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All about: Kenalog Cream

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Generic Name: Triamcinolone Cream and Ointment (TRY-am-SIN-oh-lone ah-SEE-toe-nide)
Brand Name: Examples include Aristocort A and Kenalog

Kenalog Cream is used for:

Reducing itching, redness, and swelling associated with many skin conditions.

Kenalog Cream is a corticosteroid. The exact way that it acts against most causes of inflammation is not known, but it is thought to slow or stop the chemicals in the body that cause inflammation. This helps to relieve discomfort.

Do NOT use Kenalog Cream if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in Kenalog Cream

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.

Before using Kenalog Cream:

Some medical conditions may interact with Kenalog Cream. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:

  • if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
  • if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
  • if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
  • if you have a skin infection, measles, thinning of the skin, tuberculosis (TB), a positive TB skin test, chickenpox, shingles, or have recently had a vaccination

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Kenalog Cream. Because little, if any, of Kenalog Cream is absorbed into the blood, the risk of it interacting with another medicine is low.

Ask your health care provider if Kenalog Cream may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.

How to use Kenalog Cream:

Use Kenalog Cream as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • Apply a small amount of medicine to the affected area. Gently rub the medicine in until it is evenly distributed. Wash your hands after applying Kenalog Cream, unless your hands are part of the treated area.
  • Do not wrap or otherwise cover the treated area with bandages or wear tight-fitting clothing unless specifically directed to do so by your doctor. Do not use tight-fitting diapers or plastic pants on children using Kenalog Cream in the diaper area.
  • If you miss a dose of Kenalog Cream, use it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Kenalog Cream.

Important safety information:

  • Kenalog Cream is for external use only. If you get this medicine in your eyes, immediately flush with cool tap water.
  • Do not use Kenalog Cream for other skin conditions at a later time.
  • Corticosteroids may affect growth rate in CHILDREN and teenagers in some cases. They may need regular growth checks while they use Kenalog Cream.
  • Caution is advised when using Kenalog Cream in CHILDREN; they may be more sensitive to its effects.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using Kenalog Cream while you are pregnant. It is unknown if Kenalog Cream is found in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you use Kenalog Cream, check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of Kenalog Cream:

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. No COMMON side effects have been reported with Kenalog Cream. Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); blurry vision;changes in menstrual cycle; easy bruising; excessive hair growth; impaired wound healing; itching, burning, redness, discoloration, or swelling of the skin not present before using Kenalog Cream; mental or mood changes; moon face; muscle weakness; osteoporosis; rise in body temperature; skin thinning; tiredness.

This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions or need medical advice about side effects, contact your doctor or health care provider. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 (1-800-332-1088) or at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center (http://www.aapcc.org/findyour.htm), or emergency room immediately. Kenalog Cream may be harmful if swallowed.

Proper storage of Kenalog Cream:

Store Kenalog Cream at room temperature, between 68 and 77 degrees F (20 and 25 degrees C). Store away from heat, light, and moisture. Keep Kenalog Cream out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about Kenalog Cream, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Kenalog Cream is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
  • If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.

This information is a summary only. It does not contain all information about Kenalog Cream. If you have questions about the medicine you are taking or would like more information, check with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.

Issue Date: September 5, 2007
Database Edition 07.3.1.003
Copyright © 2007 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc.

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