triamcinolone (injection) (cont.)
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What should I discuss with my health care provider before receiving triamcinolone injection?
You should not receive this medication if you are allergic to triamcinolone, or if you have a condition called idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP).
If you have any of these other conditions, you may need a dose adjustment or special tests:
FDA pregnancy category C. It is not known whether triamcinolone injection will harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant while using this medication.
Triamcinolone can pass into breast milk and may harm a nursing baby. You should not breast-feed while you are using triamcinolone injection.
This medication can decrease bone formation, which could lead to osteoporosis, especially with long-term use. Talk with your doctor about your specific risk of bone loss while receiving triamcinolone injection.
Steroids can affect growth in children. Talk with your doctor if you think your child is not growing at a normal rate while using this medication.
How is triamcinolone injection given?
This medication is injected into a joint or soft tissue (such as a psoriasis lesion). You will receive this injection in a clinic or hospital setting.
Steroids can lower the blood cells that help your body fight infections. This can make it easier for you to get sick from being around others who are ill, or from bacteria in a skin wound. Steroids can also slow the healing of skin wounds. Use caution to prevent illness, infection, or injury.
If you need surgery, tell the surgeon ahead of time if you have recently received a triamcinolone injection.
Long-term use of steroids can cause harmful effects on the eyes, such as glaucoma or cataracts. If you receive triamcinolone injection for longer than 6 weeks, your doctor may want you to have regular eye exams.
Steroid medications should not be stopped suddenly. You may need to receive less and less before you are taken off the medication completely.
Your doctor may instruct you to limit your salt intake while you are receiving triamcinolone injection. You may also need to take potassium supplements. Follow your doctor's instructions.
This medication can cause unusual results with certain medical tests. Tell any doctor who treats you that you are being treated with triamcinolone injection.
Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration
You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.
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