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Triamcinolone Acetonide Inhaler

What is this medicine?

TRIAMCINOLONE (trye am SIN oh lone) is a corticosteroid. This medicine is used to reduce and control the symptoms of asthma. It does not provide instant relief and cannot be used to treat a sudden asthma attack.

How should I use this medicine?

This medicine is for inhalation through the mouth. Rinse your mouth with water after use. Make sure not to swallow the water. Follow the directions on your prescription label. Make sure that you are using your inhaler correctly. This medicine works best if used regularly. Do not use more than directed. Do not stop taking except on your doctor's advice.

You will get an information sheet with each prescription and refill. Read this sheet carefully each time. This sheet may change.

Do not use this medicine to treat an asthma attack that has already started. It will not work. Therefore, you should always have your quick relief medicine with you to treat an asthma attack. Talk with your doctor about what you should do if you have an asthma attack.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed. This medicine has been used in children as young as 6 years old.

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:

  • allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue

  • flu-like symptoms

  • increased wheezing or difficulty breathing

  • sores or white patches in the mouth

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

  • back pain

  • diarrhea or vomiting

  • dry mouth

  • headache

  • sinus problems

  • swelling or weight gain

  • throat irritation

What may interact with this medicine?

Do not take this medicine with any of the following medications:

  • mifepristone

This medicine may also interact with the following medications:

  • aspirin

  • other steroid medicines

  • vaccines and other immunization products

What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, use it as soon as you can. Space the remaining doses for that day at regular intervals. Do not use double or extra doses.

Where should I keep my medicine?

Keep out of the reach of children.

Store at room temperature between 20 and 25 degrees C (68 and 77 degrees F). Do not puncture the container. Never throw into a fire or incinerator. Throw away any unused medicine after 240 sprays or after the expiration date, whichever comes first.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:

  • chronic disease

  • infection like tuberculosis, herpes or others

  • taking corticosteroids by mouth

  • an unusual or allergic reaction to triamcinolone, corticosteroids, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives

  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant

  • breast-feeding

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Visit your doctor or health care professional for regular checks on your progress. If you are diabetic, check your blood sugar as directed. Tell your doctor if your symptoms do not improve or if your asthma gets worse. If you find that your medicine becomes less effective in treating your asthma, contact your doctor as soon as possible. Carry an identification card with your name, the type and dose of medicine, and your doctor's name and address.

Do not come in contact with people who have chickenpox or the measles while you are taking this medicine. If you do, call your doctor right away.

Online Medical Reviewer: Louise Akin, RN, BSN
Online Medical Reviewer: Daphne Pierce-Smith, RN, MSN, FNP, CCRC
Date Last Reviewed: 6/5/2014
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