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Triamcinolone acetonide 40 mg/ml Suspension for intramuscular and intra-articular injection What Triamcinolone acetonide is used for: Triamcinolone acetonide Is a medicine that reduces inflammation, swelling and pain of affected body tissues. The use of this medicine serves as a treatment but does not cure your medical problem. This product is given as injection deep into a muscle, directly into the affected muscle, tendon or joint. Triamcinolone acetonide is used for the following indications: Musculoskeletal (muscles and bones) conditions, painful muscles, joints or tendons by injecting the medicine directly into the painful site. Allergic conditions. Dermatologic (skin) conditions. Your doctor may prescribe this medicine for other purposes. Ask your doctor if you are not sure. This product is not intended for intravenous (into the vein), intradermal (into the skin) or intraocular (into the eye) use. It is also not intended for injection into the nasal turbinates (structures located inside the nose) or intralesional injection about the head. Do not take Triamcinolone acetonide: If you are allergic to Triamcinolone acetonide, or any of the ingredients in this medicine. Tell your doctor about the allergy and what signs you had. This product has benzyl alcohol, a preservative which has been associated with “gasping syndrome”. Premature and low weight infants, and patients receiving high doses may be at higher risk of developing toxicity. This medicine is not recommended for use in children under the age of six and should not be used in newborn or premature infants. Warnings and Precautions: Stop the medication right away and talk to your doctor or pharmacist if you develop allergic reactions such as shortness of breath, skin rash, swelling of the face or neck, decreased blood pressure and dizziness. Tell your doctor before starting this medicine if you have allergies to any other medicines, any other substances (e.g. foods, dyes or preservatives), any product or medicine that has benzyl alcohol. Talk to your doctor before using this medicine if you currently have or have previously had any of the following medical conditions; liver, kidneys, heart or eye problems, tuberculosis, an active infection, easy bruising, existing emotional problems, digestive problems, bloody diarrhea, diabetes, planned or urgent surgery, high blood pressure, exposure to measles or chicken pox (types of viruses) or respiratory disorders. After receiving the injection, make sure that you do not overuse the joint or muscle at the injection site and rest the joint or muscle as much as possible for several weeks. Do not share your medicine with anyone. Possible side effects: More common side effects include pain, fluid and salt retention, heart rate changes, sores, muscle weakness, tiredness, delayed wound healing, headaches, difficulty sleeping, sweating, numbness, upset stomach, convulsions, dizziness, pain in legs or arms, irregular menstrual periods, sore eyes, vision problems or loss of vision and pins or needles sensation. Less common side effects include weakening of bones, glandular problems, stomach ulcers and serious heart problems. Prolonged use of Triamcinolone may lead to eye damage and may affect your eyesight. Other medicines and Triamcinolone acetonide: Tell your doctors, pharmacists and dentists who are treating you if you are taking, have recently taken or might take any other medications including prescription medicines, over the counter medicines, herbals, vitamins and supplements (especially before you start a new medicine). If you are taking Aspirin (blood thinner). If you will be receiving vaccines (particularly smallpox vaccine). Your doctor may need to recommend different medicines or adjust your doses if you are taking any of these medicines when being treated with Triamcinolone. How to take Triamcinolone acetonide: Your doctor will be giving you your injectable doses at his/her office. You will not give yourself the injection. The injection will be given to you deep into a muscle, directly into the affected muscle, tendon or joint. This medicine is not intended for injection into the vein, eye, under the skin, nasal turbinates or intralesional injections about the head. Your doctor will determine the complete dosing regimen that you need depending on your disease, how you are responding to the medicine and the site of injection. Your doctor will check on how your body is responding if you are being treated with this medicine for a long period of time. How to store Triamcinolone acetonide: Keep out of the reach of children and pets Store medication in a dark place and in an upright position below 30°C. Do not freeze Do not use beyond the expiry date mentioned on each vial and packet Do not dispose medication in the wastewater or household waste A valid prescription should be available upon delivery
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