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Triamcinolone acetonide
Topical Corticosteroid Creams and Ointments
Topical steroid products are effective because of their anti-inflammatory, antipruritic and vasoconstrictive properties.
Indications: Indicated for topical therapy of corticosteroid responsive acute and chronic dermatoses, where an anti-inflammatory, anti-
allergenic and antipruritic activity in topical management is required.
ARISTOCORT triamcinolone acetonide topical prepartions have been demonstrated to be effective in the adjunctive treatment of the
following dermatoses: atopic dermatitis, pruritus vulvae and ani, generalized erythorodermia, external otitis, seborrheic dermatitis, eczematized
psoriasis, neurodermatitis. The concentrated 0.5 % ARISTOCORT C triamcinolone acetonide preparation has been of greatest usefulness in the initial suppression of the acute manifestations of difficult to manage dermatologic conditions. The regular 0.1% ARISTOCORT R topical preparations are indicated for the control of dermatoses, once difficult conditions are suppressed. ARISTOCORT Ointment is preferable to creams when one is dealing with a dry lesion, whereas the cream base formulations are preferable on weeping lesions. It must be remembered that steroid therapy, although responsible for remissions of dermatoses, especially of allergic origin, cannot be expected to prevent recurrence. In the case of contact or allergic dermatitis, it is important to investigate causal factors and to remove the offending material or allergen.
Contraindications: Topical steroids are contraindicated in:
1. Untreated bacterial, tubercular and fungal infections involving the skin, and in certain viral diseases such as herpes simplex, chicken pox, and
2. Hypersensitivity to any of the components.
Warnings: The safety of topical corticosteroids during pregnancy and lactation has not been established. The potential benefit of topical
corticosteroids, if used during pregnancy and lactation, should be weighed against possible hazard to the foetus or the nursing infant. If used
under an occlusive dressing, particularly over extensive areas, sufficient absorption may take place to give rise to adrenal suppression and other
systemic effects.
Topical corticosteroids are not for ophthalmic use.
Precautions: Should not be used on lesions close to the eye. Although hypersensitivity reactions have been rare with topically applied steroid
products, the drug should be discontinued and appropriate therapy initiated if there are signs of reaction.
Prolonged use of topical corticosteroid products may produce atrophy of the skin and of subcutaneous tissues, particularly on flexor surfaces and on the face. If this is noted, discontinue the use of this product. In cases of bacterial infections of the skin, appropriate antibacterial agents should be used as primary therapy. If it is considered necessary, the topical corticosteroid product may be used as an adjunct to control inflammation, erythema and itching. The product should be used with caution in patients with stasis dermatitis and other skin diseases associated with impaired circulation. If symptomatic response is not noted within a few days to a week, the local applications of corticosteroid should be discontinued and the patient re-evaluated. During the use of topical corticosteroids secondary infections may occur. Significant systemic absorption may result when steroids are applied over large areas of the body. To minimize this possibility, when long-term therapy is anticipated, interrupt treatment periodically or treat one area of the body at a time. Patients should be advised to inform subsequent physicians if there is an elevation of body
Adverse Effects: When occlusive dressings are used, pustules, miliaria, folloculitis and pyoderma may occur. The following adverse skin
reactions have been reported with the use of topical steroids: dryness, itching, burning, local irritation, striae, skin atrophy, hypertrichosis,
change in pigmentation and secondary infection. Adrenal suppression has also been reported following topical corticosteroid therapy.
Posterior subcapsular cataracts have been reported following systemic use of corticosteroids.
Dosage and Administration: Apply in small quantities to the affected areas 3 or 4 times daily.
Supplied: Cream: Aristocort "C" (0.5%), concentrate, 15 g tubes and 50 g tubes; Aristocort "R" (0.1 %), regular, 30 g tubes and 500 g jars.
Nonmedicinal ingredients: benzyl alcohol, emulsifying wax, glycerin, isopropyl palmitate, lactic acid, purified water and sorbitol solution.
Ointment: Aristocort “R” (0.1%) regular, 30 g tubes. No preservatives. Nonmedicinal ingredient: white petrolatum.
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