Aureocort ointment (Triamcinolone, chlortetracycline)

How does it work?

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.

What is it used for?

  • Inflamed skin conditions, such as eczema and dermatitis, that are or may become infected.

Warning!

  • This preparation is for external use only.
  • If corticosteroids are used long-term, on large areas of skin, raw skin, skin folds, or under airtight dressings (including nappies) they are absorbed into the body more. This increases the risk of local side effects such as skin thinning, and those on other parts of the body, such as a decrease in the production of natural hormones by the adrenal glands. For this reason, continuous, long-term use of this medicine should be avoided wherever possible, particularly in children and on large areas of skin. You should only use airtight dressings over the affected area if instructed by your doctor.
  • This medicine should be applied thinly and evenly to the affected area(s).
  • Avoid contact of this medicine with the eyes and the moist membranes lining the inside of certain parts of the body, eg mouth, nasal passages (mucous membranes). Rinse with cold water if accidental contact occurs.
  • If your doctor has advised you to use dressings with this medicine, the skin should be cleansed before a fresh dressing is applied.
  • Wash your hands thoroughly after applying this medicine, unless the hands are the area being treated.
  • Do not use this medicine for longer than instructed by your doctor, or for recurrent infections, as this may cause the skin to become over-sensitive or allergic to the medicine.
  • This medicine is not recommended for children under eight years of age.
  • Consult your doctor if any infection spreads, or if after seven days of treatment with this medicine there is little or no improvement in your symptoms, as you may need to stop using this medicine or take a course of antibiotics by mouth.

Use with caution in

  • Children.

Not to be used in

  • Bacterial skin infection that is not secondary to the eczema or dermatitis, (primary infection, eg impetigo).
  • Fungal skin infections, eg athlete's foot, ringworm, candida skin infections.
  • Viral skin infections such as chickenpox or herpes simplex.
  • Tuberculosis affecting the skin.
  • Acne rosacea.
  • Acne vulgaris.
  • Inflammatory rash around the mouth (perioral dermatitis).
  • Widespread plaque psoriasis.
  • Skin disorders infected with certain types of bacteria (pseudomonas or proteus species).
  • Skin disorders infected with certain types of fungus (dermatophyte species).
  • Areas of skin that are very thin and fragile or have broken veins.

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.

Pregnancy and breastfeeding

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.

  • This medicine should not be used in pregnancy and breastfeeding, unless considered essential by the doctor. Seek medical advice from your doctor.

Label warnings

  • This medication is to be spread thinly and sparingly on the skin.

Side effects

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.

  • Changes in skin pigmentation.
  • Excessive hair growth (hypertrichosis).
  • Skin thinning.
  • Worsening of symptoms.

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.

How can this medicine affect other medicines?

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.

Other medicines containing the same active ingredients

There are currently no other medicines available in the UK that contain triamcinolone acetonide and chlortetracycline hydrochloride as the active ingredients.