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Generic Name:

triamcinolone, Injectable suspension

Generic Name:
Aristocort,Aristocort Forte,Aristospan,Kenalog,Triesence

triamcinolone, Injectable suspension

All Brands

  • Aristocort (Discontinued)
  • Aristocort Forte (Discontinued)
  • Aristospan
  • Kenalog
  • Triesence
A discontinued drug is a drug that has been taken off the market due to safety issues, shortage of raw materials, or low market demand.
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Highlights for triamcinolone

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Common side effects include headache, increased sweating, trouble sleeping, unusual hair growth on your face or body, upset stomach, and nausea.

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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.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

May raise risk of infection

Triamcinolone acetonide may make it easier for you to get an infection. Your risk is highest if you take large doses.

Don’t get a live vaccine while you’re taking this drug. Examples of live vaccines include the live flu vaccine and shingles vaccine.

Also be careful with inactivated vaccines. If you’re taking large doses, your body may not get the full benefit from an inactivated vaccine. You may need higher doses or more frequent booster shots.

If you haven’t had chickenpox or measles, stay away from people who have these conditions while you’re taking this drug. Becoming infected can be fatal. If you come into contact with someone who’s infected, call your doctor right away.

May weaken infection response

This drug can weaken your body’s response to infection. It may also make it harder for you to know that you have an infection. Your body may have a more difficult time fighting an infection, even with treatment. If you have signs of an infection, don’t use this drug unless your doctor tells you to.

Warning for stopping the drug

If you’ve been taking this medication for a long time, don’t stop taking it suddenly. Doing so can cause withdrawal symptoms that can last a long time. Signs of withdrawal include fever, muscle and joint pain, and discomfort. To prevent withdrawal, your doctor will slowly lower your dose of the drug over time or have you take it less often.

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.

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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.

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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.

It’s approved for:

  • inflammation in:
    • rheumatic conditions, including:
      • gouty arthritis
      • rheumatic carditis
      • ankylosing spondylitis
      • psoriatic arthritis
      • rheumatoid arthritis (including juvenile rheumatoid arthritis)
      • dermatomyositis
      • polymyositis
      • systemic lupus erythematosus
    • eye conditions, including allergic and inflammatory conditions.
    • stomach or intestinal disorders, including:
      • ulcerative colitis
      • regional enteritis
    • endocrine disorders, including:
      • primary or secondary adrenocortical insufficiency
      • congenital adrenal hyperplasia
      • inflammation of the thyroid (nonsuppurative thyroiditis)
    • respiratory conditions, including:
      • berylliosis
      • idiopathic eosinophilic pneumonias
      • symptomatic sarcoidosis
    • infections, including:
      • fulminating-disseminated pulmonary tuberculosis
      • meningitis in tuberculosis
      • muscle or heart inflammation in roundworm infections (trichinosis)
    • slowing down your immune system in:
      • skin disorders, including
        • bullous dermatitis herpetiformis
        • exfoliative erythroderma
        • mycosis fungoides
        • pemphigus
        • severe erythema multiforme (Stevens-Johnson syndrome)
      • allergies, including:
        • asthma
        • atopic dermatitis
        • contact dermatitis
        • drug hypersensitivity reactions
        • perennial or seasonal allergic rhinitis
        • serum sickness
        • transfusion reactions
      • blood disorders, including:
        • acquired (autoimmune) hemolytic anemia
        • Diamond-Blackfan anemia
        • pure red cell aplasia
        • selected cases of secondary thrombocytopenia
    • fluid retention (edema) in:
      • nephrotic syndrome
      • brain tumor
      • brain surgery
    • cancer-related conditions, including:
      • leukemia
      • lymphoma
      • hypercalcemia associated with cancer

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. The drug decreases the number of white blood cells in your body, which can lower your immune system.

