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Aristocort (Generic Triamcinolone)

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Why is this medication prescribed?

A corticosteroid called triamcinolone is comparable to a hormone your adrenal glands naturally manufacture. When your body cannot produce enough of this chemical, it is frequently utilised to replace it. It treats specific types of arthritis, skin, blood, kidney, eye, thyroid, and intestinal problems (including colitis), severe allergies, and asthma by reducing inflammation (swelling, heat, redness, and discomfort). There are some cancers that can be treated with triamcinolone.

Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more details if you’re interested in using this drug for any other conditions.

How should this medicine be used?

Triamcinolone is available as a pill and syrup that must be swallowed. The ideal dosing regimen will be recommended by your doctor for you. Ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain any instructions on your prescription label that you are unsure about following.

Without consulting your doctor, do not stop taking triamcinolone. Loss of appetite, an upset stomach, vomiting, tiredness, disorientation, headaches, fevers, joint and muscle discomfort, peeling skin, and weight loss can all result from abruptly stopping the medicine. If you’ve been taking high amounts of a medication for a while, your doctor will likely gradually reduce your dosage to give your body time to adjust before totally quitting the medication. If you are gradually lowering your dose and after quitting the tablets or oral liquid, even if you convert to an inhalation, be on the lookout for these adverse effects. If any of these issues arise, contact your doctor right once. You might need to temporarily up your dosage of tablets or liquid or begin taking them again.

Follow the medication’s directions precisely. Never take it in larger or less amounts or more frequently than directed by your doctor.

What special precautions should I follow?

Before taking triamcinolone,

  • If you have any drug allergies, including those to aspirin, tartrazine (a yellow colour found in several processed foods and medications), or triamcinolone, let your doctor and pharmacist know right once.
  • Aspirin, cyclosporine (Neoral, Sandimmune), digoxin (Lanoxin), diuretics (‘water pills’), oestrogen (Premarin), ketoconazole (Nizoral), oral contraceptives, phenobarbital, phenytoin (Dilantin), rifampin (Rifadin), theophylline (Theo-Dur), and vitamins are examples of medications to mention to your doctor and pharmacist if you take.
  • Do not take triamcinolone if you have a fungal infection (other than one that is skin-related) without first consulting your doctor.
  • Inform your doctor if you now or ever had any of the following conditions: myasthenia gravis, osteoporosis, herpes eye infection, seizures, liver, kidney, intestinal, or cardiac problems; diabetes; an underactive thyroid gland; high blood pressure; or ulcers.
  • Inform your doctor if you are expecting, intend to get pregnant, or are nursing a baby. Call your doctor if you become pregnant while taking triamcinolone.
  • You should let your doctor or dentist know that you are taking triamcinolone if you are having surgery, including dental surgery.
  • Limit your use of alcoholic beverages while using this medication if you have a history of ulcers, take high doses of aspirin, or take another arthritis medication. Your stomach and intestines are more sensitive to the irritating effects of alcohol, aspirin, and some arthritis drugs while you use triamcinolone. Your chance of developing ulcers goes up as a result.

What special dietary instructions should I follow?

Your doctor could advise you to eat a diet high in protein, low in sodium, low in salt, and rich in potassium. Observe these guidelines.

A stomach discomfort may be brought on by triamcinolone. Use milk or meal when taking triamcinolone.

What should I do if I forget a dose?

Ask your doctor what to do if you forget a dosage when you first start taking triamcinolone. To remember these guidelines in the future, write them down.

Take the missing dose of triamcinolone right away if you take it once daily. If the next dose is soon due, skip the missed one and carry on with your regular dosing plan. To make up for a missing dose, do not take a second one.

What side effects can this medication cause?

There may be negative effects from triamcinolone. If any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away, let your doctor know right once:

  • Uneasy stomach
  • Anxiety in the stomach
  • Vomiting
  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Insomnia
  • Restlessness
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Acne
  • Increased development of hair
  • Simple bruising
  • Irregular or nonexistent menstruation

Call your doctor right away if you have any of the following symptoms:

  • A skin rash
  • Swelling of the face, ankles, or lower legs
  • Vision issues
  • A long-lasting cold or infection
  • Muscle tremor
  • Tarry or black stool

You or your doctor can submit a report to the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting programme online or by phone if you have a serious side event (1-800-332-1088).

What should I know about storage and disposal of this medication?

Keep this medication tightly closed in the original container and out of the reach of children. Store it away from excessive heat and moisture at room temperature (not in the bathroom).

Unused prescriptions must be disposed of carefully to prevent pets, kids, and other people from ingesting them. You should not, however, dispose of this medication in the toilet. Instead, utilising a medicine take-back programme is the easiest approach to get rid of your medication. To find out about take-back programmes in your area, speak with your pharmacist or the garbage/recycling department in your city. If you do not have access to a take-back programme, see the FDA’s Safe Disposal of Medicines website at for additional information.

As many containers (such as weekly pill minders and those for eye drops, creams, patches, and inhalers) are not child-resistant and are simple for young children to open, it is crucial to keep all medications out of sight and out of reach of children. Always lock safety caps and promptly stash medication up and away from young children where it is out of their sight and reach to prevent poisoning.

In case of emergency/overdose

Call the poison control hotline at 1-800-222-1222 in the event of an overdose. Additionally, information can be found online at Call 911 right once if the person has collapsed, experienced a seizure, is having difficulty breathing, or cannot be roused.

What other information should I know?

Keep all of your appointments with your physician and the lab. To determine how you are responding to triamcinolone, your doctor will request a few lab tests. Children should get checkups more frequently since triamcinolone can inhibit bone growth.

Carry a card that states that you may need to take more doses of triamcinolone when you are stressed out (note the entire dose you took before lowering it) (injuries, infections, and severe asthma attacks). Ask your doctor or pharmacist how to get this card. On the card, include your name, address, phone number, and a list of your health issues, medications and dosages, and doctor.

This medication increases your susceptibility to disease. Call your doctor if you contract measles, the chicken pox, or TB while taking triamcinolone. If you are taking triamcinolone, wait until your doctor says you can get a shot, another vaccine, or a skin test.

Report any wounds or infections that develop while receiving treatment, including fever, sore throat, urine pain, and muscular aches.

You could be told by your doctor to weigh yourself every day. Any unusual weight increase must be reported.

Call your doctor if your sputum (the substance you cough up during an asthma episode) thickens or changes from clear white to yellow, green, or grey; these changes could be indicators of an infection.

Triamcinolone may raise your blood sugar if you have diabetes. Test your blood or urine more frequently than normal if you monitor your blood sugar (glucose) at home. If your blood sugar is high or there is sugar in your urine, call your doctor right away. You may need to adjust your diet and the dosage of your diabetic medication.

No one else should take your medication. Any queries you may have regarding medication refills should be directed to your pharmacist.

You should keep a written record of every medication you take, including any over-the-counter (OTC) items, prescription drugs, and dietary supplements like vitamins and minerals. This list should be brought with you whenever you see a doctor or are admitted to the hospital. You should always have this information with you in case of emergencies.

Brand names

  • Aristocort®
  • Kenacort®
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