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Some of the potential side effects of triamcinolone acetonide ointment may include different types of skin irritation, such as burning, itching, and dryness. In most cases, reactions to this medicine tend to be minor and easily treated. However, there are also some problems that are potentially serious and should be reported to a healthcare provider immediately, including severe fluid retention, coughing up blood, or infections.

An Introduction to Side Effects of Triamcinolone Acetonide Ointment

Just like any medicine, triamcinolone acetonide ointment (Kenalog® ointment) can cause side effects. However, not everyone who uses the medication will have problems. In fact, most people tolerate it quite well. If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or are treated easily by you or your healthcare provider.
(This article covers many, but not all, of the possible side effects with triamcinolone acetonide ointment. Your healthcare provider can discuss a more complete list with you.)

Triamcinolone Acetonide Ointment Side Effects to Report

Some side effects of triamcinolone acetonide ointment are potentially serious and should be reported immediately to your healthcare provider. These include but are not limited to:
  • High blood pressure (hypertension)
  • High blood sugar levels (hyperglycemia) or diabetes
  • Infections
  • Ruptured tendons
  • Psychotic reactions, such as hallucinations or extreme aggression
  • Glaucoma
  • Severe fluid retention
  • Signs of gastrointestinal bleeding or ulcers, such as coughing up blood or blood in the stool
  • Signs of an allergic reaction, such as:
    • Unexplained rash
    • Hives
    • Itching
    • Unexplained swelling
    • Difficulty breathing or swallowing.
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