Drug Interactions With Triamcinolone Inhalers

As of December 2009, the manufacturer of the triamcinolone inhaler decided to stop making it in order to comply with regulations concerning chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), chemicals that may deplete the ozone layer. Had the triamcinolone inhaler been a more popular drug, the manufacturer would probably have chosen to reformulate the drug without CFCs, instead of just discontinuing it. Any unexpired triamcinolone inhalers still in pharmacies may be dispensed until December 31, 2010, after which they can no longer be sold in the United States.
The triamcinolone inhaler (Azmacort®) can potentially interact with one other medication, prednisone (Deltasone®). Combining prednisone with the triamcinolone inhaler may increase the risk of side effects. Talk to your healthcare provider before taking these medications together, especially on a regular basis.
There are many other drug interactions with triamcinolone (the active ingredient of the triamcinolone inhaler). However, since triamcinolone is inhaled directly into the lungs, blood levels of triamcinolone are usually low. Medications that would normally interact with injectable or oral triamcinolone are not likely to interact with the triamcinolone inhaler due to the low blood levels of triamcinolone.
People taking a high dosage of the triamcinolone inhaler may have higher levels of triamcinolone (and may be more susceptible to drug interactions). Therefore, you should talk with your pharmacist or healthcare provider about the specific drug interactions with triamcinolone inhalers that may apply to your situation.
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