Triamcinolone Acetonide Ointment Side Effects

Reported Side Effects

For many medications, the prescribing information carefully explains the exact percentage of side effects that were seen in clinical trials. However, the prescribing information for almost all older medications, including triamcinolone acetonide ointment, includes only vague information on potential side effects, with no percentages provided. Therefore, it can be difficult to know exactly how often the side effects occur.
Based on this limited information, the most common side effects of triamcinolone acetonide ointment may include:
  • Burning
  • Itching
  • Irritation
  • Dryness
  • Inflammation or infection of hair follicles (folliculitis)
  • Sweating
  • Acne
  • Skin lightening
  • Tiny red bumps around the mouth (perioral dermatitis)
  • Allergic dermatitis
  • Softening and whitening of the skin (maceration)
  • Infection
  • Thinning of the skin
  • Stretch marks
  • A sweat rash ("prickly heat" or miliaria).

Long-Term Side Effects

Using steroids like triamcinolone acetonide ointment over long periods of time can cause a different set of side effects. These reactions are most likely to be seen in people who use this ointment over a large area of the body for a long period of time. Some of the problems seen with long-term use of this medicine might include:
  • Weight gain
  • Bulging eyes
  • Fluid retention
  • Osteoporosis
  • Loss of muscle
  • Fat deposits on the face and back (causing a round face and a fatty hump on back of the neck)
  • Diabetes
  • Cataracts
  • Stunted growth (in children).
Keep in mind that these problems are more common with systemic steroids, which are taken by mouth or injection, and are probably quite rare with triamcinolone acetonide ointment.

Triamcinolone Acetonide Ointment Information

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