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® (triamcinolone inhaler) can potentially interact with one other medication, prednisone (Deltasone®). Combining prednisone with Azmacort may increase the risk of side effects. Talk to your healthcare provider before taking these medications together, especially on a regular basis.
There are many other drug interactions with triamcinolone (the active ingredient of Azmacort). However, since Azmacort is inhaled directly into the lungs, blood levels of triamcinolone are usually low. Medications that would normally interact with injectable or oral triamcinolone are not likely to interact with Azmacort due to the low blood levels of triamcinolone.
People taking a high Azmacort dosage may have higher levels of triamcinolone (and may be more susceptible to drug interactions). Therefore, you should talk with your pharmacist or healthcare provider about the specific drug interactions with Azmacort that may apply to your situation.
Written by/reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD;Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
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