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  • Generic Name: (triamcinolone acetonide)
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  • Last Revised: 09/2014
    • What is this medication and its most common uses?

      Kenalog-40 is a medicine used for the short-term treatment of certain conditions affecting the joints, such as gouty arthritis, bursitis, or rheumatoid arthritis. Kenalog-40 is also used to reduce swelling and improve symptoms associated with certain allergic, skin, stomach, intestinal, blood, eye, nervous system, kidney, or lung disorders; certain cancers; and certain infections. Kenalog-40 may also be used to treat other conditions, as determined by your healthcare provider. Kenalog-40 is administered as intra-articular (into your joint) or intramuscular (into your muscle) injections.

    • What should I know when beginning and continuing on this medication?

      How does this medication work?

      Kenalog-40 works by reducing swelling, thereby reducing symptoms associated with various conditions.

      What are the beneficial effects of this medication and when should I begin to have results?

      What: Kenalog-40 may reduce your swelling and relieve symptoms associated with certain conditions.

      When: Everyone responds differently to treatment, so try to be patient and follow your healthcare provider's directions.

      How do I know it is working?

      You may feel an improvement in your symptoms after you receive Kenalog-40. This is a good indicator that your medication is working. Your healthcare provider may ask you questions to assess how well your symptoms are controlled.

    • What are the possible side effects of this medication?

      The following is not a full list of side effects. Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your healthcare provider as soon as possible. Only your healthcare provider can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this medication.

      More common side effects may include: increased blood pressure, behavior or mood changes, increased appetite, weight gain.

      Less common side effects may include:

      Adrenal insufficiency (a disorder where the body does not make enough of certain hormones), with symptoms such as tiredness that worsens and does not go away, nausea or vomiting, dizziness or fainting, muscle weakness, irritability and depression, loss of appetite, or weight loss.

      Eye problems, such as glaucoma (high pressure in the eye), cataracts, or an infection.

      Slowed or delayed growth in children.

      Kenalog-40 may also cause serious allergic reactions, injection-site reactions, salt and water retention, decreased blood potassium levels in your body, or may increase your risk of developing an infection.

      Kenalog-40 contains a preservative called benzyl alcohol. Benzyl alcohol may harm premature babies or babies with low birth weight.

    • Who should not take this medication?

      Your healthcare provider will not administer Kenalog-40 to you if you are allergic to it or any of its ingredients.

      Your healthcare provider will not administer Kenalog-40 into your muscle if you have a bleeding disorder called idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura.

    • What should I tell my healthcare provider before I take the first dose of this medication?

      Tell your healthcare provider about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Kenalog-40. Also, talk to your healthcare provider about your complete medical history, especially if you have heart, liver, kidney, or thyroid problems; high blood pressure; any type of infection (including tuberculosis [a bacterial infection that affects the lungs]); recently been near anyone who has chickenpox or measles; recently traveled to a tropical area; unexplained diarrhea; stomach or intestinal problems (such as an ulcer); psychiatric conditions (such as mood swings or personality changes); osteoporosis (thin, weak bones); or myasthenia gravis (a disease characterized by long-lasting fatigue and muscle weakness).

    • What is the usual dosage?

      The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your healthcare provider uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your healthcare provider may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your healthcare provider's approval.

      Adults and children: Your healthcare provider will prescribe the appropriate dose for you or your child based on the condition, and may adjust the dose as needed, until the desired effect is achieved.

    • How should I take this medication?

      Your healthcare provider will administer Kenalog-40 to you.

    • What should I avoid while taking this medication?

      Do not miss your scheduled follow-up appointments with your healthcare provider.

      Do not come in contact with anyone who has chickenpox or measles while you are receiving Kenalog-40.

      Do not receive certain vaccines during treatment with Kenalog-40 without first talking to your healthcare provider.

    • What are the possible food and drug interactions associated with this medication?

      If Kenalog-40 is used with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. Kenalog-40 may interact with numerous medications. Therefore, it is very important that you tell your healthcare provider about any other medications you are taking.

    • May I receive this medication if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

      The effects of Kenalog-40 during pregnancy are unknown. Kenalog-40 can be found in your breast milk if you receive it while breastfeeding. Tell your healthcare provider immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

    • What should I do if I miss a dose of this medication?

      Kenalog-40 should be given under special circumstances determined by your healthcare provider. If you miss your scheduled dose, contact your healthcare provider or pharmacist for advice.

    • How should I store this medication?

      Your healthcare provider will store this medication for you.

    • Who should I contact in case of emergency or overdose?
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      In the event of a medical emergency call your doctor or 9-1-1 immediately. In the event of overdose, call your doctor or poison control for further instructions.
      National Poison Control#: Call 1-800-222-1222

      This PDR+ drug information has been developed by the Physicians’ Desk Reference Network (PDRN), a source of medication information trusted by doctors for over 65 years.

      This monograph summarizes the most important information about your medication and does not cover all the information you may need. If you have any questions or concerns or want to learn more about your medication, ask your healthcare provider; he/she will be able to provide answers to your questions. This medication should only be used by the patient for whom it was prescribed and should not be shared with other people.
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