Azmacort

Drug List

Azmacort

Drug Name

Azmacort (Triamcinolone Acetonide)

Manufactured By

Abbott Laboratories

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Treats Disease/Condition

Uses

PRESCRIBED FOR: The triamcinolone inhaler is used for preventing episodes of asthma. It should not be used for acute attacks of asthma because it does not work quickly enough. A triamcinolone inhaler may reduce or eliminate the need for oral glucocorticoids to control asthma.

How To Use

The usual recommended dosage for adults is two inhalations (150 mcg) given 3-4 times daily or 4 inhalations (300 mcg) given twice daily. The maximum daily dose is 16 inhalations (1200 mcg) in adults. Higher initial doses (12 to 16 inhalations per day) may be considered in patients with more severe asthma. The usual recommended dosage for children (6-12 years old) is 1 or 2 inhalations. (75 to 150 mcg) given 3-4 times daily or 2-4 inhalations (150 to 300 mcg) twice daily. The maximum daily dose is 12 inhalations (900 mcg).

Side Effects

Common side effects are: headache; pharyngitis; vomiting; dry mouth; and cough Mild cough or wheezing due to chemical irritation may be minimized by using an inhaled bronchodilator, for example, albuterol (Ventolin), prior to using the triamcinolone. Oral candidiasis or thrush (a fungal infection) may occur in 1 in 20 to 1 in 10 persons who use triamcinolone, the risk being higher with higher doses. The risk of thrush in children is lower than in adults. Hoarseness also may result from the use of triamcinolone inhaler. Using a spacer (a device that is attached to the inhaler) and washing the mouth out with water following each use reduces the risk of thrush and hoarseness. High doses of inhaled glucocorticoids may decrease the formation of bone and increase the breakdown (resorption) of bone leading to weak bones and fractures. Very high doses may cause suppression of the body's ability to make its own natural glucocorticoid in the adrenal glands. It is possible that patients with suppression of their adrenal glands may need increased amounts of glucocorticoids by the oral or intravenous route during periods of high physical stress such as illnesses when increased amounts of glucocorticoids are needed by the body.

Drug Interactions

No drug interactions have been described with inhaled triamcinolone.

In Case of Overdose

In Case of Missed Dose

Storage

STORAGE: Triamcinolone inhaler should be kept at room temperature, 20 C - 25 C (68 F - 77 F) and protected from direct light. Exposure to temperatures above 38.8 C (120 F) may cause bursting of the canister. The canister should never be thrown into a fire or incinerator.