What is Azmacort
is a steroid. It prevents the release of substances in the
body that cause inflammation.
is used to prevent asthma attacks and other conditions involving
inflammation of the lung tissues.
may also be used for purposes other than those listed in this
General medical information about Azmacort
Azmacort will not stop an asthma attack that has
already started. It is used to prevent attacks.
not use more of this medication than is prescribed for you.
Too much may cause serious side effects.
on a regular basis for best results. It may take several
weeks to get the maximum effect of this medication.
It is very important that you use the triamcinolone inhaler
properly, so that the medicine gets into your lungs. You
doctor may want you to use a spacer with the inhaler. Talk
to your doctor about proper inhaler use.
attention if you notice that you require more than your
usual or more than the maximum amount of any asthma medication
in a 24-hour period. An increased need for medication could
be an early sign of a serious asthma attack.
What you should discuss with your doctor before
using Azmacort Before using this medication, tell your doctor if
you have a viral, bacterial, or fungal infection of any
kind. The absorption of this drug into your system can inhibit
the body's ability to fight off infections. You may not
be able to use Azmacort if you have an infection.
Azmacort will not stop an asthma attack that has already
started. It is used to prevent attacks. Do not use Azmacort
to treat an asthma attack. If you are having an asthma attack
that is not responding to any treatment, seek emergency
Azmacort is in the FDA pregnancy
category C. This means that it is not known whether Azmacort
will be harmful to an unborn baby. Do not use this medication
without first talking to your doctor if you are pregnant
or could become pregnant during treatment.
not known whether triamcinolone passes into breast milk.
Do not use Azmacort without first talking to your doctor
if you are breast-feeding a baby.
Azmacort is not
approved for use by children younger than 6 years of age.
How should you use Azmacort Use Azmacort exactly as directed by your doctor.
Read the information insert included with the inhaler. If
you do not understand these instructions, ask your pharmacist,
nurse, or doctor to explain them to you.
If you are
also using a bronchodilator such as albuterol (Proventil,
Ventolin), pirbuterol (Maxair), or bitolterol (Tornalate),
use the bronchodilator first, then use the Azmacort. Using
the medications in this order will allow more triamcinolone
to reach the lungs.
Shake the inhaler several times
and uncap the mouthpiece. Breathe out fully. For best results,
hold the inhaler 1 to 2 inches in front of your open mouth
or attach a spacer to the inhaler and place the spacer in
your mouth, above your tongue and past your teeth. Take
a deep, slow breath as you push down on the canister. Hold
your breath for 10 seconds, then exhale slowly. If you place
the inhaler directly into your mouth, you may not receive
the correct amount of medicine because it will be propelled
onto the back of your tongue and/or throat. If you do use
the inhaler directly in your mouth, be sure that it is above
your tongue and past your teeth.
To reduce the chance
of a yeast infection in your mouth, rinse your mouth after
It is very important that you use
the triamcinolone inhaler properly, so that the medicine
gets into your lungs. Your doctor may want you to use a
spacer with the inhaler. Talk to your doctor about proper
Do not use more of this medication than
is prescribed for you, but use it consistently, as directed,
even when you are feeling better. It may be several weeks
before you see the effects of triamcinolone. Talk to your
doctor if your symptoms do not improve or if they get worse.
Azmacort will not stop an attack after it has started.
It is used to prevent attacks from occurring. Keep another
medicine on hand to treat attacks.
Seek medical attention
if you notice that you require more than your usual or more
than the maximum amount of any asthma medication in a 24-hour
period. An increased need for medication could be an early
sign of a serious asthma attack.
Continue to take
any oral steroid (pills or liquid) that your doctor has
prescribed. Azmacort is not a substitute for an oral steroid.
If you are switching from an oral steroid (pills
or liquid) to Azmacort, carry or wear identification that
will let others know that you may require a systemic steroid
during a severe asthma attack or during another traumatic
situation. Discuss with your doctor the precautions necessary
when discontinuing an oral steroid.
Rinse the inhaler
in warm water as often as once a day to keep it clean and
Store this medication at room temperature
away from moisture and heat.
If you miss a dose: Use the missed dose as soon as you remember. However,
if it is almost time for the next regularly scheduled dose,
skip the missed dose and use the next one as directed. Do
not use a double dose of this medication.
What happens if you overdose: An overdose of this medication is not likely to occur.
If you do think an overdose has occurred, call an emergency
room or poison control center.
What should you avoid while using Azmacort Avoid items or activities that you know are known
allergens. Clean areas where dust or pet fur may aggravate
Avoid exposing yourself to known
sources of infection. Stay away from people with chicken
pox, measles, or any other type of infection. Your immune
system may not be strong enough to fight off an infection
while using Azmacort.
Possible side effects of Azmacort Serious side effects from Azmacort are not likely
to occur. If you experience any of the following serious
side effects, stop using Azmacort and seek emergency medical
attention or notify your doctor immediately:
allergic reaction (difficulty breathing; closing of the
throat; swelling of the lips, tongue, or face; or hives);
- numbness, tingling, or pain;
- a rash or
unexplained open sores or bruising; or
Other, less serious side effects
may be more likely to occur. Continue to use Azmacort and
talk to your doctor if you experience
- dryness of
the mouth, nose, or throat after use;
- yeast (or
another) infection in the mouth or throat (white patches);
- hoarseness or deepening of the voice, cough, or
- increased pressure
in the eyes, glaucoma, or tearing of the eyes;
headache or lightheadedness;
- unpleasant (or loss
of taste) or smell;
- decreased growth in children
taking large doses; or
- cataracts, which may develop
after long-term use.
Side effects other than those
listed here may also occur. Talk to your doctor about any
side effect that seems unusual or that is especially bothersome.
What other drugs will affect Azmacort Tell your doctor and pharmacist about all other drugs
you are taking. The use of other oral, nasal, or inhaled
steroids may increase the chance of side effects or overdose.
other than those listed here may also interact with Azmacort
or affect your condition. Talk to your doctor and pharmacist
before taking any prescription or over-the-counter medicines,
including herbal products.