Triamcinolone can be used to treat many different conditions. These conditions include allergies, skin diseases, rheumatic diseases, ulcerative colitis, psoriasis and certain diseases of the respiratory system.


What is Triamcinolone?

Triamcinolone is a corticosteroid. It works by preventing the release of molecules that cause inflammation.


How should Triamcinolone be taken?

Depending on the disease that needs to be treated, triamcinolone may be administered orally, through inhalation or via injection (intra-articular, intravenous or subcutaneous).


If the doctor considers it necessary, the dosage of Triamcinolone can be adjusted during the course of treatment.


Side effects associated with Triamcinolone

Corticosteroids may weaken the immune system, thus increasing the risk of infections. It is important to contact a doctor immediately if you experience:


  • Rash
  • Urticaria
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Tightness in the chest
  • Swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue
  • Vision problems
  • Swelling, rapid weight gain and shortness of breath
  • Severe depression, strange thoughts or behavior and convulsions
  • Bloody stool or sputum
  • Pancreatitis
  • Low potassium levels
  • High blood pressure


Possible less severe side effects include the following:


  • Insomnia
  • Mood swings
  • Acne, dry or thin skin, bruising or discoloration of the skin
  • Slow wound healing
  • Excessive sweating
  • Headaches, stomach pain and swelling
  • Muscle weakness
  • Accumulation of fat on the arms, legs, face, neck, breasts and waist


Contraindications and warnings associated with the use of Triamcinolone

During treatment with triamcinolone, it is necessary to avoid contact with ill individuals. It is also not recommended to undergo "live vaccines".


Before starting treatment with this medication, it is important to tell your doctor if:


  • You have any allergies to the active substance, its excipients or any other drugs or food
  • You are taking any other medications, herbal remedies or supplements. Mentioning in particular:  aspirin, diuretics, anticoagulants, cyclosporine, insulin or antidiabetic drugs, ketoconazole, rifampin and anticonvulsants
  • You are suffering (or have suffered) from liver disease, kidney or thyroid disease, diabetes, malaria, tuberculosis, osteoporosis, muscle disorders, glaucoma, cataracts, ocular herpes, gastric ulcers, ulcerative colitis, diverticulitis, depression, psychiatric diseases, congestive heart failure or high blood pressure
  • You are pregnant or breast-feeding 


Treatment with the medication should not be stopped abruptly; otherwise it may bring about the need for abstinence.