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triamcinolone (ophthalmic) (cont.)

What should I discuss with my health care provider before receiving triamcinolone ophthalmic (Triesence, Trivaris Intravitreal)?

You should not receive this medication if you are allergic to triamcinolone, or if you have a fungal infection anywhere in your body.

To make sure you can safely receive triamcinolone, tell your doctor if you have any of these other conditions:

  • herpes infection of your eye;
  • eye conditions such as cataract or glaucoma;
  • diabetes;
  • high blood pressure, congestive heart failure;
  • any type of bacterial, fungal, or viral infection (including tuberculosis);
  • a thyroid disorder;
  • a muscle disorder such as myasthenia gravis;
  • diverticulitis, stomach or intestinal ulcer, or recent stomach surgery; or
  • if you have recently had a heart attack.

FDA pregnancy category D. Do not receive triamcinolone if you are pregnant. It could harm the unborn baby. Use effective birth control, and tell your doctor if you become pregnant during treatment.

Triamcinolone can pass into breast milk and may harm a nursing baby. Do not use this medication without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.

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 ophthalmic.

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 ophthalmic given (Triesence, Trivaris Intravitreal)?

Triamcinolone ophthalmic is given as an injection into your eye. Your doctor will use a medicine to numb your eye before giving you the injection. You will receive this injection in your doctor's office or other clinic setting.

For at least 30 minutes after your injection, your eyes will be checked periodically to make sure the injection has not caused any side effects.

Long-term use of steroids can cause harmful effects on the eyes, such as glaucoma or cataracts. If you receive triamcinolone ophthalmic for longer than 6 weeks, your doctor may want you to have regular eye exams.

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.

Your doctor may instruct you to limit your salt intake while you are receiving triamcinolone ophthalmic. 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 using triamcinolone.

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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