Generic Name: triamcinolone acetonide
Product Name: Aristocort
Indication: What Aristocort is used for
Aristocort is used on the skin to relieve the redness, swelling, itching and discomfort of many skin problems such as:
- Psoriasis (a stubborn skin disorder with raised, rough, reddened areas covered with dry, fine silvery scales)
- Eczema (an often itchy skin condition with redness, swelling, oozing of fluid, crusting which may lead to scaling)
- Other types of skin disease (dermatitis)
- Itching on the anus or vulva
- Inflammation of the external part of the ear
Your doctor may have prescribed this medicine for another purpose. Ask your doctor if you have any questions about why this medicine has been prescribed for you.
Action: How Aristocort works
The active ingredient in Aristocort cream and ointment is triamcinolone acetonide 0.02%.
Aristocort cream also contains the following inactive ingredients:
- Benzyl alcohol;
- Isopropyl palmitate;
- Sorbitol (70% noncrystallising);
- Lactic acid;
Aristocort ointment also contains the inactive ingredient white soft paraffin. It does not contain lanolin, preservatives or colouring agents.
Dose advice: How to use Aristocort
Before you use it
When you must not use it
Do not use Aristocort if:
- You have an allergy to:
- Triamcinolone acetonide
- Any of the ingredients in Aristocort
- You have a viral skin infection (such as cold sores, shingles or chicken pox)
- You have a fungal skin infection (such as thrush, tinea or ringworm)
- Tuberculosis of the skin
Ask your doctor to check that you do not have any of these conditions.
Do not use Aristocort if the packaging is torn or shows signs of tampering.
Do not use this medicine if the expiry date (EXP) printed on the pack has passed. If you use this medicine after the expiry date has passed, it may not work as well.
If you are not sure whether you should start taking Aristocort, contact your doctor.
Before you start to use it
Tell your doctor if:
- You have any allergies to any other medicines or any other substances, such as foods, preservatives or dyes.
- You are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. Your doctor will discuss the risks and benefits of using Aristocort when pregnant.
- You are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed. Your doctor will discuss the risks and benefits of using Aristocort when breastfeeding. Do not apply Aristocort to the breasts before breastfeeding.
If you have not told your doctor about any of the above, tell them before you use any Aristocort.
Using other medicines
Tell your doctor if you are using other creams, ointments or lotions or taking any medicine. This includes any that you buy without a prescription from a pharmacy, supermarket or health food shop.
Some medicines may interfere with Aristocort. You may need to use different amounts of your medicine, or you may need to use different medicines. Your doctor will advise you.
How to use it
Follow all directions given to you by your doctor and pharmacist carefully. These directions may differ from the information contained here.
If you do not understand the instructions on the box, ask your doctor or pharmacist for help.
How much to use
Aristocort is applied to the affected area three or four times daily.
How to use it
- Smooth a little Aristocort on the problem area three or four times a day.
- Use just enough to cover the area without forcing or causing discomfort. Do not rub or stretch the skin.
- If you are using Aristocort cream, use enough to disappear into the skin without leaving any on the skin.
- If you are using Aristocort ointment, use enough for a fine layer over the affected area.
- Do not use on skin wounds where the skin is broken or open, unless your doctor tells you to.
- Wash your hands after using Aristocort. Be careful not to get Aristocort in your eyes. If you do, flush your eyes with water.
- Do not bandage or wrap the treated skin unless your doctor tells you to.
It is important to use Aristocort exactly as your doctor has told you. If you use it less often than you should, it may not work as well and your skin problem may not improve. Using it more often than you should may not improve your skin problem any faster and may cause or increase side effects.
Use Aristocort at the same time every day.
How long to use it for
Your doctor or pharmacist will tell you how long to use Aristocort. Do not use Aristocort for longer than your doctor tells you. If you use Aristocort for longer than your doctor tells you, the chance of side effects may increase.
If you are not sure how long to use Aristocort, talk to your doctor or pharmacist.
If you forget to use it
If you have missed one application of Aristocort, use it as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next application, skip the dose you missed and apply it when you are next meant to. Do not use a double dose to make up for the dose that you missed.
If you have trouble remembering to use your medicine, ask your pharmacist for some hints.
If you swallow it
Immediately telephone your doctor or Poisons Information Centre (telephone 13 11 26), or go to casualty at your nearest hospital, if you think that you or anyone else may have swallowed Aristocort. Do this even if there are no signs of discomfort or poisoning. You may need urgent medical attention. Keep these telephone numbers handy.
While you are using it
Things you must do
Tell all doctors and pharmacists who are treating you that you are using Aristocort.
If you feel that Aristocort is not helping your condition, tell your doctor.
Tell your doctor if, for any reason, you have not used Aristocort exactly as prescribed. Otherwise, your doctor may think that it was not effective and change your treatment unnecessarily.
If you become pregnant while using Aristocort, tell your doctor.
Things you must not do
Do not use Aristocort just before having a bath, shower or going swimming. If you do, you may reduce the effectiveness of Aristocort.
Do not use Aristocort under dressings or on large areas of skin unless your doctor tells you.
Do not use Aristocort in or near the eyes.
Do not give your medicine to anyone else, even if they have the same symptoms as yours.
Do not use it for other skin problems unless your doctor tells you to.
Things to be careful of
Do not use large amounts of Aristocort for a long time. If you use large amounts for a long time, it may be absorbed through the skin and increase the chance of side effects. Using too much Aristocort may cause thinning of the skin and stretch marks, especially on areas of thinner skin, such as the face, joint creases, groin and armpits. Ask your doctor if you are concerned about the length of time you have been using Aristocort.
Do not use Aristocort on skin areas that rub together such as under the arm or in the groin area unless your doctor tells you to.
After using it
Keep Aristocort in a cool dry place where the temperature stays below 25°C. Do not refrigerate Aristocort.
Schedule of Aristocort
Prescription Only Medicine (S4)
Side effects of Aristocort
Tell your doctor if you do not feel well while you are using Aristocort.
Aristocort helps most people with skin problems but it may have unwanted side effects in a few people.
All medicines can have side effects. Sometimes they are serious, most of the time they are not. You may need medical treatment if you get some of the side effects. Ask your doctor or pharmacist to answer any questions you may have.
Tell your doctor if you notice any of the following and they worry you:
- Itching or irritation;
- Blisters and inflammation under bandages or dressings if these are used.
These side effects are rare.
If Aristocort is used for too long the skin may become thin and weak or pigmented. Healing of the skin may be slower.
Other side effects not listed above may also occur in some patients. Tell your doctor if you notice anything else that is making you feel unwell.
Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you don’t understand anything in this list.
- Aristocort Consumer Medicine Information (CMI). St Leonards, NSW: Aspen Pharma Pty Ltd. April 2016. [PDF]
- Aristocort Product Information (PI). St Leonards, NSW: Aspen Pharma Pty Ltd. April 2016. [PDF]