Azmacort Side Effects
Sore throat, headaches, and sinus infections are some of the most common side effects reported with Azmacort. Side effects of Azmacort that are less common can include diarrhea, toothaches, and vomiting. Although many Azmacort side effects usually don't require medical attention, there are a number of side effects that should be reported to a healthcare provider right away. Notify your doctor immediately if you notice any signs of an allergic reaction or if your asthma symptoms are getting worse.
Azmacort Side Effects: An Introduction
As with any medicine, there are possible side effects with Azmacort® (triamcinolone inhaler). However, not everyone who takes Azmacort will experience side effects. In fact, most people tolerate the medication well. When side effects do occur, in most cases they are minor and either require no treatment or can easily be treated by you or your healthcare provider.
(This article covers many, but not all, of the possible side effects with Azmacort. Your healthcare provider can discuss a more complete list of Azmacort side effects with you.)
As of December 2009, the manufacturer of Azmacort decided to stop making the drug in order to comply with regulations concerning chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), chemicals that may deplete the ozone layer. Had Azmacort been a more popular drug, the manufacturer probably would have chosen to reformulate it without CFCs, instead of just discontinuing it. Any unexpired Azmacort inhalers still in pharmacies may be dispensed until December 31, 2010, after which they can no longer be sold in the United States.
Azmacort has been studied thoroughly in clinical trials in which the side effects of a group of people taking the drug are documented and compared to another group not taking the medicine. As a result, it is possible to see what side effects occur, how often they appear, and how they compare to the group not taking the medicine.
In these studies, the most common Azmacort side effects included:
- A sore throat -- in up to 25 percent of people
- Headaches -- up to 21 percent
- Sinus infections -- up to 9 percent
- Flu symptoms (such as fever or chills) -- up to 5 percent
- Back pain -- up to 4 percent.