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Triamcinolone vs. Nizoral, Extina, Xolegel, Kuric (Ketoconazole)

Reviewed on 6/20/2019

Are Triamcinolone and Ketoconazole the Same Thing?

Triamcinolone acetonide ointment and ketoconazole cream are topical (for the skin) medications used to treat different skin conditions.

Triamcinolone acetonide ointment is used to relieve skin inflammation, itching, dryness, and redness caused by conditions such as allergic reactions, eczema, and psoriasis. The dental paste form of triamcinolone acetonide is used to treat mouth ulcers.

Ketoconazole cream is used to treat fungal infections of the skin such as athlete's foot, jock itch, ringworm, and seborrhea (dry, flaking skin). Ketoconazole topical is available as a cream, gel, and shampoo. The shampoo is used for the treatment of dandruff.

Brand names for triamcinolone acetonide ointment include Cinolar, Kenalog, and Triderm.

Brand names for ketoconazole cream include Extina, Kuric, Nizoral A-D, Nizoral Topical, and Xolegel.

Triamcinolone acetonide ointment and ketoconazole cream belong to different drug classes. Triamcinolone ointment is a topical corticosteroid and ketoconazole cream is an antifungal medication.

Side effects of triamcinolone acetonide ointment and ketoconazole cream that are similar include application site reactions (skin redness, itching, irritation, dryness).

Side effects of triamcinolone acetonide ointment that are different from ketoconazole cream include application site reactions (skin burning, peeling, blistering), thinning skin, and stretch marks.

Side effects of ketoconazole cream that are different from triamcinolone acetonide ointment include application site reactions (stinging, swelling) and headache.

Both triamcinolone acetonide ointment and ketoconazole cream may interact with skin products that can cause irritation, such as harsh soaps or skin cleansers, or skin products with alcohol, spices, astringents, or lime. Avoid using other medications on the areas you treat with triamcinolone topical unless directed to do so by your doctor.

What Are Possible Side Effects of Triamcinolone?

Common side effects of Triamcinolone 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:

What Are Possible Side Effects of Ketoconazole?

Common side effects of Ketoconazole include:

  • stinging,
  • swelling,
  • itching,
  • irritation,
  • dryness, or
  • redness of the treated skin.

Headache may also occur. Contact your doctor if you experience serious side effects of ketoconazole topical cream including

  • severe itching,
  • burning, or irritation where the medication is applied;
  • oozing,
  • pain, or
  • redness of treated skin areas;
  • hair loss;
  • oily or dry scalp; or eye redness,
  • swelling, or
  • irritation.

What Is Triamcinolone?

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 Is Ketoconazole?

Ketoconazole topical (for the skin) (Brand Names: Extina, Kuric, Nizoral A-D, Nizoral Topical, Xolegel) is an antifungal medication used to treat fungal infections of the skin such as athlete's foot, jock itch, ringworm, and seborrhea (dry, flaking skin). Ketoconazole topical is available as a cream, gel, and shampoo. The shampoo is used for the treatment of dandruff.

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What Drugs Interact With Triamcinolone?

Because triamcinolone acetonide cream and Ketoconazole are administered differently, they are absorbed by the body differently and have different drug interactions.

Triamcinolone acetonide cream may interact with other topical medications.

What Drugs Interact With Ketoconazole?

Other drugs may affect ketoconazole topical. Tell your doctor all prescription and over-the-counter medications you use. Ketoconazole should be used only if prescribed during pregnancy. It is unknown if this drug passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.

How Should Triamcinolone 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. 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.

How Should Ketoconazole Be Taken?

To treat cutaneous candidiasis, tinea corporis, tinea cruris, tinea pedis, and tinea (pityriasis) versicolor the recommended dose of ketoconazole cream, 2% is to apply once daily to cover the affected and immediate surrounding area. To treat seborrheic dermatitis, apply Ketoconazole cream, 2% to the affected area twice daily for four weeks or until clinical clearing.

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References
SOURCE:

FDA. Kenalog Product Information.

https://www.accessdata.fda.gov/drugsatfda_docs/label/pre96/011601s036lbl.pdf

FDA. Xolegel Product Information.

https://www.accessdata.fda.gov/drugsatfda_docs/label/2010/021946s004lbl.pdf

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