August 20, 2014
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Aristocort

(triamcinolone topical)

DIN (Drug Identification Number)

02194066 ARISTOCORT C 0.5% CREAM
02194058 ARISTOCORT R 0.1% CREAM
02194031 ARISTOCORT R 0.1% OINTMENT

How does Aristocort work? What will it do for me?

Triamcinolone belongs to the class of medications called topical corticosteroids. It is used to treat certain skin conditions, including psoriasis and allergic eczema. It may also be used to relieve itchiness. It works by reducing inflammation or swelling of the skin.

Your doctor may have suggested this medication for conditions other than those listed in these drug information articles. As well, some forms of this medication may not be used for all of the conditions discussed here. If you have not discussed this with your doctor or are not sure why you are being given this medication, speak to your doctor. Do not stop using this medication without consulting your doctor.

Do not give this medication to anyone else, even if they have the same symptoms as you do. It can be harmful for people to use this medication if their doctor has not prescribed it.

How should I use Aristocort?

A small amount of this medication should be applied to the affected areas no more than 3 or 4 times daily. For some cases of psoriasis and certain other conditions, your doctor may advise you to cover the area with an occlusive dressing (a dressing that doesn't breathe) such as plastic wrap for more effective treatment. If your doctor has not suggested this, do not cover the area as this may cause unwanted effects.

Do not let this medication get in your eyes. If contact occurs, flush with plenty of water and consult your doctor.

Many things can affect the dose of a medication that a person needs, such as body weight, other medical conditions, and other medications. If your doctor has recommended a dose different from the ones listed here, do not change the way that you are using the medication without consulting your doctor.

It is important to use this medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor. If you miss a dose, apply it as soon as possible and continue with your regular schedule. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not apply a double dose to make up for a missed one. If you are not sure what to do after missing a dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.

Store this medication at room temperature, protect it from light and moisture, and keep it out of the reach of children.

Do not dispose of medications in wastewater (e.g. down the sink or in the toilet) or in household garbage. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medications that are no longer needed or have expired.





What form(s) does Aristocort come in?

Cream
Aristocort "C" (0.5%), concentrate; Aristocort "R" (0.1%), regular. Nonmedicinal ingredients: benzyl alcohol, emulsifying wax, glycerin, isopropyl palmitate, lactic acid, sorbitol solution, and purified water.

Ointment
Aristocort "R" (0.1%), regular. The ointment contains no preservatives. Nonmedicinal ingredients: white petrolatum.

Who should NOT take Aristocort?

Triamcinolone topical medications should not be used by anyone who:

  • is allergic to triamcinolone or to any of the ingredients of the medication
  • has a skin infection caused by viruses, including herpes simplex, vaccinia, and varicella (chickenpox)
  • has tuberculosis of the skin
  • has untreated infected skin lesions caused by an infection with fungi or bacteria if no antifungal (for fungal infections) or antibacterial agent (for bacterial infections) is used at the same time

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