Tricortone cream and ointment
Consumer Medicine Information
What is in this leaflet
This leaflet answers some common questions about Tricortone. It does not contain all the available information. It does not use the place of talking to your doctor or pharmacist.
All medicines have risks and benefits. Your doctor has weighed the risks of you using Tricortone against the benefits they expect it will have for you.
Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have any concerns about this medicine.
Keep this leaflet with your medicine. You may need to read it again.
What Tricortone is used for
Tricortone contains the active ingredient triamcinolone acetonide (a type of cortisone) and belongs to the group of medicines called corticosteroids. It is available as both a cream and an ointment.
Tricortone 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.
Ask your doctor if you have any questions about why this medicine has been prescribed for you. Your doctor may have prescribed it for another purpose.
Tricortone is not addictive.
This medicine is available only with a doctor’s prescription.
Before you use it
When you must not use it
Do not use Tricortone if:
- you have an allergy to:
- triamcinolone acetonide
- any of the ingredients listed at the end of this leaflet.
- 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
- you have impaired circulation.
Do not use Tricortone if the packaging is torn or shows signs of tampering.
Do not use it if the expiry date (EXP) printed on the pack has passed.
If you are not sure whether you should start using Tricortone, 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 Tricortone when pregnant.
- you are breast-feeding or plan to breast-feed
Your doctor will discuss the risks and benefits of using Tricortone when breast-feeding.
Do not apply Tricortone to the breasts before breast-feeding.
If you have not told your doctor about any of the above, tell them before you use any Tricortone.
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 Tricortone. 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 in this leaflet.
How much to use
Tricortone is applied to the affected area three or four times daily.
Use just enough to cover the area without forcing or causing disco