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triamcinilone
Posted by: Gail
Date: October 20, 2000 8:16 PM

What are the side effects of long term use of triamcinilone? Aside from increased thirst and more frequent urination, does prolonged use of this corticosteroid affect the liver? Does is promote the onset of osteoporosis? Any other side effects?

RE: triamcinilone
Posted by: Ron Kennedy, MD
Date: October 24, 2000 3:19 PM

Side effects of systemic Triamcinolone (a corticosteroid used to suppress inflmmation) include:

Allergic reaction (difficulty breathing; closing of your throat; swelling of your lips, tongue, or face; or hives);
· increased blood pressure (severe headache or blurred vision); or
· sudden weight gain (more than 5 pounds in a day or two).
• Other, less serious side effects may be more likely to occur:
· insomnia;
· nausea, vomiting, or stomach upset;
· fatigue or dizziness;
· muscle weakness or joint pain;
· problems with diabetes control; or
· increased hunger or thirst.
• Other side effects that occur only rarely, usually with high doses of triamcinolone, include
· acné,
· increased hair growth,
· thinning of your skin,
· cataracts,
· glaucoma,
· osteoporosis,
· round face, and
· changes in behavior.
• Side effects other than those listed here may also occur. If you must take this stuff, stay in close communication with your doctor.







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