Highlights for triamcinolone
Triamcinolone acetonide is an injected drug used to treat inflammation, fluid retention in certain conditions, cancer-related conditions, and to slow down your immune system.
Your doctor will decide a dose that’s right for you based on your needs. You’ll receive the injection at your doctor’s office.
This drug can decrease your body’s ability to fight infection. It may also mask the symptoms of an infection. Your risk is highest if you take large doses.
Common side effects include headache, increased sweating, trouble sleeping, unusual hair growth on your face or body, upset stomach, and nausea.
If you’ve been taking triamcinolone acetonide for a long time, don’t stop taking it suddenly. This can cause withdrawal symptoms that can last a long time.
What is triamcinolone?
Triamcinolone is an injected drug. It can only be given by a healthcare provider in a clinical setting.
Why it's used
Triamcinolone acetonide is used to treat inflammation, fluid retention in certain conditions, cancer-related conditions, and to slow down your immune system.
How it works
Triamcinolone acetonide belongs to a class of drugs called glucocorticoids or adrenocorticoids. It works in your body to prevent swelling and inflammation.
triamcinolone Side Effects
Most Common Side Effects
Common side effects that occur with triamcinolone acetonide include:
unusual hair growth on your face or body
skin changes, such as:
- dry, scaly skin
increased blood sugar levels in people with or without diabetes
injection site reactions
Serious Side Effects
If you experience any of these serious side effects, call your doctor right away. If your symptoms are potentially life threatening or if you think you’re experiencing a medical emergency, call 9-1-1.
allergic reaction. Symptoms may include:
- swelling of your face, lips, or tongue
infection. Symptoms may include:
- sores that don’t heal
heart problems. Symptoms may include:
- high blood pressure
- swelling of your feet or hands
- feeling unusually weak or tired
- breathing problems
stomach problems. Symptoms may include:
- black, tarry stools
- stomach pain
skin problems. Symptoms may include:
- lumpy or thin skin at the injection site
- unusual bruising or small, red spots on your skin
neurological problems. Symptoms may include:
- mood swings
changes in vision
pain in your back, hips, shoulders, or ribs
rounding of your face
Triamcinolone does not cause drowsiness.
Mild side effects may go away within a few days or a couple of weeks. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist if they’re more severe or don’t go way.
triamcinolone May Interact with Other Medications
Triamcinolone can interact with other medications, herbs, or vitamins you might be taking. Your healthcare provider will look out for interactions with your current medications. Always be sure to tell your doctor about all medications, herbs or vitamins you’re taking.
How to Take triamcinolone (Dosage)
Your doctor will determine a dose that’s right for you based on your individual needs. Your general health may affect your dose. Tell your doctor about all health conditions you have before your doctor or nurse administers the drug to you.
What to Do If You Miss a Dose
If you miss an appointment to receive your injection, call your doctor right away to reschedule it.
How to Tell the Drug Is Working
You may be able to tell this drug is working if you have less swelling, itching, or other symptoms of your condition.
This may be a short-term or long-term treatment.
How long you take it depends on the condition you’re treating.
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Content developed in collaboration with University of Illinois-Chicago, Drug Information Group
Medically reviewed by Creighton University, Center for Drug Information and Evidence-Based Practice on June 3, 2015