Triamcinolone nasal aerosol
What does triamcinolone nasal aerosol do?
TRIAMCINOLONE (Nasacort(R)) is a corticosteroid. It helps to reduce swelling, redness, itching, and allergic reactions. Triamcinolone is similar to natural steroid hormone produced by the adrenal gland. Triamcinolone treats allergic rhinitis (seasonal and perennial), and other inflammatory conditions affecting the nose.
What should my health care professional know before I use triamcinolone?
They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
blood clotting problems
heart, liver, or kidney disease
high blood pressure
infection; measles, tuberculosis, herpes or chickenpox
mental problems or psychosis
previous heart attack
stomach or intestinal disease
an unusual or allergic reaction to triamcinolone, corticosteroids, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
pregnant or trying to get pregnant
How should I use this medicine?
Triamcinolone nasal aerosol is only for use in the nose. Do not take by mouth. Blow the nose gently without squeezing. Shake inhaler thoroughly and invert before use. Tilt head backwards, put the nozzle into one nostril, and point the opening of the nozzle toward the inflamed area. Hold other nostril closed and spray while breathing in through the nose and out through the mouth. Before using in the other nostril, shake inhaler again, and repeat the above procedure. If 2 sprays are required, point one spray toward the upper and one toward the lower part of the nostril to make sure triamcinolone is evenly distributed onto the nasal mucosa. Clean the inhaler daily. Remove the canister from the inhaler. Rinse the cap, nosepiece, and the inhaler with warm water and dry thoroughly. Do not use more than the recommended dose.
Contact your pediatrician or health care professional regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.
What if I miss a dose?
If you miss a dose, use it as soon as you can. If you do not remember within an hour or so, skip the missed dose. Do not use double or extra doses.
What other medicines can interact with triamcinolone?
antiinflammatory drugs, (NSAIDs, such as ibuprofen)
barbiturate medicines for inducing sleep or treating seizures (convulsions)
blood thinners such as warfarin
certain heart medicines
female hormones, including contraceptive or birth control pills
medicines for diabetes
medicines that improve muscle tone or strength for conditions like myasthenia gravis
vaccines and other immunization products
Tell your prescriber or health care professional about all other medicines you are taking, including non-prescription medicines, nutritional supplements, or herbal products. Also tell your prescriber or health care professional if you are a frequent user of drinks with caffeine or alcohol, if you smoke, or if you use illegal drugs. These may affect the way your medicine works. Check with your health care professional before stopping or starting any of your medicines.
What side effects may I notice from using triamcinolone?
eye pain, decreased or blurred vision
Side effects that you should report to your prescriber or health care professional as soon as possible:
dizziness or lightheadedness
loss of taste and sense of smell
nosebleeds or crusting inside the nose
runny nose, or watery eyes
shortness of breath, wheezing, cough
sores inside the nose, or sore throat
unusual tiredness or weakness
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your prescriber or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
dryness or burning inside the nose