Kenalog in Orabase®
Consumer Medicine Information
What is in this leaflet
Read this leaflet carefully before using Kenalog in Orabase.
This leaflet answers some common questions about this medicine. It does not contain all the available information. Some of the information in this leaflet may not apply to you. It does not take the place of talking to your doctor, dentist or pharmacist.
Do not throw this leaflet away. You may need to read it again later.
Always follow the instructions that your doctor, dentist or pharmacist gives you about Kenalog in Orabase.
If you have any concerns about using this medicine, ask your doctor, dentist or pharmacist.
What Kenalog in Orabase is used for
Kenalog in Orabase is a paste that contains the medicine triamcinolone acetonide. Triamcinolone acetonide belongs to a class of drugs known as corticosteroids. Corticosteroids, including triamcinolone acetonide, are used to relieve itching, burning, inflammation and allergies.
Kenalog in Orabase is used for relieving tenderness, pain, inflammation and ulceration of the inside of the mouth or the gums. This can include sores caused by injury or by dentures (false teeth)
rubbing on the gums. Kenalog in Orabase is a sticky paste which keeps the medicine on the sore area, and protects it while the medicine relieves the soreness, reduces the swelling and accelerates the healing process.
Kenalog in Orabase is not addictive or habit forming. It may be prescribed by your doctor or bought at a pharmacy when recommended by your dentist or pharmacist.
Before you use it
When you must not use it
Do not use Kenalog in Orabase if you have an allergy to triamcinolone acetonide or any of the ingredients listed at the end of this leaflet.
Symptoms of an allergic reaction to triamcinolone acetonide may include:
- Shortness of breath, wheezing, or difficulty breathing
- Swelling of the face, lips, tongue or other parts of the body
- Rash, itching or hives on the skin
You should not use Kenalog in Orabase if you are pregnant or may become pregnant, unless you have discussed this with a doctor first. Your doctor will advise you if you should use Kenalog in Orabase.
You should not use this medicine if you have an infection in your mouth, or if you have tuberculosis, stomach ulcers or diabetes.
If you think that the packaging is faulty or has been tampered with, do not use it and show it to your pharmacist.
Before you start to use it
Tell your doctor, dentist or pharmacist if you:
- are pregnant or may become pregnant
- are allergic to any food or drugs
- have any infections in the mouth or throat, especially herpes (cold sores)
- have tuberculosis (TB), stomach ulcers or diabetes
- take any other medications or drugs
Taking other medicines
It is unlikely that other medicines will affect the way Kenalog in Orabase works. Nevertheless, you should always tell your doctor, dentist or pharmacist about other medicines you are taking, even if those medicines have been bought without a prescription.
How to use it
Where to use it
Kenalog in Orabase is only for use in your mouth.
You should not swallow this medicine.
You should not put it in your eyes.
How to use it
You should press a small dab (about the size of a five cent coin) onto the sore area in your mouth until a thin film develops. You may need to use a little more if the sore is large. For the best results, use only enough to coat the sore with a thin film. Do not rub it in. Do not attempt to spread the paste, as it might cause a gritty sensation in the mouth, and cause the paste to crumble. After applying it correctly, a smooth, slippery film should develop.
When to use it
Apply the preparation at bedtime, to allow the medication to work overnight. Sometimes it may be necessary to apply the preparation two or three times a day, preferably after meals.
If you forget to use Kenalog in Orabase
If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the dose you missed and use your next dose when you are meant to. Do not use a double dose to make up for the dose that you missed.
How long to use it
Use Kenalog in Orabase until all symptoms have resolved or for as long as your doctor, pharmacist or dentist tells you to.
If you take too much (overdose)
Telephone a doctor or Poisons Information Centre (phone 13 11 26) or go to the accident and emergency centre at your nearest hospital immediately if anyone swallows a large quantity of Kenalog in Orabase.
While you are using it
Things you must do
You must tell your doctor if you become pregnant while you are using Kenalog in Orabase.
You should stop using this medicine if the condition for which you have been using it is getting worse, or if you feel any weakness or dizziness while using it. Speak to your doctor or pharmacist if you notice any of these things.
Wipe the neck of the tube and replace the cap tightly after use.
Things you must not do
You should not swallow Kenalog in Orabase.
You should not put it in your eyes.
The expiry date is marked on its packaging. Do not use Kenalog in Orabase after this date.
Things to be careful of
Be careful driving or operating machinery until you know how this medicine affects you.
All medications can sometimes cause unwanted effects. Side effects of Kenalog in Orabase are extremely rare, and usually only occur where the paste is being applied.
The side effects that may occur are: worsening of sores inside the mouth; new patches of irritation or sensitivity inside the mouth; weakness or dizziness.
If corticosteroids are used for long periods during pregnancy, the mother may develop fluid retention or the baby may be affected. However, these effects occur very rarely and usually with much higher doses of corticosteroids than the triamcinolone acetonide in Kenalog in Orabase.
If you have any of these side effects or any other problem which worries you while you are using this medicine, tell a doctor as soon as possible.
After using it
Keep it in a cool, dry place where the temperature stays below 25 degrees C.
Do not store it in the bathroom or near a sink. Do not leave it in the car on hot days or on window sills. Heat and dampness can destroy some medicines.
Keep all medicines out of reach of children. A locked cupboard at least one-and-a-half metres above the ground is a good place to store medicines.
If your doctor, pharmacist or dentist tells you to stop using Kenalog in Orabase, or if the ointment has passed its expiry date, ask your pharmacist what to do with any that is left over.
What it looks like
Kenalog in Orabase is an off-white sticky paste.
0.1% triamcinolone acetonide
"Orabase" which contains gelatin, pectin, carmellose sodium, liquid paraffin and polyethylene resin.
Distributor & Sponsor
Aspen Pharma Pty Ltd
34-36 Chandos Street
St Leonards NSW 2065
AUST R 19205
This leaflet was revised in May 2012
Published by MIMS September 2012