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Nystatin, Triamcinolone Acetonide Topical ointment
Generic Name: nystatin topical
What is this medicine?NYSTATIN; TRIAMCINOLONE (nye STAT in; trye am SIN oh lone) is a combination of an antifungal medicine and a steroid. It is used to treat certain kinds of fungal or yeast infections of the skin.
What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
- large areas of burned or damaged skin
- skin wasting or thinning
- peripheral vascular disease or poor circulation
- an unusual or allergic reaction to nystatin, triamcinolone, other corticosteroids, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
- pregnant or trying to get pregnant
How should I use this medicine?This medicine is for external use only. Do not take by mouth. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Wash your hands before and after use. If treating hand or nail infections, wash hands before use only. Apply a thin layer of this medicine to the affected area and rub in gently. Do not use on healthy skin or over large areas of skin. Do not get this medicine in your eyes. If you do, rinse out with plenty of cool tap water. When applying to the groin area, apply a limited amount and do not use for longer than 2 weeks unless directed to by your doctor or health care professional. Do not cover or wrap the treated area with an airtight bandage (such as a plastic bandage). Use the full course of treatment prescribed, even if you think the infection is getting better. Use at regular intervals. Do not use your medicine more often than directed. Do not use this medicine for any condition other than the one for which it was prescribed.
Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. While this drug may be prescribed for selected conditions, precautions do apply. Children being treated in the diaper area should not wear tight-fitting diapers or plastic pants.
Elderly patients are more likely to have damaged skin through aging, and this may increase side effects. This medicine should only be used for brief periods and infrequently in older patients.
What if I miss a dose?If you miss a dose, use it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, use only that dose. Do not use double or extra doses.
What may interact with this medicine?Interactions are not expected. Do not use any other skin products on the affected area without telling your doctor or health care professional.
What should I watch for while using this medicine?Tell your doctor or health care professional if your symptoms do not start to get better within 1 week when treating the groin area or within 2 weeks when treating the feet. .
Tell your doctor or health care professional if you develop sores or blisters that do not heal properly. If your skin infection returns after stopping this medicine, contact your doctor or health care professional.
If you are using this medicine to treat an infection in the groin area, do not wear underwear that is tight-fitting or made from synthetic fibers such as rayon or nylon. Instead, wear loose-fitting, cotton underwear. Also dry the area completely after bathing.
What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
- burning or itching of the skin
- dark red spots on the skin
- loss of feeling on skin
- painful, red, pus-filled blisters in hair follicles
- skin infection
- thinning of the skin or sunburn: more likely if applied to the face
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
- dry or peeling skin
- skin irritation
Where should I keep my medicine?Keep out of the reach of children.
Store at room temperature between 15 and 30 degrees C (59 and 86 degrees F). Do not freeze. Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.
Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.