What should I avoid while receiving triamcinolone injection?
Do not receive a "live" vaccine while using triamcinolone injection. The vaccine may not work as well during this time, and may not fully protect you from disease. Live vaccines include measles, mumps, rubella (MMR), oral polio, typhoid, chickenpox (varicella), BCG (Bacillus Calmette and Guérin), and nasal flu vaccine.
Avoid being near people who are sick or have infections. Call your doctor for preventive treatment if you are exposed to chicken pox or measles. These conditions can be serious or even fatal in people who are using steroids.
What are the possible side effects of triamcinolone injection?
Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Call your doctor at once if you have a serious side effect such as:
fast, slow, or uneven heart rate;
feeling short of breath, even with mild exertion;
swelling, rapid weight gain;
dangerously high blood pressure (severe headache, buzzing in your ears, anxiety, confusion, chest pain);
problems with your vision;
eye swelling, redness, discomfort, or drainage (may be signs of infection);
severe depression, changes in mood or behavior;
seizure (convulsions); or
muscle pain, tenderness, or weakness.
Less serious side effects may include:
nausea, bloating, appetite changes;
stomach or side pain;
headache, sleep problems (insomnia);
acne, scaling, or other skin changes;
a wound that is slow to heal;
bruising or swelling;
sweating more than usual; or
irregular menstrual periods.
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Tell your doctor about any unusual or bothersome side effect. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
What other drugs will affect triamcinolone injection?
Tell your doctor about all other medicines you use, especially:
birth control pills or hormone replacement therapy;
a blood thinner such as warfarin (Coumadin);
cyclosporine (Neoral, Gengraf, Sandimmune);
digoxin (digitalis, Lanoxin);
insulin or diabetes medications you take by mouth;
isoniazid (used to treat tuberculosis);
rifampin (Rifadin, Rimactane);
seizure medication such as phenobarbital (Luminal, Solfoton), phenytoin (Dilantin), carbamazepine (Carbatrol, Tegretol), and others,
antibiotics such as azithromycin (Zithromax), clarithromycin (Biaxin), erythromycin (E-Mycin, E.E.S., Ery-Tab, Erythrocin), and others; or
aspirin or other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), naproxen (Aleve, Naprosyn), diclofenac (Voltaren), indomethacin, piroxicam (Feldene), nabumetone (Relafen), etodolac (Lodine), and others.
This list is not complete and other drugs may interact with triamcinolone injection. Tell your doctor about all medications you use. This includes prescription, over-the-counter, vitamin, and herbal products. Do not start a new medication without telling your doctor.
Where can I get more information?
Your doctor or pharmacist can provide more information about triamcinolone injection.
Revision Date: 12/15/2010