triamcinolone acetonide 0.1% dental paste (Kenalog Orabase, Oralone)

  • Medical Author:
    Omudhome Ogbru, PharmD

    Dr. Ogbru received his Doctorate in Pharmacy from the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy in 1995. He completed a Pharmacy Practice Residency at the University of Arizona/University Medical Center in 1996. He was a Professor of Pharmacy Practice and a Regional Clerkship Coordinator for the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy from 1996-99.

  • Medical and Pharmacy Editor: Charles Patrick Davis, MD, PhD
    Charles Patrick Davis, MD, PhD

    Charles Patrick Davis, MD, PhD

    Dr. Charles "Pat" Davis, MD, PhD, is a board certified Emergency Medicine doctor who currently practices as a consultant and staff member for hospitals. He has a PhD in Microbiology (UT at Austin), and the MD (Univ. Texas Medical Branch, Galveston). He is a Clinical Professor (retired) in the Division of Emergency Medicine, UT Health Science Center at San Antonio, and has been the Chief of Emergency Medicine at UT Medical Branch and at UTHSCSA with over 250 publications.

GENERIC NAME: triamcinolone acetonide 0.1% dental paste


DISCONTINUED BRANDS: Kenalog Orabase, Oralone in the US

DRUG CLASS AND MECHANISM: Triamcinolone acetonide 0.1% dental paste is a prescription medicine used to treat painful lesions in the mouth. Triamcinolone is commonly used in various conditions and is available in oral, nasal, injectable, topical, ophthalmic injection, and spray preparations. Triamcinolone was first approved by the FDA in 1957.

Like other corticosteroids, triamcinolone has anti-inflammatory and antipruritic (anti-itch) properties. Corticosteroids are natural substances produced by the adrenal glands located adjacent to the kidneys. Corticosteroids have potent anti-inflammatory properties. Corticosteroids prevent release of chemicals that cause inflammation.

PRESCRIBED FOR: Triamcinolone acetonide dental paste is used to provide temporary relief of pain and discomfort associated with lesions in the mouth. It is usually prescribed along with other medicines.

SIDE EFFECTS: Use of triamcinolone acetonide dental paste may cause some local side effects such as

  • burning,
  • itching,
  • irritation,
  • dryness, and
  • peeling where it is applied.

Other side effects reported include

  • peri-oral dermatitis,
  • allergic contact dermatitis,
  • maceration of the oral mucosa,
  • secondary infection, and
  • atrophy of the oral mucosa.



PREPARATIONS: 0.1% dental paste

STORAGE: Triamcinolone acetonide dental paste should be stored at controlled room temperature between 15 C and 25 C (59 F and 77 F).

DOSING: To treat oral lesions, use a small dab (about ¼ inch) to cover the lesion with a thin film. A larger quantity may be required for some lesions. For best results, only use enough paste to coat the lesion with a thin film. Do not rub in.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 6/11/2015

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