Azmacort

Generic name: Triamcinolone acetonide

Azmacort is a corticosteroid inhaler. It works to control inflammation of the mucosal lining of the bronchi, making it easier to breathe. 

Quick Facts About Azmacort

Purpose

Used as a long-term therapy to treat bronchial asthma attacks.

Azmacort Dosage

Take exactly as prescribed, on a regular daily basis. For oral inhalation only. If using a bronchodilator inhalant, use before Azmacort inhalant, separated by several minutes.

  • Usual adult dose: 2 inhalations (approximately 200 micrograms) taken 3 or 4 times per day, not to exceed 16 inhalations per day.
  • Usual child dose: for children 6 to 12 years — 1 or 2 inhalations (approximately 100 to 200 micrograms) taken 3 or 4 times per day, not to exceed 12 inhalations per day. For children under 6 years — not generally prescribed.
  • Missed dose: take as soon as possible, unless almost time for next dose. If so, skip missed dose; go back to regular schedule. Do not double doses.

Azmacort Side Effects

Overdose symptoms:

most likely signaled by an increase in the side effects. If you suspect an overdose, immediately seek medical attention.

More common side effects: dry mouth, dry throat hoarseness, irritated throat.

Less common Azmacort side effects: facial swelling, increased wheezing and cough, mouth and throat infections.

Interactions

Inform your doctor before combining Azmacort with alternate-day Prednisone treatment.

No known food/other substance interactions. 

Special Cautions

If pregnant or planning to become pregnant inform your doctor immediately. Not known whether Azmacort appears in breast milk.

No specific precautions apply to seniors.

Follow doctor’s instructions carefully for children. Children are more susceptible to infection; try to avoid exposure to chicken pox and measles. Children’s growth should be monitored by a doctor when using Azmacort.

  • Do not use if occasional treatment for asthma is needed, if asthma can be controlled with nonsteroid medications, or if your bronchitis is not a result of asthma.
  • Notify your doctor before taking Azmacort if you have: extreme stress, herpes infections of the eye, recent surgery, tuberculosis, or untreated fungal, bacterial, or systemic viral infections.
  • Tell your doctor if you experience: depression, fungal infection in the mouth and throat, joint or muscular pain, light-headedness, weariness, or weight loss.

Note:

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