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Kenalog Ointment Warnings and Precautions

Let your healthcare provider know if you have any allergies or if you are taking any other medications before starting treatment with Kenalog ointment. Other precautions and warnings with this medication include understanding that long-term use of this steroid may lead to complications, such as Cushing's syndrome. Also, you may not be able to use this skin medication if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider?

You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to using Kenalog® ointment (triamcinolone acetonide ointment) if you:
 
  • Are pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant
  • Are breastfeeding
  • Have any allergies, including to foods, dyes, or preservatives.
 
You should also tell your healthcare provider about all other medications you are taking, including prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
 

Specific Precautions and Warnings With Kenalog Ointment

Some warnings and precautions to be aware of before using this medicine include:
 
  • Kenalog ointment is a steroid and can cause serious side effects, such as Cushing's syndrome or diabetes. Although this is more likely to occur with oral or injectable steroids, it is still possible with topical steroids, including this product. The more you apply and the longer you use the drug, the more likely these problems are to occur. Covering the ointment with a dressing (which is sometimes recommended) may also increase this risk.
 
  • If you use this medication for an extended period of time, it may lead to Cushing's syndrome (a group of symptoms caused by prolonged exposure to steroids). Contact your healthcare provider if you develop any signs of this condition, such as:
 
    • A rounded face
    • Unusual body fat distribution (more fat in the trunk, face, and neck, and less fat in the extremities)
    • High blood sugar levels.
 
  • Kenalog ointment can suppress the body's ability to make natural steroids. This typically happens when large doses are used over a long period of time. In such circumstances, Kenalog ointment should be stopped gradually, to give your body a chance to begin making its own natural steroids again. If this is not feasible, you might need to be given an oral steroid for a while (after which you will slowly be weaned off the oral steroid).
 
  • Like all steroids, Kenalog ointment may slow down the growth rate of children and teenagers. Contact your child's healthcare provider if you are concerned about a slow growth rate in your child. In general, children may be more susceptible to side effects of steroids. Close monitoring is necessary for any child receiving long-term steroids.
 
 
 
  • It is unknown if Kenalog (when applied as an ointment) passes through breast milk. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding or plan to start, discuss this with your healthcare provider prior to using the drug (see Triamcinolone Acetonide Ointment and Breastfeeding).
 

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