Triamcinolone Cream

Last reviewed on RxList: 2/19/2021
Triamcinolone Cream Side Effects Center

Medical Editor: John P. Cunha, DO, FACOEP

What Is Triamcinolone Cream?

Triamcinolone Acetonide (triamcinolone acetonide cream) is a topical corticosteroid prescribed to relieve skin inflammation, itching, dryness, and redness. Triamcinolone acetonide cream is available as a generic drug.

What Are Side Effects of Triamcinolone Cream?

Common side effects of triamcinolone acetonide cream include:

  • skin redness,
  • burning,
  • itching,
  • irritation,
  • excessive dryness,
  • peeling,
  • thinning of your skin,
  • blistering skin,
  • stretch marks, and
  • acne.

Tell your doctor if you experience serious side effects of triamcinolone acetonide cream including:

  • blurred vision,
  • seeing halos around lights,
  • uneven heartbeats,
  • mood changes,
  • sleep problems (insomnia),
  • weight gain,
  • puffiness in your face, or
  • feeling tired.

Dosage for Triamcinolone Cream

Triamcinolone Acetonide Cream is available in 0.1% strengths in 15, 30 and 80 g tubes and is applied two to four times a day, depending on the doctor's prescription. After Triamcinolone Acetonide Cream is applied, the affected area should not be covered unless directed by a doctor.

What Drugs, Substances, or Supplements Interact with Triamcinolone Cream?

Drug interactions may occur with certain cancer chemotherapy agents and other topical medications. Warnings may apply to individuals who have infections, certain eye conditions, circulatory disorders, or immune disorders.

Triamcinolone Cream During Pregnancy and Breastfeeding

Triamcinolone Acetonide Cream is generally avoided during pregnancy and women who are breastfeeding. In cases where the benefits of treatment outweigh the risks, Triamcinolone Acetonide Cream may be used with extreme caution in pregnant or women who are breastfeeding. Caution is advised when using the drug in pediatric patients as they have a greater susceptibility to corticosteroid-induced hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) suppression and Cushing's syndrome.

Additional Information

Our Triamcinolone Acetonide Cream 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.

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Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Call your doctor at once if you have:

  • worsening of your skin condition;
  • redness, warmth, swelling, oozing, or severe irritation of any treated skin;
  • blurred vision, tunnel vision, eye pain, or seeing halos around lights;
  • high blood sugar--increased thirst, increased urination, dry mouth, fruity breath odor; or
  • possible signs of absorbing this medicine through your skin or gums--weight gain (especially in your face or your upper back and torso), slow wound healing, thinning or discolored skin, increased body hair, muscle weakness, nausea, diarrhea, tiredness, mood changes, menstrual changes, sexual changes.

Children can absorb larger amounts of this medicine through the skin and may be more likely to have side effects such as growth delay, headaches, or pain behind the eyes. A baby using this medicine may have a bulging soft spot (the top of the head where the skull hasn't yet grown together).

Common side effects may include:

  • burning, itching, dryness, or other irritation of treated skin;
  • redness or crusting around your hair follicles;
  • redness or itching around your mouth;
  • allergic skin reaction;
  • stretch marks;
  • acne, increased body hair growth;
  • thinning skin or discoloration; or
  • white or "pruned" appearance of the skin (caused by covering treated skin with a tight bandage or other covering).

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.

Read the entire detailed patient monograph for Triamcinolone Cream (Triamcinolone Acetonide Cream)

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SIDE EFFECTS

The following local adverse reactions are reported infrequently with topical corticosteroids, but may occur more frequently with the use of occlusive dressings. These reactions are listed in an approximate decreasing order of occurrence:

Burning
Itching
Irritation
Dryness
Folliculitis
Hypertrichosis
Acneiform eruptions
Hypopigmentation
Perioral dermatitis
Allergic contact dermatitis
Maceration of the skin
Secondary infection
Skin atrophy Striae
Miliaria

Read the entire FDA prescribing information for Triamcinolone Cream (Triamcinolone Acetonide Cream)

© Triamcinolone Cream Patient Information is supplied by Cerner Multum, Inc. and Triamcinolone Cream Consumer information is supplied by First Databank, Inc., used under license and subject to their respective copyrights.

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