Aureocort ointment contains two active ingredients, triamcinolone acetonide and chlortetracycline hydrochloride.
Triamcinolone is a type of medicine called a corticosteroid. Corticosteroids are medicines used for reducing inflammation. Inflammation of the skin happens due to the irritation of the skin, and is caused by the release of various substances that are important in the immune system. These substances cause blood vessels to widen, resulting in the irritated area becoming red, swollen, itchy and painful.
When triamcinolone is applied to the skin it works by acting inside the skin cells to decrease the release of these inflammatory substances. This reduces swelling, redness and itch. Triamcinolone is a potent corticosteroid that is applied to the skin to treat a wide variety of inflammatory skin diseases, such as eczema.
Chlortetracycline is an antibiotic of the tetracycline type. It works by entering bacterial cells and interfering with the production of proteins that the bacteria need to divide and multiply. It doesn't directly kill the bacteria, but leaves them unable to increase in numbers. The existing bacteria eventually die or are destroyed by the immune system. Chlortetracycline has the ability to inhibit the growth of a wide variety of bacteria.
The active ingredients are also formulated in a moisturising base containing white soft paraffin and lanolin, which provides a layer of oil on the surface of the skin, helping to prevent water from evaporating from the skin surface. This reduces the dryness, scaling and itching of skin conditions such as eczema.
The combination of these medicines is used to treat inflammatory skin disorders, such as eczema, which have become infected with bacteria.
This medicine should not be used if you are allergic to any of its ingredients. Please inform your doctor or pharmacist if you have previously experienced such an allergy.
If you feel you have experienced an allergic reaction, stop using this medicine and inform your doctor or pharmacist immediately.
Certain medicines should not be used during pregnancy or breastfeeding. However, other medicines may be safely used in pregnancy or breastfeeding providing the benefits to the mother outweigh the risks to the unborn baby. Always inform your doctor if you are pregnant or planning a pregnancy, before using any medicine.
Medicines and their possible side effects can affect individual people in different ways. The following are some of the side effects that are known to be associated with this medicine. Just because a side effect is stated here, it does not mean that all people using this medicine will experience that or any side effect.
The side effects listed above may not include all of the side effects reported by the medicine's manufacturer.
For more information about any other possible risks associated with this medicine, please read the information provided with the medicine or consult your doctor or pharmacist.
There are no significant interactions reported with this medicine. However, with long-term use on large areas of skin there may be sufficient clobetasone absorbed into the body to affect other medicines that you are taking. Consult your doctor or pharmacist for further information.
There are currently no other medicines available in the UK that contain triamcinolone acetonide and chlortetracycline hydrochloride as the active ingredients.