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Triamcinolone (topical use)

Very Low Risk

Safe. Compatible. Minimal risk for breastfeeding and infant.

A corticosteroid with a mainly glucocorticoid action and moderate anti-inflammatory effects (ATC D07AB), slightly higher than that of prednisolone (ATC D07AA).
Its topical dermatological use is indicated in the treatment of various types of dermatitis.

This comment is about the TOPICAL USE of triamcinolone.

Limited absorption through the skin and even mucous (Ramadas 2016, Meynadier 1981, Rasmussen 1978) makes it unlikely that significant amounts will pass into breast milk.

If it is required to treat eczema or dermatoses of the nipple, it is advisable to choose the mildest corticoid, apply it just after the feed is finished so that it has been reabsorbed before the next feed, if it is necessary residues can be removed with a gauze and do not use it for more than a week after.

Mineralocorticoid intoxication has occurred in an infant due to continuous application of a corticoid to the nipple (De Stefano 1983).

It is advisable to avoid application to the nipple of creams, gels and other topically-applied products that contain paraffin (mineral oil) so that the infant does not absorb them (Concin 2008, Noti 2003).

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Other names

Triamcinolone (topical use) in other languages or writings:


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Main tradenames from several countries containing Triamcinolone (topical use) in its composition:

  • Aldoderma™. Contains other elements than Triamcinolone (topical use) in its composition
  • Anso™. Contains other elements than Triamcinolone (topical use) in its composition
  • Pevison™. Contains other elements than Triamcinolone (topical use) in its composition
  • Pevisone™. Contains other elements than Triamcinolone (topical use) in its composition
  • Positon™. Contains other elements than Triamcinolone (topical use) in its composition
  • Sorsis™. Contains other elements than Triamcinolone (topical use) in its composition


Variable Value Unit
Oral Bioavail. Baja - Poor (dermat) %
Molecular weight 394 daltons
Protein Binding 68 %
VD 1.4 l/Kg
pKa 13.4 -
2 hours


  1. Ramadas AA, Jose R, Arathy SL, Kurup S, Chandy ML, Kumar SP. Systemic absorption of 0.1% triamcinolone acetonide as topical application in management of oral lichen planus. Indian J Dent Res. 2016 Abstract
  2. Concin N, Hofstetter G, Plattner B, Tomovski C, Fiselier K, Gerritzen K, Fessler S, Windbichler G, Zeimet A, Ulmer H, Siegl H, Rieger K, Concin H, Grob K. Mineral oil paraffins in human body fat and milk. Food Chem Toxicol. 2008 Abstract
  3. Noti A, Grob K, Biedermann M, Deiss U, Brüschweiler BJ. Exposure of babies to C15-C45 mineral paraffins from human milk and breast salves. Regul Toxicol Pharmacol. 2003 Abstract
  4. De Stefano P, Bongo IG, Borgna-Pignatti C, Severi F. Factitious hypertension with mineralocorticoid excess in an infant. Helv Paediatr Acta. 1983 Abstract
  5. Meynadier J, Guilhou JJ, Peyron JL. [Percutaneous absorption of triamcinolone 16 alpha, 17 alpha cyclopentylene-dioxy-21-acetate (author's transl)]. Dermatologica. 1981 Abstract
  6. Rasmussen JE. Percutaneous absorption of topically applied triamcinolone in children. Arch Dermatol. 1978 Abstract

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