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Triamcinolone - Indications, Dosage, Side Effects and Precautions

Written & Compiled by Anushta Chandrapalan, M.Sc  | Medically Reviewed by The Medindia Medical Review Team
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Information about Triamcinolone

Generic Name : Triamcinolone
Pronunciation : trye- am -sin'- oh- lone
Latest prescription information about Triamcinolone. Learn how to pronounce the drug's name, its indications, dosage, how to take, when to take, when not to take, side effects, special precautions, warnings and its storage instructions . Also listed are the International and Indian trade name(s) of the drug and its price list.
ICD Code : Y42.0 | Therapeutic Classification : Hormones

Trade Names/Brand Names of Triamcinolone

India : 


International : 

Aristocort, Aristopak

Why is Triamcinolone Prescribed? (Indications)

This medication is a corticosteroid, prescribed for arthritis, skin, blood, kidney, eye, thyroid and intestinal disorders, severe allergies and asthma. It prevents the release of substances in the body that cause inflammation.

When should Triamcinolone not be taken? (Contraindications)

Contraindicated in patients with low platelet counts and hypersensitivity.

What is the dosage of Triamcinolone?

PO- The recommended dose range is 4 to 32mg/day.
IM/IV- The recommended dose range is 5 to 40mg/day.

How should Triamcinolone be taken?

It comes as a tablet and oral liquid to take by mouth, with food. It also comes as a solution for injection to be administered by a healthcare provider into the vein or muscle.

What are the warnings and precautions for Triamcinolone?

• Caution should be exercised in patients with history of liver, kidney, intestinal, heart disease, diabetes, under active thyroid gland, high blood pressure, mental illness, myasthenia gravis, osteoporosis, herpes eye infection, seizures, tuberculosis (TB), ulcer, any allergy, who are taking other medications, during pregnancy and breastfeeding.

• Avoid alcohol consumption.

• Avoid contact with people who have infection.

• It may affect blood sugar level; monitor sugar level regularly.

• Monitor body weight and heart function regularly while taking this medication.

What are the side effects of Triamcinolone?

   Allergic Reactions : Anaphylactoid reactions and angioedema.
   Heart : Slow/fast heart rate, heart block, heart enlargement, poor blood circulation, fat accumulation, high blood pressure, heart attack, fainting, lung swelling and blood clots.
   Skin : Pimples, skin inflammation, dry scaly skin, redness, pigmentation, impaired wound healing, increased sweating, rash, thin fragile skin, thinning of scalp hair and hives.
   Metabolic : Abnormal hair growth and menstrual regularities.
   Gastrointestinal : Abdominal distention, bowel/bladder dysfunction, elevation in serum liver enzyme level, liver enlargement, increased appetite, nausea, peptic ulcer and stomach bleeding.
   Musculoskeletal : Necrosis of thighbone, joint pain/inflammation, loss of muscle mass and muscle weakness.
   Central Nervous System : Convulsions, depression, emotional instability, emotional state, headache, stroke, sleeplessness, mood swings, nerve disease, tingling, personality changes and psychic disorders.
   Eye : Increased eye pressure.
   Miscellaneous : Abnormal fat deposits, decreased resistance to infection, hiccups, increased or decreased motility and sperm numbers, uneasiness, moon face and weight gain.

What are the other precautions for Triamcinolone?

Avoid vaccination.

What are the storage conditions for Triamcinolone?

Store it at room temperature (25°C) and in an airtight container. Keep away from children.

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