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Triamcinolone Cream vs. Mupirocin Cream

Medical and Pharmacy Editor:

Are Triamcinolone Cream and Mupirocin Cream the Same Thing?

Triamcinolone acetonide cream and mupirocin cream are topical medications used to treat skin conditions.

Triamcinolone acetonide cream is used to relieve skin inflammation, itching, dryness, and redness.

Mupirocin cream is indicated for the treatment of secondarily infected traumatic skin lesions due to susceptible isolates of Staphylococcus aureus and Streptococcus pyogenes.

Triamcinolone acetonide cream and mupirocin cream belong to different drug classes. Triamcinolone acetonide cream is a topical corticosteroid and mupirocin cream is an RNA synthetase inhibitor antibacterial.

Brand names for triamcinolone acetonide cream include Cinolar, Kenalog, Oralone, Pediaderm TA, Trianex, and Triderm.

Brand names for mupirocin cream include Bactroban and Centany.

What Are Possible Side Effects of Triamcinolone Cream?

Common side effects of Triamcinolone 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.

What Are Possible Side Effects of Mupirocin Cream?

Common side effects of Mupirocin Cream include:

  • headache,
  • rash,
  • nausea,
  • abdominal pain,
  • burning at application site,
  • severe bacterial skin infection (cellulitis),
  • skin inflammation or rash,
  • dizziness,
  • itching,
  • secondary wound infection, and
  • mouth sores.

Tell your doctor if you have serious side effects of mupirocin cream including:

  • severe allergic reactions (hives, trouble breathing, wheezing, swelling of your face/lips/mouth/tongue, dizziness, fast heartbeat or pounding in your chest, rash over your whole body),
  • eye irritation,
  • irritation in the area mupirocin cream is used, or
  • a type of diarrhea called clostridium difficile-associated diarrhea (CDAD).

What is Triamcinolone Cream?

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

What is Mupirocin Cream?

Mupirocin cream is an RNA synthetase inhibitor antibacterial indicated for the treatment of secondarily infected traumatic skin lesions (up to 10 cm in length or 100 cm2 in area) due to susceptible isolates of Staphylococcus aureus and Streptococcus pyogenes.

What Drugs 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 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.

What Drugs Interact With Mupirocin Cream?

Mupirocin cream may interact with other drugs. Tell your doctor all medications and supplements you use. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant before using mupirocin cream; it is unknown how it may affect a fetus. It is unknown if mupirocin cream passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breastfeeding.

How Should Triamcinolone Cream Be Taken?

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.

How Should Mupirocin Cream Be Taken?

Apply a small amount of mupirocin cream, with a cotton swab or gauze pad, to the affected are a 3 times daily for 10 days.

Reviewed on 9/13/2018

SOURCE:

DailyMed. Triamcinolone Cream Product Information.

https://dailymed.nlm.nih.gov/dailymed/drugInfo.cfm?setid=51fedf94-d94e-42b7-8e9f-e0e9b6bbd055

FDA. Bactroban (Mupirocin) Product Information.

https://www.accessdata.fda.gov/drugsatfda_docs/label/2015/050746s020lbl.pdf

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