levels (usually reversible upon discontinuation), hepatomegaly[Ref]
Frequency not reported: Impaired wound healing[Ref]
Frequency not reported: Behavioral and mood changes, depression, emotional instability, euphoria[Ref]
Frequency not reported: Pulmonary edema[Ref]
1. "Product Information. Triesence (triamcinolone ophthalmic)." Alcon Laboratories Inc, Fort Worth, TX.
Some side effects of triamcinolone ophthalmic may not be reported. Always consult your doctor or healthcare specialist for medical advice. You may also report side effects to the FDA.
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