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Triamcinolone is a medication available in both prescription and non-prescription forms. It is used to treat inflammation caused by a variety of diseases, conditions, and allergies.
The prescription forms are used to treat inflammation due to arthritis and disorders of the skin, blood, kidney, lungs, eye, thyroid, and intestines. This medication page refers to the prescription form of triamcinolone.
Triamcinolone belongs to a group of drugs called corticosteroids. These work by mimicking the action of steroids normally produced by your body.
Triamcinolone is available as a topical cream, ointment, lotion, spray for use on the skin, and as a paste for use in the mouth. It is also available in injectable forms to be given directly into a muscle (IM), a joint (intra-articular) and the eye (intravitreal) by a healthcare professional.
Common side effects of triamcinolone include upset stomach, headache, insomnia, anxiety, depression, acne, increased hair growth, easy bruising, and irregular menstrual cycles.
Triamcinolone can also cause dizziness. Do not drive or operate heavy machinery until you know how triamcinolone affects you.
Uses of Triderm
Triamcinolone (topical) is a prescription medication used to treat inflammation, itching, redness, and discomfort associated with a variety of skin conditions.
Triamcinolone (injection) is used to treat inflammation associated with a variety of conditions, including allergies, diseases of the skin, endocrine disorders, inflammation of the intestines, blood disorders, kidney diseases, and diseases and inflammation of the eye.
This medication may be prescribed for other uses. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.
Tell your doctor about all the medicines you take, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. Especially tell your doctor if you take:
- Aminoglutethimide (Cytadren)
- Amphotericin B (Fungizone, Abelcet, AmBisome, Amphotec)
- Anticholinesterase agents such as donepezil (Aricept), rivastigmine (Exelon), and galantamine (Ryzadyne)
- Anticoagulants such as warfarin (Coumadin)
- Antidiabetic agents
- Cyclosporine (Neoral, Sandimmune)
- Digoxin (Lanoxin)
- Estrogens, including oral contraceptives
- Phenytoin (Dilantin)
- Carbamazepine (Tegretol)
- Rifampin (Rifadin)
- Ketoconazole (Nizoral)
- Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory agents such as aspirin, ibuprofen (Motrin), naproxen (Aleve), and celecoxib (Celebrex)
This is not a complete list of triamcinolone drug interactions. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.
Triderm and Lactation
Tell your doctor if you are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed.
Triamcinolone has been detected in human breast milk. Because of the possibility for adverse reactions in nursing infants from triamcinolone, a choice should be made whether to stop nursing or to stop use of this medication. The importance of the drug to the mother should be considered.
What is Triderm (triamcinolone topical)?
Triamcinolone is a topical steroid. It reduces the actions of chemicals in the body that cause inflammation.
Triamcinolone topical is used to treat the inflammation caused by a number of conditions such as allergic reactions, eczema, and psoriasis. The dental paste form of triamcinolone is used to treat mouth ulcers.
Triamcinolone topical may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
What happens if I miss a dose?
Use the missed dose as soon as you remember. Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next scheduled dose. Do not use extra medicine to make up the missed dose.
What happens if I overdose?
Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222, especially if anyone has accidentally swallowed this medicine. An overdose of triamcinolone topical applied to the skin is not expected to produce life-threatening symptoms.
Before Using Triderm
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 this medicine, the following should be considered:
Tell your doctor if you have ever had any unusual or allergic reaction to this medicine 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 this medicine'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 this medicine, 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 this medicine. 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.
Store at room temperature 20 o - 25 oC (68 o- 77 oF) [see USP Controlled Room Temperature]
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Crown Laboratories, Inc.
Johnson City, TN 37604
Revised: Sep 2017
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