Kenalog in Orabase is a dental paste medication used for the temporary relief of symptoms associated with mouth sores due to injury, including canker sores. It can be indicated to relieve the discomfort and pain caused by mouth ulcers and other oral lesions and can also help reduce inflammation and swelling.
Kenalog contains triamcinolone acetonide as the active ingredient. It works by reducing the swelling, itching, and pain that may occur due to mouth sores caused by injury, including canker sores.
Use and Dosage
Apply Kenalog in Orabase to the affected area 2 to 3 times daily after meals or at bedtime, as directed by your doctor or dentist. The paste should not be applied to the eyes or on the skin. It should only be used inside the mouth. The treated area should not be bandaged or otherwise covered or wrapped unless your healthcare provider directs you to do so.
Dab or press (do not rub) a small amount of paste onto the area to be treated until the paste sticks and a smooth, slippery film develops. A cotton swab may be used to apply the paste. Do not attempt to spread or rub the paste in, as this will cause it to become crumbly, grainy, or gritty.
Mouth infections may worsen while using this medication. Inform the prescribing doctor or dentist if your condition lasts or gets worse after 7-14 days of treatment.
Common Side Effects of Kenalog Paste (Triamcinolone Acetonide):
- Burning, itching, or irritation in the area where the medication is applied
- Dryness or cracking of the skin
- Acne or pimples
- Changes in skin color
- Skin rash
- Swelling or puffiness in the treated area
- Thinning of the skin
- Stretch marks
Serious Side Effects of Kenalog Paste (Triamcinolone Acetonide):
- Allergic reactions, including hives, difficulty breathing, and swelling of the face, lips, tongue, or throat
- Increased pressure inside the eye, glaucoma, or cataracts
- Worsening of existing infections or the development of new infections
- Changes in mood or behavior, such as depression or anxiety
- Changes in vision or other visual disturbances
Forms and Strength
Kenalog Paste (Triamcinolone Acetonide) is available in the following forms and strength:
Triamcinolone Acetonide: Paste
Kenalog Paste (Triamcinolone Acetonide) Cautions
- Hypersensitivity or allergic reaction to triamcinolone acetonide or any of the paste’s inactive ingredients.
- Use only for oral lesions. Do not use this medication in the eyes, nose, or genital area.
- Use with caution in patients with a history of adrenal suppression should be monitored regularly.
- Avoid use in patients with compromised immune systems or on immunosuppressive therapy.
- Prolonged use of this medication may lead to increased risk of developing thrush or topical steroid dermatitis.
- Use caution in patients with liver disease, diabetes, or glaucoma, as these conditions may be worsened with the use of this medication.
- Do not use Kenalog in Orabase on infected or open wounds.
- Pregnant and breastfeeding women should only use this medication if it is clearly needed, and under the guidance of a healthcare provider.
- Use of this medication may increase the risk of developing Cushing’s syndrome, a condition that occurs when the body is exposed to elevated levels of steroid hormones.
- Kenalog in Orabase may interact with other medications, inform the healthcare provider of all current medications being taken.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
How does Kenalog Paste work?
Kenalog Paste contains the active ingredient triamcinolone acetonide, which is a type of corticosteroid. Corticosteroids work by reducing inflammation, swelling, and immune responses in the body, which can help relieve pain and discomfort in the affected area.
How often can I apply Kenalog Paste?
The frequency of application will depend on the severity of the oral lesion and the healthcare provider’s instructions. Typically, the paste is applied two to four times daily or left in place overnight.
Can Kenalog Paste be used for canker sores?
Yes, Kenalog Paste can be used to treat canker sores or mouth ulcers. It is applied topically to the affected area to relieve pain and inflammation.
Is Kenalog Paste a prescription medication?
Yes, Kenalog Paste is a prescription medication that should only be used under the guidance of a healthcare provider.