Medical Editor: John P. Cunha, DO, FACOEP
Aristospan (triamcinolone hexacetonide) is a steroid that is injected into the joint space to treat inflammation of the joints or tendons to treat arthritis, bursitis, or epicondylitis (tennis elbow). Aristospan is usually given in these conditions only as a short-term treatment of a severe or aggravated episode. Aristospan is also injected into soft tissues of the body to treat certain skin disorders caused by autoimmune conditions such as lupus, psoriasis, lichen planus, and others. Common side effects of Aristospan include:
- appetite changes
- stomach or side pain
- sleep problems (insomnia)
- other skin changes
- a wound that is slow to heal
- thinning hair
- bruising or swelling
- sweating more than usual, or
- rregular menstrual periods
The initial dosage of Aristospan may vary from 2 to 48 mg per day depending on the specific disease entity being treated. Aristospan may interact with birth control pills or hormone replacement therapy, blood thinners, cyclosporine, digoxin, insulin or oral diabetes medications, isoniazid, rifampin, seizure medications, antibiotics, aspirin or other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), or "live" vaccines. Tell your doctor all medications and supplements you use and all vaccines you recently received. It is unknown if Aristospan injection will harm a fetus. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant while using this medication. This drug can pass into breast milk and may harm a nursing baby. Do not breastfeed while using Aristospan injection.
Our Aristospan (triamcinolone hexacetonide) Side Effects Drug Center provides a comprehensive view of available drug information on the potential side effects when taking this medication.
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Call your doctor at once if you have a serious side effect such as:
- fast, slow, or uneven heart rate;
- feeling short of breath, even with mild exertion;
- swelling, rapid weight gain;
- dangerously high blood pressure (severe headache, buzzing in your ears, anxiety, confusion, chest pain);
- problems with your vision;
- eye swelling, redness, discomfort, or drainage (may be signs of infection);
- severe depression, changes in mood or behavior;
- seizure (convulsions); or
- muscle pain, tenderness, or weakness.
Less serious side effects may include:
- nausea, bloating, appetite changes;
- stomach or side pain;
- headache, sleep problems (insomnia);
- acne, scaling, or other skin changes;
- a wound that is slow to heal;
- thinning hair;
- bruising or swelling;
- sweating more than usual; or
- irregular menstrual periods.
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Tell your doctor about any unusual or bothersome side effect. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
Read the entire detailed patient monograph for Aristospan Injection 5 (Triamcinolone Hexacetonide Injection 5 mg)
(listed alphabetically, under each subsection)
Bradycardia, cardiac arrest, cardiac arrhythmias, cardiac enlargement, circulatory collapse, congestive heart failure, fat embolism, hypertension, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy in premature infants, myocardial rupture following recent myocardial infarction (see WARNINGS), pulmonary edema, syncope, tachycardia, thromboembolism, thrombophlebitis, vasculitis.
Acne, allergic dermatitis, cutaneous and subcutaneous atrophy, dry scaly skin, ecchymoses and petechiae, edema, erythema, hyperpigmentation, hypopigmentation, impaired wound healing, increased sweating, rash, sterile abscess, striae, suppressed reactions to skin tests, thin fragile skin, thinning scalp hair, urticaria.
Decreased carbohydrate and glucose tolerance, development of cushingoid state, glycosuria, hirsutism, hypertrichosis, increased requirements for insulin or oral hypoglycemic agents in diabetics, manifestations of latent diabetes mellitus, menstrual irregularities, secondary adrenocortical and pituitary unresponsiveness (particularly in times of stress, as in trauma, surgery, or illness), suppression of growth in pediatric patients.
Fluid And Electrolyte Disturbances
Abdominal distention, bowel/bladder dysfunction (after intrathecal administration), elevation in serum liver enzyme levels (usually reversible upon discontinuation), hepatomegaly, increased appetite, nausea, pancreatitis, peptic ulcer with possible perforation and hemorrhage, perforation of the small and large intestine (particularly in patients with inflammatory bowel disease), ulcerative esophagitis.
Aseptic necrosis of femoral and humeral heads, calcinosis (following intra-articular or intralesional use), Charcot-like arthropathy, loss of muscle mass, muscle weakness, osteoporosis, pathologic fracture of long bones, postinjection flare (following intra-articular use), steroid myopathy, tendon rupture, vertebral compression fractures.
Convulsions, depression, emotional instability, euphoria, headache, increased intracranial pressure with papilledema (pseudotumor cerebri) usually following discontinuation of treatment, insomnia, mood swings, neuritis, neuropathy, paresthesia, personality changes, psychic disorders, vertigo. Arachnoiditis, meningitis, paraparesis/paraplegia, and sensory disturbances have occurred after intrathecal administration (see WARNINGS: Infections: Neurologic).
Read the entire FDA prescribing information for Aristospan Injection 5 (Triamcinolone Hexacetonide Injection 5 mg)
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