Triamcinolone (Injection)

Triamcinolone (Injection)

Triamcinolone (trye-am-SIN-oh-lone)

Treats inflammation, certain types of arthritis, and many other medical problems. Belongs to a class of drugs called corticosteroids.

Brand Name(s):

Kenalog-10, Kenalog-40, Triam-Forte, Triamcot, Aristocort Forte, Clinacort, Aristocort, Aristospan
There may be other brand names for this medicine.

When This Medicine Should Not Be Used:

Do not use this medicine if you have ever had an allergic reaction to triamcinolone. You should not use triamcinolone if you have a fungal infection.

How to Use This Medicine:

Injectable

     
  • Your doctor will prescribe your exact dose and tell you how often it should be given.  
  • This medicine may be given into the buttocks, upper arm, thigh, or other large muscle. This is called an IM, or intramuscular (in-tra-MUSS-cue-lar) injection.  
  • This medicine may be given into a joint such as a knee or shoulder. This is called an intraarticular (in-tra-are-TIC-you-lar) injection.

If a dose is missed:

     
  • This medicine needs to be given on a regular schedule. If you miss a dose, call your doctor for instructions.

How to Store and Dispose of This Medicine:

     
  • If you have your treatments at a clinic, the staff at the clinic will keep your medicine there.  
  • If you have your treatments at home, you may need to store your medicine. Keep the medicine at room temperature, away from heat. Do not freeze.  
  • Ask your pharmacist, doctor, or health caregiver about the best way to dispose of any outdated medicine or medicine no longer needed.  
  • Keep all medicine out of the reach of children.  
  • If you have your treatments at home, you should be given a special container for the used needles. Keep it where children or pets cannot reach it.

Drugs and Foods to Avoid:

Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.

     
  • Make sure your doctor knows if you are also taking insulin, diuretics (water pills), phenobarbital, phenytoin (Dilantinreg;), rifampin, Coumadinreg;, or estrogen.  
  • Talk to your doctor before getting any vaccines (such as flu shots).

Warnings While Using This Medicine:

     
  • If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, talk with your doctor before using this medicine.  
  • Before using triamcinolone, let your doctor know if you have liver or thyroid problems, diabetes, cataracts, glaucoma, or herpes simplex that affects your eyes.  
  • Avoid getting this medicine in your eyes, nose, mouth, or on your skin.  
  • It may be easier for you to get an infection while you are receiving triamcinolone. Avoid crowded places or being near people who are sick.  
  • If you are exposed to chickenpox or measles, tell your doctor right away.  
  • Make sure any doctor or dentist who treats you knows that you are taking triamcinolone.

Possible Side Effects While Using This Medicine:

Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:

     
  • Black or tarry stools  
  • Muscle weakness or cramps  
  • Unexplained fever, sore throat

If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:

     
  • Fluid retention, weight gain  
  • Restlessness, anxiety, mood changes  
  • Sweating  
  • Redness of the face  
  • Easy bruising, small purple spots on your skin  
  • Thinning skin, acne  
  • Increased hair growth  
  • Irregular menstrual periods

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Copyright 1996-2014 Cerner Multum, Inc. Version: 16.02.
Revision date: July 9, 2011
Last revised: by Dave R. Roger, M.D.

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