Before you begin using a medication, be sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions or allergies you may have, any medications you are taking, whether you are pregnant or breast-feeding, and any other significant facts about your health. These factors may affect how you should use this medication.
Growth in adolescents and children: Corticosteroids taken by mouth may impair the growth of adolescents and children. Although the use of nasal corticosteroids is less likely to cause this effect, your doctor will monitor for this. If you have any concerns, talk to your doctor.
Infection: Corticosteroids such as triamcinolone nasal spray may worsen existing infections, mask the signs of infection, and cause new infections. If you use this medication for several months or longer, your doctor will monitor you periodically for signs of infection. If you have not had chicken pox or measles or have not been vaccinated against these infections, take special care to avoid exposure to them.
Other corticosteroid medications: If you have been taking oral corticosteroids and are starting triamcinolone nasal spray, your doctor should carefully monitor your condition. Changing from the oral form to the nasal spray can cause symptoms such as tiredness, aches, pains, and depression. Tell your doctor if you have used or are using other corticosteroids. Your doctor will monitor you while you are taking this medication.
Stopping treatment: Do not stop this medication suddenly. It should be stopped gradually as directed by your doctor.
Vision problems: Long-term use of corticosteroids such as triamcinolone nasal spray may cause glaucoma or cataracts. Report any vision changes to your doctor immediately.
Wound healing: Corticosteroids such as triamcinolone can reduce the ability of wounds to heal. If you have ulcers in your nose, have had nasal surgery, or have had nasal trauma, talk to your doctor about how this medication will affect these conditions. Your doctor may recommend stopping this medication, or waiting until wounds have completely healed to start using it.
Pregnancy: This medication should not be used during pregnancy unless the benefits outweigh the risks. If you become pregnant while taking this medication, contact your doctor immediately.
Breast-feeding: It is not known if triamcinolone passes into breast milk, but it is suspected that it does. If you are breast-feeding mother and using this medication, it may affect your baby. Talk to your doctor about whether you should continue breast-feeding.
Children: The safety and effectiveness of using this medication have not been established for children under 4 years of age. Children between 4 and 12 years of age should only use this medication under the direction of a doctor.