Aristocort is a brand name for triamcinolone, a medication most commonly prescribed to treat skin inflammation.
How It Works
The main ingredient of Aristocort, triamcinolone, is a synthetic corticosteroids. The body naturally produces corticosteroids in the adrenal gland. These hormones play an important role in regulating the body’s stress response, immune response and regulating reactions like inflammation. Synthetic corticosteroids like triamcinolone can imitate natural corticosteroids in the body. The drug can slow or stop inflammation causing agents released by the immune system. This can be useful when treating allergic conditions.
Aristocort is mainly prescribed to reduce skin inflammation caused by allergies. The drug is very effective in reducing swelling, redness, irritation and itchiness associated with conditions like eczema, dermatitis and rashes.
Aristocort is not a cure for skin inflammation caused by allergic reactions or conditions mentioned above. The drug can only relieve symptoms like unbearable itchiness. Patients with conditions like eczema can take Aristocort to work better and sleep better. Reducing problems like itchiness can help rashes and eczema heal better.
Aristocort can be applied topically as a cream, or injected as a suspension.
Dosage of Aristocort will vary depending on the prescription and type of the medication being used. Aristocort cream does not have a set dosage, while Aristocort oral suspension or injection will. Your physician will advise you on the correct dosage to take depending on your unique condition and the form of the medication most suitable for you.
Aristocort cream should be applied on to the skin in small amounts. Wash hands before application. Then take a recommended amount of cream and gently rub on the affected area. Make sure the cream is well distributed on the affected skin. Wash hands after applying the cream. Don’t wash hands only if the cream is being applied onto the hands.
After applying Aristocort cream, do not wrap or cover the affected area. Avoid covering the affected area with tight-fitting clothes as well.
If Aristocort injectable suspension is prescribed, have a medically-trained professional administer the suspension to you. Otherwise, you should follow the exact instructions of the prescribing physician regarding injecting the Aristocort suspension.
Follow dosages exactly as prescribed. It’s important to follow the dosage schedule when applying Aristocort as a cream to avoid severe side effects.
Aristocort may cause one or more of the following side effects:
Major side effects of Aristocort include blistering, flaking, crusting or scaling of skin. Immediately report such side effects to your doctor.
Do not use Aristocort is you are known to be allergic to any of the ingredients in the medication.
Aristocort may not be safe to use in pregnant or breastfeeding women, or women who are planning to get pregnant soon.
Do not use Aristocort without medical advice if you are suffering from a skin infection, problems of the adrenal gland, liver problems, diabetes or thinning of skin.
Consult a doctor if Aristocort is safe to use when taking with other medications, herbal supplements, vitamins or skin creams.