How Does the Triamcinolone Inhaler Work?Normally, air moves easily into and out of the lungs through a network of airways. However, when you have asthma, the inside walls of your airways are inflamed (swollen). This inflammation makes the airways very sensitive, and they tend to react strongly to things that you are allergic to or find irritating (see Asthma Triggers). When the airways react, the muscles around these airways tighten, inflammation inside the airways increases, and the cells inside the airways produce more mucus. This narrows the airways and makes it harder to breathe.
The triamcinolone inhaler is an asthma medication that belongs to a group of drugs called inhaled corticosteroids, or steroids for short. Inhaled steroids go directly into the lungs and help to decrease the inflammation of the airways that makes asthma attacks more likely. Because the triamcinolone inhaler does not work quickly, it should not be used for treating an asthma attack. Rather, it is used regularly in order to prevent asthma attacks.
Because triamcinolone is inhaled directly into the lungs, the rest of the body is exposed to lower steroid levels, compared to steroids taken by mouth. This helps reduce or eliminate many of the side effects associated with long-term steroid use.
(Click Asthma Treatment for information about other medicines used for treating asthma.)
Effects of the Triamcinolone InhalerIn clinical studies, people taking the triamcinolone inhaler had improvements in their asthma symptoms, compared to those not taking the triamcinolone inhaler. In studies, people already taking oral steroids for asthma were able to decrease their use of rescue inhalers for asthma attacks.
The triamcinolone inhaler is not an asthma cure.