Brand names:

Azmacort is the only brand name for this medication. It is available as an inhalation aerosol or powder.

Generic name: Triamcinolone acetonide

Non-medicinal ingredients:

Azmacort inhalation aerosols contain the active ingredient triamcinolone acetonide, as well as other inactive ingredients such as ethanol, oleic acid, polysorbate 80, and saccharin sodium. Azmacort inhalation powders contain the active ingredient triamcinolone acetonide, as well as other inactive ingredients such as lactose monohydrate, magnesium stearate, andsilicon dioxide.

Azmacort is a prescription medication used to treat and prevent symptoms of asthma. It is a long-acting inhaled corticosteroid that works by reducing inflammation in the lungs. Azmacort is typically used in conjunction with other asthma medications, such as bronchodilators.

Pharmacokinetics

Azmacort is a long-acting inhaled corticosteroid. It is absorbed into the circulation and then rapidly metabolized by the liver. The peak plasma concentration is reached within 1 hour of inhalation. Azmacort has a half-life of 2 hours.

Indications

Azmacort is indicated for the treatment and prevention of asthma symptoms in adults and children 6 years of age and older.

Side Effects

The most common side effects of Azmacort include coughing, throat irritation, and headache. Other possible side effects include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal pain. Azmacort can also increase the risk of developing pneumonia.

Monitoring

Azmacort should be used with caution in people with liver disease or impaired liver function. Liver function should be monitored closely with blood tests while taking this medication. Azmacort may also increase the risk of developing osteoporosis. Bone density should be monitored in people taking this medication.

Drug interactions

Azmacort may interact with other asthma medications, such as bronchodilators. Monitor liver function with blood tests while taking this medication. Azmacort may also increase the risk of developing osteoporosis.

Do not start or stop any medication without doctor approval.

Dosage and Administration

Azmacort should be taken by mouth, inhaled through the mouth, or injected into a vein, depending on the form of the medication. Azmacort inhalation powders should be inhaled using an inhaler. Azmacort inhalation aerosols can be taken with or without food. If you are using the Azmacort inhalation powder, do not take it within 30 minutes before or after eating. Shake well before each use. The usual starting dose of Azmacort is two inhalations twice daily. The dose may be increased to four inhalations twice daily if needed. Azmacort should be used with a bronchodilator such as albuterol for best results.

Overdose

If someone has overdosed and has serious symptoms such as passing out or trouble breathing, call a poison control center right away. Symptoms of overdose may include:

  • tachycardia
  • arrhythmia
  • hypertension
  • nervousness
  • tremor
  • seizures

Storage

Azmacort should be stored at room temperature, away from light and moisture. Keep this and all medications out of the reach of children.