Triamcinolone (Topical)

Triamcinolone (On The Skin)

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

Treats skin irritation, allergic reactions, and other types of skin problems.Belongs to a class of drugs called corticosteroids.

Brand Name(s):
Aristocort A, Triacet, Triamcot, Triderm, Kenalog, Cinolar
There may be other brand names for this medicine.

When This Medicine Should Not Be Used:

You should not use this medicine if you have had an allergic reaction to fluocinonide, hydrocortisone, triamcinolone (Aristocortreg;), betamethasone (Valisonereg;), or clobetasol (Temovatereg;).

How to Use This Medicine:

Cream, Ointment, Lotion

  • Your doctor will tell you how much to take and how often.  
  • Use on the skin only.  
  • Put a thin layer on the affected area. Rub in gently.  
  • Do not cover the treated area of your skin with a bandage unless your doctor tells you to.

If a dose is missed:

  • Use the missed dose as soon as possible.  
  • Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next regular dose.  
  • Do not put on two doses at the same time.

How to Store and Dispose of This Medicine:

  • Store at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light. 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  • Ask your pharmacist, doctor, or health caregiver about the best way to dispose of any outdated medicine or medicine no longer needed.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.

Drugs and Foods to Avoid:

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

  • Unless approved by your doctor, do not mix or use other skin medicines with this medicine.

Warnings While Using This Medicine:

  • If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, talk to your doctor before using this medicine.  
  • Make sure your doctor knows if you have glaucoma, tuberculosis, diabetes, chickenpox, or an infection of the skin before you use this medicine.  
  • You should not use in or around your eyes.  
  • Do not put this medicine on your face or neck unless your doctor tells you to do so.  
  • If this medicine is used on the diaper area of a child, avoid using tight-fitting diapers or plastic pants.  
  • You should not use this medicine for other skin conditions without first checking with your doctor or pharmacist.

Possible Side Effects While Using This Medicine:

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

  • Severe itching, burning, or skin irritation  
  • Redness, swelling, drainage, or pus from the area or other signs of infection.

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

  • Mild, temporary stinging  
  • Irritation, burning, redness, or dryness of skin  
  • Raised spots on skin  
  • Thinning of skin or bruising  
  • Poor healing of skin  
  • Acne-like skin changes

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Revision date: June 11, 2011
Last revised: by David A. Scott, M.D.

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