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triamcinolone Side Effects

Injectable suspension

Most Common Side Effects

Common side effects that occur with triamcinolone acetonide include:

  • headache

  • increased sweating

  • trouble sleeping

  • unusual hair growth on your face or body

  • upset stomach

  • nausea

  • skin changes, such as:

    • acne
    • rash
    • dry, scaly skin
  • increased appetite

  • increased blood sugar levels in people with or without diabetes

  • injection site reactions

  • weight gain

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:

    • rash
    • itching
    • hives
    • swelling of your face, lips, or tongue
  • infection. Symptoms may include:

    • fever
    • 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:

    • confusion
    • depression
    • excitement
    • mood swings
    • dizziness
    • seizures
  • changes in vision

  • pain in your back, hips, shoulders, or ribs

  • rounding of your face

Pharmacist's Advice
Clinical Associate Professor, University of Illinois at Chicago College of Pharmacy

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.

Disclaimer: Our goal is to provide you with the most relevant and current information. However, because drugs affect each person differently, we cannot guarantee that this information includes all possible side effects. This information is not a substitute for medical advice. Always discuss possible side effects with a healthcare provider who knows your medical history.
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triamcinolone May Interact with Other Medications

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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.

Disclaimer: Our goal is to provide you with the most relevant and current information. However, because drugs interact differently in each person, we cannot guarantee that this information includes all possible interactions. This information is not a substitute for medical advice. Always speak with your healthcare provider about possible interactions with all prescription drugs, vitamins, herbs and supplements, and over-the-counter drugs that you are taking.
Triamcinolone Warnings
infections
People with infections

This drug weakens your body’s response to infection. It can mask the symptoms of an infection and increase the risk of new infections. These infections can be fatal. Your risk is highest if you take large doses of the drug.

osteoporosis
People with osteoporosis

Taking this medication long term can make your osteoporosis worse. It can weaken your bones and increase your risk of fractures. This is especially true in women who are frail or elderly.

diabetes
People with diabetes

This drug can increase your blood sugar levels. It may cause you to develop diabetes or worsen your blood sugar control if you have diabetes. You’ll need to monitor your blood sugar closely while you’re taking this drug.

glaucoma
People with glaucoma

Triamcinolone acetonide can increase the pressure in your eyes. This may cause you to develop glaucoma or worsen the control of your glaucoma. The pressure in your eyes will be checked regularly while you take this drug.

stomach or intestinal problems
People with stomach or intestinal problems

This drug can irritate your stomach or intestines, which can make your stomach or intestinal problems worse. It may cause a stomach ulcer. Don’t use triamcinolone acetonide if you have an ulcer.

liver problems
People with liver problems

This drug is broken down by your liver. If you have severe liver disease you may have a bigger effect from triamcinolone acetonide.

thyroid problems
People with thyroid problems

If you have low thyroid function, you may have a bigger effect from triamcinolone acetonide.

seizures
People with seizures

This drug may cause seizures. Your doctor will monitor you to make sure it doesn’t worsen your seizures.

mental health problems
People with mental health problems

Triamcinolone acetonide may cause mood shifts, personality changes, depression, and hallucinations. It can make these problems worse if you already have them. Your doctor may need to make changes to medicines that you use to treat these conditions.

congestive heart failure
People with congestive heart failure

This medicine makes your body hold on to water and salt. You may need to eat a low-salt diet to stop triamcinolone acetonide from making your heart failure worse. Your doctor may change the doses of your heart failure drugs.

insomnia
People with insomnia

Triamcinolone acetonide may cause insomnia or make it worse.

history of heart attack
People with a history of heart attack

If you’ve had a heart attack, you may be at greater risk of heart problems. Use this drug with caution if you’ve had a heart attack recently.

