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Triamcinolone Acetonide, Distilled Water Topical cream

What is this medicine?

TRIAMCINOLONE (trye am SIN oh lone) is a corticosteroid. It is used on the skin to reduce swelling, redness, itching, and allergic reactions.

How should I use this medicine?

This medicine is for external use only. Do not take by mouth. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Wash your hands before and after use. Apply a thin film of medicine to the affected area. Do not cover with a bandage or dressing unless your doctor or health care professional tells you to. Do not use on healthy skin or over large areas of skin. Do not get this medicine in your eyes. If you do, rinse out with plenty of cool tap water. It is important not to use more medicine than prescribed. Do not use your medicine more often than directed.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.

Elderly patients are more likely to have damaged skin through aging, and this may increase side effects. This medicine should only be used for brief periods and infrequently in older patients.

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:

  • burning or itching of the skin

  • dark red spots on the skin

  • infection

  • painful, red, pus filled blisters in hair follicles

  • thinning of the skin, sunburn more likely especially on the face

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

  • dry skin, irritation

  • unusual increased growth of hair on the face or body

What may interact with this medicine?

Interactions are not expected.

What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, use it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, use only that dose. 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 15 and 30 degrees C (59 and 86 degrees F). Do not freeze. Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.

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

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

  • diabetes

  • infection, like tuberculosis, herpes, or fungal infection

  • large areas of burned or damaged skin

  • skin wasting or thinning

  • 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?

Tell your doctor or health care professional if your symptoms do not start to get better within one week. Do not use for more than 14 days. Do not use on healthy skin or over large areas of skin. Tell your doctor or health care professional if you are exposed to anyone with measles or chickenpox, or if you develop sores or blisters that do not heal properly.

Do not use an airtight bandage to cover the affected area unless your doctor or health care professional tells you to. If you are to cover the area, follow the instructions carefully. Covering the area where the medicine is applied can increase the amount that passes through the skin and increases the risk of side effects.

If treating the diaper area of a child, avoid covering the treated area with tight-fitting diapers or plastic pants. This may increase the amount of medicine that passes through the skin and increase the risk of serious side effects.

Online Medical Reviewer: Louise Akin, RN, BSN
Online Medical Reviewer: Daphne Pierce-Smith, RN, MSN, FNP, CCRC
Date Last Reviewed: 2/27/2009
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