What should I know about triamcinolone acetonide injectable (Triesence)?

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You should know that Triesence (triamcinolone acetonide injectable suspension) will be injected into your eye to treat inflammation or to let the eye surgeon see the inside of the eye for surgery. If you have a fungal infection, your doctor must know before administering Triesence to you. Since it is a steroid, its use may increase your risk of getting eye infections. Injection into the eye may increase the pressure in the eye which can lead to glaucoma. Steroid use in the eye can lead to cataracts.

Although Triesence is administered into the eye from which little is expected to be absorbed into the bloodstream, side effects not related to the eye can happen. It can cause problems if you have a history of certain medical conditions, including heart attack, thyroid disorder, stomach or intestinal problems, intestinal worms, infections (fungal, viral or bacterial, including chicken pox or the measles), muscle disorders or a condition called idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura. Similarly, Triesence may interact poorly with certain medications, such as antibiotics, insulin, seizure medications, blood thinners, aspirin, other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), heart medications (like digoxin), barbiturates, birth control pills, tuberculosis drugs (like isoniazid and rifampin) and some antifungal and anti-steroid medications.

You should also know that Triesence may diminish the effectiveness of vaccines. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding you should alert your doctor, as triamcinolone may cause damage to your child's health.