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Tricort Cream

Written by Stephanie Nera, RPh, PharmD · Pharmacology

Updated Dec 03, 2020


Tricort (triamcinolone acetonide) is part of a class of drugs known as corticosteroids. Corticosteroids, or steroids, are synthetic drugs that are modeled after the naturally occurring hormone cortisol, which is produced in the adrenal glands located above the kidneys.

Corticosteroids are used to reduce inflammation, pain, itchiness, and other effects mediated by the immune system response.

Each corticosteroid is formulated to be used in a specific dosage form, either parenteral, oral, topically, or otherwise. Each topical corticosteroid is grouped based on its level of potency, with triamcinolone categorized as a group II (moderately potent) steroid.

Tricort is mainly indicated to treat the following conditions:

  • Atopic dermatitis
  • Seborrheic dermatitis
  • Contact dermatitis
  • Eczema
  • Insect bites
  • Prurigo mitis
  • Neurodermatitis
  • Psoriasis
  • Discoid lupus erythematosus
  • Lichen planus
  • Pompholyx granuloma annulare

How should I take Tricort?

Tricort is available as a topical cream. Clean and dry your skin before using the cream. Apply a thin layer of cream to the affected areas. Wash your hands immediately after handling the cream.

Do not share this medication with anyone, even if they have been diagnosed with a dermatosis or have similar symptoms as you.

How do I store tixocortol?

This drug should be stored at room temperature (<25°C). Always check the label before using this product. For safety, keep out of the reach of children and pets.

Do not use if the printed expiration date has passed, the product seal has been broken, or the product has changed in color, odor, or consistency.

Do not dispose of this product by pouring it down the drain, toilet, or into the environment. Ask your pharmacist regarding the proper way and location of disposal.

Precautions & Warnings

Before using this medication, inform your doctor if:

  • You have ever had an allergic reaction to Tricort or other corticosteroids.
  • You have a history of allergy to other medications, food, or other substances.
  • You are taking other medications, especially other corticosteroids.
  • You have underlying health conditions, especially any active infections.

Is it safe during pregnancy or breastfeeding?

This drug is a pregnancy category C drug. There is insufficient evidence from human studies that shows it can cause fetal harm when taken during pregnancy. This drug should be used during pregnancy only if the potential benefit justifies the potential risk to the fetus, as determined by your doctor.

As a topical cream, this drug is not likely to pass in breast milk. Avoid using the cream on the breast and nipple area prior to nursing. This drug should be used while breastfeeding only if the potential benefit justifies the potential risk to the child, as determined by your doctor.

Side Effects

All drugs have the potential to elicit side effects even with normal use. Many side effects are route and dose-related and will likely resolve when it is adjusted or at the end of therapy.

Potential side effects while using this drug include:

  • Hypersensitivity
  • Skin atrophy
  • Striae
  • Acne
  • Telangiectasia (spider veins)
  • Hypertrichosis (excessive hair growth)
  • Increased risk of infection

You may experience some, none, or other side effects not mentioned above. If you have any concerns about a side effect or it becomes bothersome, consult your doctor or pharmacist.


This drug may interact with other medications. To avoid any potential drug interactions, you should keep a list of all the drugs you are using (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products) and inform your doctor and pharmacist.

If you experience an adverse drug interaction stop taking this drug. Inform your doctor immediately to reevaluate your treatment plan. Your dose may need to be adjusted, substituted with another drug, or discontinue using the drug.

Does food or alcohol interact with Tricort?

There are no known food or alcohol interactions with Tricort.

Inform your doctor or pharmacist if you have any concerns regarding food-drug interactions.

What health conditions may interact with Tricort?

This drug should be taken with caution if you have any of the following conditions or risk factors:

  • Bacterial, viral, or fungal skin infections

Inform your doctor or pharmacist if you have any concerns regarding specific health conditions.


The information provided is not a substitute for any medical advice. You should ALWAYS consult your doctor or pharmacist before using Tricort.

What is the dose of Tricort for an adult?

For treating corticosteroid-responsive dermatoses

  • Apply a thin layer to the affected areas 2 to 3 times per day.

What is the dose of Tricort for a child?

The recommended dose for children has not been established. Consult a doctor or pharmacist for alternatives and more information.

How is Tricort available?

This drug is available in the following brands, dosage forms, and strengths:

  • Tricort cream (triamcinolone acetonide 0.1%)

What should I do in case of an emergency or overdose?

In case of an emergency or an overdose, call your local emergency services or go to your nearest emergency room.

What should I do if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose of this drug, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take your regular dose as scheduled. Do not take a double dose.


Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

Written by

Stephanie Nera, RPh, PharmD


Updated Dec 03, 2020

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