Triamcinolone Ointment Side Effects Center

Last updated on RxList: 2/25/2021
Triamcinolone Ointment Side Effects Center

What Is Triamcinolone Ointment?

Triamcinolone Acetonide (triamcinolone acetonide ointment) (Brand Names: Cinolar, Kenalog, Triderm) is a topical (for the skin) corticosteroid used to treat inflammation caused by conditions such as:

The dental paste form of triamcinolone acetonide is used to treat mouth ulcers. Triamcinolone acetonide ointment is available in generic form.

What Are Side Effects of Triamcinolone Ointment?

Common side effects of triamcinolone acetonide ointment include:

  • burning,
  • itching,
  • irritation,
  • redness,
  • peeling,
  • or dryness when first applied to the skin.

This should disappear in a few days as your body adjusts to triamcinolone acetonide ointment. Other side effects of triamcinolone acetonide ointment include thinning of your skin, blistering skin, or stretch marks.

Dosage for Triamcinolone Ointment

Apply to the affected area as a thin film in the following doses: Triamcinolone Acetonide Ointment, 0.025% two to four times daily; Triamcinolone Acetonide Ointment, 0.1% two or three times daily depending on the severity of the condition.

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

It is not likely other drugs you take orally or inject will have an effect on topically applied triamcinolone. Tell your doctor all prescription and over-the-counter medications and supplements you use.

Triamcinolone Ointment During Pregnancy and Breastfeeding

During pregnancy, triamcinolone should be used only when prescribed. It is unknown if this drug passes into breast milk when applied to the skin. Other medications in this class pass into breast milk when taken orally. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.

Additional Information

Our Triamcinolone Acetonide (triamcinolone acetonide ointment) 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.


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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 and miliaria.

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

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