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treye-am-SIN-oh-lone - Pronunciation guide

Brand Names

  • Triamtabs
  • Vetalog Parenteral Veterinary


Rx symbolTriamcinolone is a long-acting glucocorticoid, or hormone, that predominantly affects the metabolism of carbohydrates and, to a lesser extent, fats and proteins. It also has other effects in the horse's body.


Triamcinolone is used to treat heaves, recurrent airway obstruction, arthritis, allergic conditions, and dermatologic conditions responsive to glucocorticoids.

In all cases, a veterinarian should be consulted regarding dosage and administration.

Dosage and Administration

Prescription medicationTriamcinolone
Method Dosage
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Concentration Period Duration
Subcutaneous or Intramuscular injection 0.01-0.02 mg/lb 2 mg/ml One injection NA
Subcutaneous or Intramuscular injection 0.01-0.02 mg/lb 6 mg/ml One injection NA
Intra-Articular or Intrasynovial injection 6-18 mg 2 mg/ml One injection NA
Intra-Articular or Intrasynovial injection 6-18 mg 6 mg/ml One injection NA


  • Federal law restricts this drug to use by or on the order of a licensed veterinarian.
  • Extra-label use of drugs in treating animals is allowable only by licensed veterinarians within the context of a valid veterinarian-client-patient relationship, and does not include drug use in treating animals by the layman (except under the supervision of a licensed veterinarian).
  • The duration of administration depends on the condition being treated, response to the medication and the development of any adverse effects. Be certain to complete the prescription unless specifically directed by your veterinarian. Even if your equine appears to feel better, the entire treatment plan should be completed to prevent relapse.
  • This medication may be available in forms and concentrations not noted in the above table. Always check the label and literature provided with the medication about the form and concentration and DO NOT USE the calculator if the information differs.
  • Calculator is for educational purposes only. Follow your veterinarian's instructions regarding use of this, or any medication.

Side Effects

Sodium retention, fluid retention, potassium loss, weight gain/loss, anorexia, and diarrhea are possible side effects. Anaphylactic reactions have occasionally been seen following administration.


Do not exceed 20 mg total dose. High dosages have been associated with laminitis. Do not use in treatment of laminitis.

Do not use in animals with tuberculosis, chronic nephritis, or cushingold syndrome, except for emergency therapy. Do not administer to pregnant mares, especially during the last trimester.

Triamcinolone is FDA-approved for use in horses. It is a prescription drug and U. S. federal law restricts the use of this drug by or on the written or oral order of a licensed veterinarian.

Triamcinolone is prohibited in any drug-free competition. Check with the appropriate regulatory group.


None noted in literature.


Overdose will result in worsening of the side effects noted above.


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