triamcinolone inhalation (generic name)

This medicine is used to reduce and control the symptoms of asthma
(trye am SIN oh lone)
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What is this medicine?

TRIAMCINOLONE (trye am SIN oh lone) is a corticosteroid. This medicine is used to reduce and control the symptoms of asthma. It does not provide instant relief and cannot be used to treat a sudden asthma attack.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
  • chronic disease
  • infection like tuberculosis, herpes or others
  • taking corticosteroids by mouth
  • an unusual or allergic reaction to triamcinolone, corticosteroids, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant
  • breast-feeding

How should I use this medicine?

This medicine is for inhalation through the mouth. Follow the directions on your prescription label. This medicine works best if used regularly. Do not use more than directed. Do not stop taking except on your doctor's advice.

Make sure that you are using your inhaler correctly. You will get an information sheet with each prescription and refill. Read this sheet carefully each time. This sheet may change.

It is important to rinse out your mouth with water after each use.

Do not use this medicine to treat an asthma attack that has already started. It will not work. Therefore, you should always have your quick relief medicine with you to treat an asthma attack. Talk with your doctor about what you should do if you have an asthma attack. If you use a quick relief inhaler, like albuterol, wait 5 minutes or more before between using different inhalers. This medicine should always be used after your other inhaler.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed. This medicine has been used in children as young as 6 years old.

What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, use it as soon as you can. Space the remaining doses for that day at regular intervals. Do not use double or extra doses.

What may interact with this medicine?

Do not take this medicine with any of the following medications:
  • mifepristone

This medicine may also interact with the following medications:

  • aspirin
  • other steroid medicines
  • vaccines and other immunization products

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Visit your doctor or health care professional for regular checks on your progress. If you are diabetic, check your blood sugar as directed. Tell your doctor if your symptoms do not improve or if your asthma gets worse. If you find that your medicine becomes less effective in treating your asthma, contact your doctor as soon as possible. Carry an identification card with your name, the type and dose of medicine, and your doctor's name and address.

Do not come in contact with people who have chickenpox or the measles while you are taking this medicine. If you do, call your doctor right away.

What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?

Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
  • allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
  • flu-like symptoms
  • increased wheezing or difficulty breathing
  • sores or white patches in the mouth

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

  • back pain
  • diarrhea or vomiting
  • dry mouth
  • headache
  • sinus problems
  • swelling or weight gain
  • throat irritation

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Last Updated: February 27, 2009
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