Triamcinolone acetonide topical cream
Triamcinolone acetonide topical cream is an corticosteroid product useful for the treatment of allergic dermatitis and summer eczema in dogs. Using this topical product can eliminate the need for steroid tablets and injections. Triamcinolone acetonide topical cream is available in several sizes of tubes.
WHAT IS THIS PRODUCT?
- A topical glucocorticoid cream; a steroid
- Registered for use in dogs, available by prescription only from your veterinarian
REASONS FOR PRESCRIBING:
- Used in dogs to control itching, burning 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 cream to the affected area(s) as directed by your veterinarian.
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. If you notice that the infection is not improving, discontinue use of Triamcinolone acetonide topical cream until the infection improves.
Do not let your dog lick this product.
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 ANIMALS SHOULD NOT USE THIS MEDICATION?
- Breeding, pregnant or nursing dogs
- Registered for use on dogs only
- Animals raised for food production
- 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.
Do not use in the eyes.
Wear gloves during application, and wash your hands afterward.
Keep this and all medication out of reach of children and pets.
POTENTIAL SIDE EFFECTS:
- Allergy symptoms to Triamincinolone acetonide include: facial swelling, hives, difficulty breathing, swelling of the lips, tongue or face. Discontinue treatment and contact your veterinarian immediately.
- Prolonged use/overdosage of any corticosterioid may produce adverse effects. Absorption of this drug through topical application and by licking may occur, especially with prolonged use or when used over large areas. If adverse clinical signs (increased thirst, urination and weight gain) are seen, discontinue treatment.
- Some laboratory blood results may be altered due to steroid use
- Vomiting and (bloody) diarrhea has been observed
- Reports of Cushing’s disease in dogs who have received prolonged or repeated steroid therapy
- If you notice any of the above symptoms or anything else unusual, contact your veterinarian
CAN THIS DRUG BE USED WITH OTHER DRUGS?
- Yes, but possible interactions may occur with anti-seizure medications, some diuretics, insulin, NSAIDs or other steroids, or with over-the-counter or prescription products. Let your veterinarian know what products you give your animal.
- If your pet experiences any unusual reactions when taking multiple medications, contact your veterinarian.
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 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 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 cream 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 cream. If you have any questions or concerns about Triamcinolone acetonide topical cream or for the condition it was prescribed, contact your veterinarian.