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Triamcinolone acetonide

Last updated on 03/08/2021.

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GENERIC NAME: Triamcinolone acetonide

CHINESE NAME: 曲安西龍, 去炎松

BRAND NAME(S) IN HONG KONG: Oramedy 腔痊, Orrepaste

DRUG CLASS: Corticosteroids

SUB CLASS: Glucocorticoids

USED FOR: Corticosteroid-responsive dermatoses, Aphthous stomatitis

AVAILABLE DOSAGE FORMS:
– 0.1% (gel)
– 0.1% (paste)
– 0.1% (ointment)
– 0.1%, 0.2% (cream)

What is Triamcinolone acetonide for?

Triamcinolone acetonide belongs to a class of medications called glucocorticoids. It works by suppressing the immune system and reducing inflammation to treat corticosteroid-responsive dermatoses (e.g. eczema, contact dermatitis) and aphthous stomatitis.

How to use it?

Triamcinolone acetonide can be applied to skin as gel, ointment or cream. It can also be used as an oral paste.

For aphthous stomatitis:
Apply a small amount of oral paste to the lesion until a thin and smooth film develops. Usually 2-4 times daily until healed.

For corticosteroid-responsive dermatoses:
Apply a thin layer 2-4 times daily, or use as directed by doctors.

What are the side effects of Triamcinolone acetonide?

Common side effects of Triamcinolone acetonide include skin irritation, burning, pruritus, and oral mucosa changes.

Who should not take Triamcinolone acetonide?

– People who are allergic to Triamcinolone acetonide or any component of the formulation
– Patients with fungal, viral, or bacterial infections of the mouth or throat (only for oral paste)

Pharmacist Tips:

– Wash hands before and after use.
– Clean and dry the affected skin well before use.
– Avoid getting into the eyes.
– Avoid using occlusive dressing over areas treated with the medication, unless directed by healthcare professionals.
– For oral paste, do not rub in or swallow the drug.

Common dosing schedule:
Triamcinolone acetonide oral paste should be used after meals and at bedtime as possible.

This schedule is for reference only, adjustments may be made according to individual needs. 

Some common medications Triamcinolone acetonide may interact with:
– Topical antifungals, e.g. Ketoconazole, Itraconazole

Please notify your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking the above medication, dosage adjustments might be needed.

Where to buy Triamcinolone acetonide in Hong Kong?

In Hong Kong, Triamcinolone acetonide is a prescription only medicine, and requires a prescription from a doctor to be purchased in a pharmacy. It can also be obtained from doctors. To find a pharmacy near you, refer to the list of pharmacies (“Authorized Sellers of Poisons”) from the Hong Kong Department of Health.

For more information about drug names and ingredients, you can visit Hong Kong’s Drug Office at https://www.drugoffice.gov.hk

Need more information?

For detailed information about the use of Triamcinolone acetonide in children, pregnancy and breastfeeding, and for questions about drug interactions, please check with your pharmacist or doctor.

Disclaimer: our goal is to provide you with the most relevant drug information and common dosage for Hong Kong. This information does not constitute medical advice. For specific treatment recommendations and advice, always discuss with your doctor or pharmacist, and follow the instructions included with your specific medicine.