Triamcinolone Acetonide

PetMD Editorial
By PetMD Editorial on Nov. 7, 2012

Drug Info

  • Common Name: Vetalog®, Triacet®, Triamtabs®, Cortalone®
  • Drug Type: Corticosteroid
  • Used For: Skin disorders
  • Species: Dogs, Cats
  • Administered: Tablet, ointment, injectable
  • FDA Approved: Yes

General Description

Triamcinolone is often used to treat red and itchy skin caused by a number of conditions. It is a corticosteroid, which reduces swelling. Triamcinolone is also often used in conjunction with antimicrobial and antifungal drugs in the drugs Animax and Panolog to treat ear and skin disorders caused by allergies or infections.

Dosage is dependent on the severity of the disease.

How It Works

Corticosteroids are meant to resemble a naturally occurring hormone produced in the adrenal cortex, cortisol. Corticosteroids act on the immune system by blocking the production of substances that trigger inflammatory and immmune responses. These responses can lead to many disorders and problems, including asthma and arthritis. It can also help your pet’s body cope with drastic changes, such as injury or surgery.

Storage Information

Store tablets at room temperature away from moisture and heat. The injection should be protected from light.

Missed Dose?

Give the missed dose as soon as possible. If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose, and continue with the regular schedule. Do not give your pet two doses at once. Contact your veterinarian if you miss giving doses two or more days in a row.

Side Effects and Drug Reactions

Triamcinolone may result in these side effects:

  • Allergic reaction (labored breathing, hives, etc)
  • Increased blood pressure
  • Sudden weight gain
  • Increased intake of water
  • Increased urination
  • Diabetes
  • Decreased immune system
  • Cushing’s syndrome with long-term use

Many drugs may react with Triamcinolone which may alter the effects of one or both drugs. Please consult your veterinarian before giving any other drug or herbal supplement to your pet while on Triamcinolone. Insulin requirements in diabetic animals may need to be increased with use of this product. Consult your veterinarian before changing any insulin doses or before giving a diabetic pet this drug. Try to give this medication at about the same time each day.

Do not stop use of this drug without first consulting your veterinarian. There needs to be a gradual reduction in dosage to wean your pet off steroids. Do not use this drug for severe bacterial or fungal infections. Triamcinolone tablets should be given with food to lessen stomach upset. Keep plenty of water available for the pet to drink

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