Kenalog-10 (Triamcinolone Acetonide)
Kenalog (triamcinolone acetonide) Dosage and Side Effects
KENALOG is a type of corticosteroid that works by reducing inflammation in the body. The topical form of the medicine is used to treat different skin conditions including eczema, psoriasis, and allergic reactions.
Proper Use of this medication
Topical KENALOG comes as an ointment, cream, lotion, and aerosol spray. It also comes as a paste for the mouth.
The medicine is typically applied two to four times a day.
Wash or soak the affected area first before applying KENALOG.
Apply a thin layer of KENALOG lotion, ointment, or cream. Then, rub it in gently.
To use the KENALOG aerosol, shake the bottle well and spray onto the affected area for about two seconds to cover a spot about the size of your hand. Cover your eyes if you spray the medicine near your face.
If you're using the dental paste, apply a thin layer (just enough to cover the mouth sore).
Follow your doctor's instructions carefully when taking this medicine. Don't apply more or less KENALOG than is prescribed.
Don't apply this medicine to other areas of the body or wrap the treated area unless your doctor tells you to do so.
If you're using KENALOG on a child's diaper area, be sure to use loose-fitting diapers.
An overdose of topical KENALOG isn't likely to produce life-threatening symptoms.
However, if you suspect an overdose or accidentally ingest KENALOG, contact a poison control center or emergency room immediately.
Missed Dose of KENALOG
If you miss a dose of KENALOG, apply it as soon as you remember.
However, skip the missed dose if it's almost time for your next scheduled dose.
Don't use extra medicine to make up for a missed dose.
Common Side Effects of KENALOG
Tell your doctor if any of the following side effects become severe or don't go away:
- Burning, itching, or peeling of the skin
- Skin redness
- Dry or cracking of the skin
- Change in skin color
- Thinning of the skin
- Blistering skin
- Stretch marks
Serious Side Effects of KENALOG
Tell your doctor immediately if you experience any of the following serious side effects:
- A severe skin rash
- Signs of a skin infection, which may include swelling or oozing pus
- Irregular heartbeat
- Blurred vision or vision changes
- Difficulty breathing or swallowing
- Mood changes
- Sleep problems
- Weight gain
- Puffiness in the face
- Feeling extremely tired
Warnings and Precautions
Before using KENALOG, tell your doctor if you have:
- A skin infection, especially tuberculosis (TB)
- Herpes infection (including cold sores)
- A circulation disorder
- An immune disorder
- A stomach ulcer
- Allergies to medications
- An eye condition (such as glaucoma or cataracts)
Don't use KENALOG on a child without first talking to a doctor. Children are more sensitive to the side effects of this medicine.
Contact your physician if your condition doesn't improve or worsens after several days of using this drug.
Avoid getting the medication in your eyes, mouth, nose, or lips. If this does happen, wash the affected area with water.
Don't use KENALOG on skin that's sunburned, windburned, irritated, or broken. You also shouldn't use the medicine on an open wound.
You might want to avoid harsh soaps or other skin products that can cause irritation while using KENALOG.
This drug won't treat a fungal, bacterial, or viral skin infection.
Pregnancy and KENALOG
It's not known whether KENALOG will harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you're pregnant or might become pregnant before using this medication.
It's also not known whether the drug passes into breast milk or if it could hurt a breastfeeding baby. Don't breastfeed while using KENALOG without first talking to your doctor.
Interactions with this medication
Tell your doctor about all prescription, non-prescription, illegal, recreational, herbal, nutritional, or dietary drugs you're taking before taking KENALOG, especially:
- Chemotherapy drugs
- Other topical medicines
Other related products
The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.