Kenalog injections is a potent medication used to reduce inflammation in a variety of medical conditions. Kenalog Injection contains the active ingredient triamcinolone acetonide, which is a synthetic glucocorticoid corticosteroid. It is part of a larger class of drugs known as corticosteroids and can be injected directly into the affected area. It works by decreasing inflammation and suppressing the body’s immune response.
Kenalog injections can provide rapid relief for joint pain, reduce itching and swelling associated with skin problems, and even help treat certain cancerous growths. It can reduce the symptoms of conditions such as allergic reactions, asthma, arthritis, and certain skin disorders.
Uses and Dosage
Kenalog Injection can be given by injecting into various locations such as a muscle (intramuscularly), a skin lesion (intradermally), or a joint (intra-articularly). The injection site, schedule, dosage, and length of treatment are based on your medical condition and response to treatment. Do not inject this medication into a vein (intravenously) or into the spine (epidurally). Triamcinolone should not be injected around/into the eye or certain parts of the nose due to the risk for blindness or damage to the eye.
Typical dosing for Kenalog (triamcinolone) varies based on the individual’s condition and can range from 2.5 mg to 100 mg per day through intramuscular or intra-articular injection. The starting dose may be adjusted based on the patient’s response to the medication and potential side effects. For the treatment of arthritis or gout attacks, the typical dose ranges from 2.5 mg up to 40 mg for a single intra-articular injection, depending on the size of the joint being treated.
Common Side Effects of Kenalog Injection:
- Changes in your mood
- High blood pressure
- High blood sugar
- Injection site reactions
- Muscle weakness
- Stomach pain
- Trouble sleeping
- Weight gain
Serious Side Effects of Triamcinolone Acetonide:
- Bone loss or weakened bones (osteoporosis)
- Loss of balance or spinning sensation (vertigo)
- Numbness, burning, or tingling of arms or legs
- Skin color changes
- Slowed growth in children
- Slowed heartbeat
- Thin skin
Form and Strength
Kenalog Injection (Triamcinolone Acetonide) is available in the following forms and strengths:
Kenalog Injection: Vial
- Kenalog Injection may mask signs of infection and may make you more likely to get infections or make any current infections worse. Avoid contact with people who have infections that may spread to others, such as chickenpox, measles, or flu.
- Prolonged use of corticosteroids like Kenalog can weaken the body’s stress response. Inform your healthcare provider before any emergency treatment, or surgery, or if you have taken this medication within the last year.
- Inform your healthcare professional if you are using triamcinolone before receiving any immunizations, vaccinations, or skin tests. Avoid contact with individuals who have recently received live vaccines, such as the flu vaccine administered through the nose.
- Injecting Kenalog into a muscle is not recommended for children under six years of age, and the preferred injection site in infants and young children is the vastus lateralis muscle of the thigh.
- The use of Kenalog can increase the risk of stomach bleeding, and that signs of stomach irritation might be more difficult to recognize while taking this medication.
- Older adults may be more susceptible to the side effects of Kenalog Injection, including bone loss and pain, gastrointestinal bleeding, and mental and mood changes such as confusion. Be sure to report any adverse reactions immediately, such as difficulty breathing or chest pain.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
What is Kenalog Injection used for?
Kenalog Injection (Triamcinolone Acetonide) is primarily used to treat inflammation (swelling) and allergic reactions, such as certain types of arthritis, gout, skin diseases, allergies, and other conditions.
How is Kenalog Injection administered?
Kenalog Injection is administered by a healthcare provider as an injection deeply into a muscle, joint, or other affected area.
How often should Kenalog Injections be administered?
The frequency of Kenalog Injection administration will depend on the patient’s medical condition and other factors and should be determined by a doctor.
Are there any precautions or warnings for using Kenalog Injection?
Talk to your doctor about the risks and benefits of Kenalog Injection, especially if it is to be injected near your spine (epidural). It is also important to inform your healthcare provider if you have a history of infections or other medical conditions before using Kenalog Injection.