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Expected and Long-Term Reactions to Triamcinolone Acetonide Cream

Reported Side Effects

For many medications, the prescribing information carefully explains the exact percentage of side effects that were seen in clinical trials. However, the prescribing information for almost all older medications, including triamcinolone acetonide cream, includes only vague information on potential side effects, with no percentages provided. Therefore, it can be difficult to know exactly how often the side effects occur.
Based on this limited information, the most common cream side effects of triamcinolone acetonide effects may include:
  • A burning sensation
  • Itching
  • Irritation
  • Dryness
  • Inflammation or infection of hair follicles (folliculitis)
  • Sweating
  • Acne
  • Skin lightening
  • Tiny red bumps around the mouth (perioral dermatitis)
  • Allergic dermatitis
  • Softening and whitening of the skin (maceration)
  • Infection
  • Thinning of the skin
  • Stretch marks
  • A sweat rash ("prickly heat" or miliaria).
In general, side effects are more likely to occur if a dressing, such as a bandage, is used to cover the cream. Do not use a dressing unless your healthcare provider specifically recommends that you do so.

Long-Term Side Effects

Using steroids like triamcinolone acetonide cream over long periods of time can cause a different set of side effects. These reactions are most likely to be seen in people who use this cream over a large area of the body for a long period of time. Some of the problems seen with long-term use might include:
  • Weight gain
  • Bulging eyes
  • Fluid retention
  • Osteoporosis
  • Loss of muscle
  • Fat deposits on the face and back (causing a round face and a fatty hump on back of the neck)
  • Diabetes
  • Cataracts
  • Stunted growth (in children).
Keep in mind that these problems are more common with systemic steroids, which are taken by mouth or injection, and are probably quite rare with triamcinolone acetonide cream.

Triamcinolone Acetonide Cream Information

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