Triamcinolone acetonide topical spray (Rx)
TRADE NAMES:Genesis Topical Spray
Triamcinolone acetonide topical spray is a highly potent anti-inflammatory product effective for the control of itching that goes along with allergic dermatitis conditions (eg. flea allergy dermatitis) in dogs. Using this topical product can eliminate the need for steroid tablets and injections. Triamcinolone acetonide topical spray is available in easy-to-use 8 oz and 16 oz spray bottles.
WHAT IS THIS PRODUCT?
- A highly potent topical glucocorticoid spray; a steroid
- Registered for use in dogs weighing at least 8 pounds and at least 1 year of age, available by prescription only from your veterinarian
REASONS FOR PRESCRIBING:
- Used in dogs to control itching and inflammation associated with allergic skin conditions
- May also be used to treat other conditions, as directed by your veterinarian
Read and follow your veterinarian’s directions exactly.
Apply enough spray to wet the affected area(s) but don’t spray so much that the product runs off.
A typical treatment regime looks like this: Apply Triamcinolone acetonide topical spray twice a day for 1 week, then once a day for another week, and then every other day for 2-4 weeks.
It is important to not overdose the product. Give the exact amount prescribed and only as often as directed. Ideally, give the medication at the same time daily.
If your pet has a dermatologic infection as well, an appropriate antifungal or antibiotic may have been prescribed as well.
Ensure your pet has fresh, clean drinking water at all times.
WHAT IF A DOSE IS MISSED?If a dose is missed, apply it as soon as you can. If it is time already for the next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to the normal schedule. Do not apply a double dose.
What to tell/ask veterinarian before using this medication?
Talk to your veterinarian about:
- When will your pet need to be rechecked
- What tests may need to be performed prior to and during treatment with this drug
- What are the risks and benefits of using this drug
- If your pet has experienced side-effects on other drugs/products
- If your pet has experienced digestive upset now or ever
- If your pet has experienced liver or kidney disease now or ever
- If your pet has experienced any other medical problems or allergies now or ever
- All medicines and supplements that you are giving your pet or plan to give your pet, including those you can get without a prescription. Your veterinarian may want to check that all of your pet's medicines can be given together.
- If your pet is pregnant or nursing or if you plan to breed your pet
WHAT ANIMALS SHOULD NOT USE THIS MEDICATION?
- Breeding, pregnant or nursing animals
- Safety has not been determined for dogs less than 8 pounds, or for dogs less than 1 year of age
- Animals with serious bacterial, fungal or viral infections
- Animals with infections unless antimicrobial (antibiotics) therapy is also given
- If your animal has had an allergic reaction to Triamcinolone acetonide or other glucocorticoids
STORAGE AND WARNINGS:
Store in at room temperature away from heat and direct sunlight.
Avoid contact with the eyes.
Use in a well-ventilated area. Wear gloves during application, and wash your hands afterward.
If the spray causes irritation to mucous membranes, discontinue.
Do not use for more than 28 days.
Keep this and all medication out of reach of children and pets.
POTENTIAL SIDE EFFECTS:
- Allergy symptoms to this medication include: facial swelling, hives, difficulty breathing, swelling of the lips, tongue or face. Discontinue treatment and contact your veterinarian immediately..
- May weaken your dog’s immune response and infection-fighting capabilities. Try to avoid sources of infection while undergoing Triamcinolone acetonide therapy.
- The safety of long term or repeated use of this product (greater than 28 days) has not been evaluated. Prolonged use/overdosage of any corticosterioid may produce adverse effects. Absorption of this drug through topical application and by licking may occur. If adverse clinical signs are seen, discontinue treatment. Usually treatment can be resumed at a lower dose or frequency of application once the signs have disappeared.
- Increased blood pressure; sudden weight gain
- Increased urination and hunger, discomfort, sneezing, watery eyes
- If you notice any of the above symptoms or anything else unusual, contact your veterinarian
OVERDOSING?Contact your veterinarian immediately if your animal receives more than the prescribed amount. Overdosage is more likely to occur due to prolonged use. Symptoms may include panting, increased thirst, hunger and urination, vomiting, diarrhea and weight gains.
What else should I know?
Notify your veterinarian if your animal's condition does not improve or worsens despite this treatment.
As with all prescribed medicines, Triamcinolone acetonide topical spray should only be used on the pet for which it was prescribed. It should be used for the condition for which it was prescribed.
This is just a summary of information about Triamcinolone acetonide topical spray. If you have any questions or concerns about Triamcinolone acetonide topical spray or for the condition it was prescribed, contact your veterinarian.