Triamcinolone Acetonide Ointment

What If I Overdose on This Medicine?

An overdose with this medication can cause serious problems. This is especially true if too much is used over an extended period of time. If you or someone else may have used too much or taken triamcinolone acetonide ointment by mouth, seek immediate medical attention.
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What If I Forget a Dose of Triamcinolone Acetonide Ointment?

If you forget a dose, apply it as soon as possible, unless it is almost time for the next dose. In this case, simply skip the missed dose and continue with your regular schedule. Do not use a double dose.

How Does It Work?

Triamcinolone acetonide ointment belongs to a group of medications known as glucocorticoids, which are a type of corticosteroid (or "steroid" for short). Although glucocorticoids have numerous effects in the body, they are used mostly for their anti-inflammatory or immune-suppressing properties. Triamcinolone acetonide ointment works for most conditions by decreasing inflammation or suppressing an overactive immune system.

When and How to Use This Medication

Some general considerations to keep in mind during treatment with triamcinolone acetonide ointment include the following:
  • This medication is usually applied to the affected area(s) of the skin two to four times daily.
  • Apply only a thin film; applying a thick layer is unnecessary and wasteful.
  • If your healthcare provider recommends that you do so, you may apply a dressing over the ointment. Ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist for a recommendation for which type of dressing to use.
  • For the medication to work properly, it must be used as prescribed.

Triamcinolone Acetonide Ointment Information

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