Kenalog review

Kenalog, which is generically prescribed as triamcinolone topical, is commonly used to treat inflammation of the skin. Kenalog is most commonly used to treat inflammation caused by allergic reactions, psoriasis, eczema, and in the dental form is used to treat mouth ulcers. It may be used to treat inflammation brought on by other causes. Kenalog is not effective at treating bacterial, fungal, or viral infections of the skin.

Kenalog is not appropriate for everyone. A thorough medical history should be assessed prior to prescribing this medication. Patients with a medical history which includes skin infection, tuberculosis of the skin, chicken pox, herpes, cold sores, sunburned or wind burned skin, chapped skin, open sores, diabetes, or a stomach ulcer may not be able to take Kenalog or may require careful monitoring while undergoing drug therapy with this medication, depending on the condition and the severity of the condition.

The American Food and Drug Administration rated Kenalog as a pregnancy risk category C. This medication has been known to cause harm or birth defects in unborn babies. It has yet to be determined whether or not Kenalog passes through the mother’s breast milk and affects a nursing baby. The prescribing physician should avoid prescribing this medication to women who are pregnant, nursing, or have a high likelihood of becoming pregnant.

There is a risk of side effects associated with Kenalog, some of which are severe. A patient who is experience a serious side effect or an allergic reaction should seek immediate emergency treatment. An allergic reaction will present with symptoms which may include facial swelling, such as swelling of the lips, mouth, tongue, or throat, hives, and difficulty breathing. Other serious side effects which require immediate emergency medical treatment include symptoms such as insomnia, blurry vision, mood changes, halo vision, fatigue, weight gain, facial puffiness, or irregular heart rate.

Other less serious side effects typically do not require emergency medical attention but should be reported to the prescribing physician. Patients should be encouraged to report all side effects. Less serious side effects include symptoms such as thinning of the skin, stretch marks, burning, tingling, peeling of the skin, itching, or skin redness. Less serious side effects can often be reduced to a tolerable level by reducing the dosage of Kenalog.

Kenalog should be taken exactly as it has been prescribed by the physician. If the patient misses an application, the dose should be applied as soon as it is remembered. However, if it is almost time for the next scheduled application, the missed dose should be skipped to avoid the potential for an overdose. The patient should never use a double dose of this medication. If an overdose is suspected, the patient should seek immediate emergency medical attention. An overdose will present with symptoms which may include severe peeling of the skin, sudden vision problems, and fast, slow, or irregular heart rates.

There is a potential risk of negative drug interactions associated with Kenalog. A thorough medical history should be understood prior to prescribing this medication. Patients should be urged to inquire with the prescribing physician before taking any new medications including over the counter medications and herbal remedies. Medications with known negative drug interactions include other various topical medications. Using other topical medications or treatments may cause serious irritation as well as increase the risk of side effects, including serious side effects.

Kenalog has the following structural formula:

Chemical structure of kenalog

 Molecular formula of kenalog is C21H27FO6
 Chemical IUPAC Name is 9-fluoro-11,16,17-trihydroxy-17-(2-hydroxyacetyl)-10,13-dimethyl-6,7,8,9,10, 11,12,13,14,15,16,17-dodecahydrocyclopenta[a]phenanthren-3-one
 Molecular weight is 394.434 g/mol
 Kenalog available : aerosol 63gm can, 0.1% cream 15gm tube, 0.5% cream 20gm tube, 0.1% cream 60gm tube, 0.1% cream 80gm tube, 0.025% lotion 60ml bottle, 0.1% lotion 60ml bottle, 0.1% ointment 15gm tube, 0.1% ointment 60gm tube

Generic name: Triamcinolone

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