Cushing's syndrome
People with Cushing's syndrome

This drug can cause or Cushing’s syndrome or make it worse. Don’t use this medication if you have this disorder.

low potassium
People with low potassium

Large doses of triamcinolone acetonide may increase the amount of potassium that leaves your body through urine. If you have low potassium levels, this drug may lower them more. Your doctor will check your potassium levels while you’re taking triamcinolone acetonide. You may need to take potassium supplements.

pregnant women
Pregnant women

Triamcinolone acetonide is a pregnancy category C drug. That means two things:

  1. Research in animals has shown adverse effects to the fetus when the mother takes the drug.
  2. There haven’t been enough studies done in humans to be certain how the drug might affect the fetus.

Tell your doctor if you’re pregnant or plan to become pregnant. Triamcinolone should be used during pregnancy only if the potential benefit justifies the potential risk to the fetus.

breastfeeding
Women who are nursing

Triamcinolone acetonide may pass into breast milk. This could lead to delayed growth in your child or interfere with your child’s normal hormone and corticosteroid production.

You and your doctor may need to decide if you’ll take triamcinolone acetate or breastfeed.

seniors
For Seniors

Seniors may be more sensitive to the effects of triamcinolone acetonide.

children
For Children

Triamcinolone acetonide injection contains benzyl alcohol. This preservative has been linked to serious side effects in children, especially pre-term infants. The effect of can be fatal.

This drug can delay growth and development in children and infants. Your child’s growth will be monitored by your doctor if your child needs to take this medicine.

allergies
Allergies

Don’t take triamcinolone acetonide if you’ve ever had an allergic reaction to it, any of its ingredients, or other glucocorticoids.

If you have an allergic reaction to triamcinolone acetonide, there is a chance you may react to other corticosteroids.

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How to Take triamcinolone (Dosage)

Injectable suspension

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.

Disclaimer: Our goal is to provide you with the most relevant and current information. However, because drugs affect each person differently, we cannot guarantee that this list includes all possible dosages. This information is not a substitute for medical advice. Always to speak with your doctor or pharmacist about dosages that are right for you.
Pharmacist's Advice
Clinical Associate Professor, University of Illinois at Chicago College of Pharmacy

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.

Can I Drive Home After?

You may need a ride home or help moving. Whether you need help may depend on the condition you’re treating. For example, if you’re receiving an injection into your joint for arthritis, you may not be allowed to put stress on the joint, even if it’s feeling better.

Ask your doctor how much you can do while your joint is healing.

Travel

Traveling may affect your dosing schedule. This injection can only be given by a healthcare provider. If you plan to travel, talk to your doctor about your medication schedule before you leave.

Clinical Monitoring

Your doctor will monitor your dosage closely while you’re taking triamcinolone acetonide. They will keep you at the lowest dose possible to treat your condition.

To check for potential side effects, your doctor may check:

  • blood pressure
  • weight
  • temperature
  • blood sugar levels
  • blood potassium levels
  • blood sodium levels
  • color of your stool
  • swelling
  • if you have a wound that isn’t healing
  • your mood

If you’re taking triamcinolone acetonide for a long time, your doctor will check:

  • eye exam for cataracts and pressure in your eye
  • growth in children

To check if you may have greater effect from triamcinolone acetonide, your doctor may check your:

  • thyroid function
  • liver function

Your Diet

This drug may cause you to retain salt and water. It can also change how your body handles carbohydrates and proteins. You may need to limit the amount of salt and carbohydrates you eat, take potassium supplements, and eat a high protein diet. Speak with your doctor or pharmacist before making any major changes in your diet.

Insurance

To ensure appropriate and safe use, many insurance companies will require prior authorization before they approve the prescription and pay for this drug.

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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

Disclaimer: Healthline has made every effort to make certain that all information is factually correct, comprehensive, and up-to-date. However, this article should not be used as a substitute for the knowledge and expertise of a licensed healthcare professional. You should always consult your doctor or other healthcare professional before taking any medication. The drug information contained herein is subject to change and is not intended to cover all possible uses, directions, precautions, warnings, drug interactions, allergic reactions, or adverse effects. The absence of warnings or other information for a given drug does not indicate that the drug or drug combination is safe, effective, or appropriate for all patients or all specific uses.
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