GENERIC NAME: triamcinolone inhaler
DISCONTINUED BRAND: Azmacort
DRUG CLASS AND MECHANISM: Triamcinolone is a synthetic (man-made) steroid of the glucocorticoid family used for treating asthma. It is similar to beclomethasone (Vanceril, QVAR) and fluticasone (Flovent). The naturally-occurring glucocorticoid hormone is cortisol or hydrocortisone produced in the adrenal glands. Glucocorticoids have potent anti-inflammatory actions. Some symptoms of asthma are caused by chronic inflammation in the airways within the lungs that obstruct the flow of air into and out of the lungs. Triamcinolone reduces inflammation in the lungs and airways and thereby improves breathing in individuals with asthma. When used as an inhaler, triamcinolone goes directly to the airways of the lungs, and very little is absorbed into the body. The FDA approved the triamcinolone inhaler in April 1982.
PRESCRIBED FOR: The triamcinolone inhaler is used for preventing episodes of asthma. It should not be used for acute attacks of asthma because it does not work quickly enough. A triamcinolone inhaler may reduce or eliminate the need for oral glucocorticoids to control asthma.
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