A woman squeezing out Triamcinolone Acetonide Cream on her finger tips.

Triamcinolone Acetonide Cream

Julie Weber Is This A Poison

Toxicity: Low Risk

Expected symptoms: 

– Minor stomach upset
– Nausea and vomiting
– Eye irritation

What to do: 

1. Wipe or rinse out the mouth

2. Give a serving size of water to drink

3. Rinse any exposed skin with lukewarm water and soap

4. Call 1-800-222-1222 for additional instructions.

Quick Facts about triamcinolone acetonide:

What is triamcinolone acetonide cream used for? Triamcinolone (also called triamcinolone acetonide) is a steroid used to treat many conditions such as allergies, skin irritation, arthritis, and others. This medication prevents the release of substances that cause the redness, swelling, and itching of an allergic reaction and helps reduce inflammation.  This medication comes in many forms: pills, injections, nose sprays, skin creams, lotions, or ointments. It is available over-the-counter and by prescription at higher strengths. Other common names for this medication include Kenalog®, Nasacort®, Oralone®, and Aristocort®.

Triamcinolone acetonide side effects: what happens if someone uses too much triamcinolone acetonide cream?

If too much triamcinolone is used or a young child gets into the medicine, there are usually only minor symptoms such as stomach upset, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. However, some serious side effects can happen with this medication. But these serious side effects usually happen when someone takes large doses of the medication for a long time.  Therefore, it is important to follow the directions given on the medication packaging or take as prescribed by your doctor to avoid unwanted side effects.

Note: There have been rare reports of triamcinolone acetonide allergy leading to anaphylaxis (a severe allergic reaction). 

What to do if there is an exposure

If you find someone has eaten a small amount of triamcinolone cream or ointment, do not panic. First, wipe out their mouth with a soft, wet cloth and give them some water to drink. If problems start or you have questions, call the Missouri Poison Center right away at 1-800-222-1222. The poison center is open all day, every day for poisoning emergencies and questions.

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