Triesence

Generic Name: Triamcinolone

  • What is Triesence?

    Triesence is an intraocular medicine (injected into the eye) that is used to treat certain inflammatory conditions of the eye. Triesence is also used to improve visualization during a certain eye surgery called vitrectomy.

  • What is the most important information I should know about Triesence?

    Triesence can cause allergic reactions. Tell your doctor immediately or seek immediate emergency assistance if you develop swelling of your face, tongue, or throat, if you feel lightheadedness, itchiness, or difficulty breathing.

    Triesence can mask some signs of infection, making it difficult for your doctor to diagnose it. Also, Triesence can lower your resistance to infections and make them harder to treat. Tell your doctor if you develop a fever or other signs of infection.

    Triesence can lead to glaucoma (high pressure in the eye), visual disturbances, cataracts, inflammation of your eye, or new eye infections. Triesence should be used with caution if you have an existing active herpes simplex virus (HSV) eye infection.

    Do not expose yourself to chickenpox or measles while you are receiving Triesence. This can be very serious and even fatal in children and adults who have not had chickenpox or measles. Also, Triesence can reactivate an inactive case of tuberculosis (a bacterial infection that affects the lungs).

    Triesence can cause increased blood pressure, holding onto salt and water in your body, or decreased blood potassium levels. Your doctor will check your blood pressure and electrolyte levels (chemicals that are important for the cells in your body to function, such as sodium and potassium) while you are receiving Triesence.

    Triesence can also cause elevated blood sugar, gastrointestinal problems, behavioral or mood disturbances, osteoporosis (thin, weak bones), growth and development, weight gain, or muscle weakness.

  • Who should not take Triesence?

    Your doctor will not administer Triesence to you if you are allergic to it or any of its ingredients, or if you have a fungal infection.

  • What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of Triesence?

    Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Triesence. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you have any infections, cataracts, glaucoma, certain eye infections, tuberculosis, heart problems, high blood pressure, kidney or liver problems, diabetes, thyroid problems, psychiatric conditions, ulcerative colitis (inflammatory disease of the large intestine), other intestinal problems, stomach ulcers, osteoporosis, myasthenia gravis (a disease characterized by long-lasting fatigue and muscle weakness), or are under stress (such as trauma, surgery, or severe illness). Tell your doctor immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

  • What is the usual dosage?

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

    Adults: Your doctor will administer the appropriate dose for you based on your condition.

  • How should I take Triesence?

    Your doctor will administer Triesence to you.

  • What should I avoid while taking Triesence?

    Do not miss your scheduled follow-up appointments with your doctor.

  • What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Triesence?

    If Triesence is used with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to tell your doctor if you are taking any of the following prior to treatment with Triesence: amphotericin B, antidiabetic medications (such as glipizide, insulin, or metformin), aspirin, barbiturates (such as phenobarbital), birth control pills, blood thinners (such as warfarin), carbamazepine, certain antibiotics (such as erythromycin), cholestyramine, cyclosporine, digoxin, diuretics (water pills) (such as ethacrynic acid or furosemide), estrogen, isoniazid, ketoconazole, phenytoin, rifampin, or vaccines (such as smallpox vaccine).

  • What are the possible side effects of Triesence?

    Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this drug.

    Side effects may include: behavioral or mood changes, cataracts, elevated blood pressure, eye infection, eye inflammation, glaucoma, increase in appetite, increase in blood sugar, vision problems, weight gain

  • Can I receive Triesence if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

    Triesence can harm your unborn baby if you receive it during pregnancy. Triesence can be found in your breast milk if you receive it while breastfeeding. The effects of Triesence during breastfeeding are unknown. Tell your doctor immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

  • What should I do if I miss a dose of Triesence?

    Triesence should be given under special circumstances as determined by your doctor.

  • How should I store Triesence?

    Your doctor will store this medication for you.