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Triamcinolone: Uses, Dosage Forms, and Side Effects

Written and medically reviewed by Dorcas Morak, Pharm.D

Updated on May 17th, 2023

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Written and medically reviewed by Dorcas Morak, PharmD

Triamcinolone (Kenalog) is a prescription steroid used to treat several skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, and skin allergies. It is available in various dosage forms, including cream, ointment, lotion, and spray, as well as a dental paste for mouth sores. Common brands of triamcinolone include Trianex, Triderm, Kenalog, Tritocin, and Triasil.

To relieve skin rash and irritations, triamcinolone is indicated for itching, irritation, scaling, and more. It works as an anti-inflammatory agent by reducing the release of inflammatory chemicals that cause swelling, itchiness, and redness. Triamcinolone can also limit the production of new skin cells, which can reduce the number of scales in some skin conditions, such as psoriasis. Additionally, it can suppress the immune response, making it effective for certain skin issues, including eczema.

What dosage forms of triamcinolone are available?

The dosage forms of triamcinolone include lotion, nasal spray, cream, paste, ointment, and vial. The typical dosing depends on the dosage form and severity of the condition. For instance, you should apply a small amount of triamcinolone topical cream 2 to 3 times daily on the affected area. However, you should only limit triamcinolone application to a small area to minimize the risk of side effects.

Specific dosage forms of triamcinolone may be more suitable or work better for your condition than others. For example, ointments are more suitable for dry skin, while creams are easier to rub over hairy areas or oily skin. You may prefer spray if you don't want your hand to touch the medication. Also, dental paste is used for mouth sores only.

What warnings and side effects should I know about triamcinolone?

It is not recommended to apply triamcinolone to a wide area of skin due to increased absorption and potential side effects. The appropriate dosage form for your condition should be considered, such as ointments for dry skin and creams for hairy or oily skin. It is important to avoid using triamcinolone on broken skin or near the eyes, nose, or ears. Covering the treated area with a bandage should only be done under the direction of a healthcare provider. Common side effects include burning, itching, and skin irritation, while more serious side effects like changes in skin color and thinning skin should be monitored and reported to your doctor if they persist. Find information on additional side effects here.

How much does triamcinolone cost?

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