Kenalog is an injectable medication used to treat gout attacks. Kenalog is described as a corticosteroid and lowering chemicals that cause swelling and inflammation. Kenalog can also be used to treat autoimmune conditions, or conditions related to swelling or cancer. Kenalog is a steroid injection that helps with inflammation, severe allergic reactions, skin disorders, and more.

Precautions and Warnings for Kenalog

Please have conversations with your doctor to determine if Kenalog is right for you. If you have other medical conditions, Kenalog might not be the option. Below are a list of some, but not all, warnings associated with taking Kenalog.

  • Anaphylactic Reactions: You may have a rare reaction to an anaphylactic reaction.
  • Toxicity: Kenalog Injections contain benzyl alcohol, which has been shown to toxicity in excessive amounts. The exact amount of consumption to lead to toxicity is unknown, but the intake should be monitored.
  • Previous Medications: Do not take Kenalog if you have taken MAO inhibitors including, but not limited to isocarboxazid, linezolid, phenelzine, rasagiline, selegiline, or tranylcypromine.
  • Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP): If you have an infection or ITP, you may not be a fit for Kenalog.
  • Corticosteroids and Vaccines: Please consult your doctor about how Kenalog can impact your body’s response to vaccines.
  • Pregnancy or Breastfeeding: If you are pregnant, may be pregnant, or planning a pregnancy, please speak with your doctor about Kenalog if it is right for you. If you are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed please speak to your doctor if Kenalog is right for you or an alternative plan of feeding your child.
  • Previous Health Warnings: If you have experienced any of the following, please consult your doctor to determine if Kenalog is right for you:
    • Chronic Infection
    • ITP
    • High Blood Pressure
    • Heart Problems
    • Cataracts
    • Glaucoma
    • Colostomy
    • Head Injury
    • Nerve-Muscle Disorder
    • Parasite Infection
    • Thyroid or Adrenal Gland Issues
    • Peptic Ulcer
    • Kidney or Liver Disease
    • Low Bone mineral Density

Side Effects of Kenalog

If you begin taking Kenalog and experience any reaction such as swelling of the face, throat, or mouth please seek medical attention immediately. If you begin taking Kenalog and you are worried about the side effects you begin experiencing, please contact your doctor to speak about it.

Serious Side Effects

Serious side effects include but are not limited to:

  • Increased Pain or Swelling
  • Blurred Vision
  • Unusual change in mood or behavior
  • Rapid weight gain
  • Feeling short of breath
  • Stomach cramps
  • Sudden weakness
  • Severe headaches
  • Blurred vision
  • Increased pressure inside the skull
  • Signs of low adrenal gland hormones

Common Side Effects

Below is a list of common side effects. If you feel your reaction is not normal or is serious, stop taking Kenalog immediately and contact your doctor.

  • Acne
  • Skin dryness
  • Increased hair growth
  • Hair thinning
  • Nausea
  • Bloating
  • Appetite changes
  • Stomach pain
  • Cough or runny nose
  • Fluid retention
  • Headache
  • Insomnia
  • Slow-healing wound
  • More sweat than usual
  • Changes in menstrual periods

Drug Interactions with Kenalog

Kenalog might interact with other medications you are prescribed, supplements you take, or herbal medications. Please consult your doctor about medications you are prescribed or medications you take to see if Kenalog will have an interaction. Make sure to warn your doctor about your prescription if you are taking any of the following:

Strengths and Dosages of Kenalog

Kenalog injections begin at 2.5mg and go up to 100mg per day. This depends on the condition being treated, the person, and other varying factors. Most injections begin at 60mg per day, and adjusted within 40-80mg. Some patients get seasonal doses of 40-100mg.

FAQs of Kenalog

What are Kenalog injections used for?

They are used as a steroid to help treat inflammation.

How long does it take for Kenalog to work?

You can expect Kenalog to begin working within 4-8 hours, with noticeable effects in 24-48 hours.

How long does it take to flush Kenalog out of your system?

It can take up to multiple days for Kenalog to completely leave your system.

How do you administer Kenalog injections?

First you should clean the spot you will be injecting, then inject the shot into a muscle, space around the joint of tendon, or into a lesion of the skin. You can ask your doctor for recommendations on where you should place the injection.

When is the best time to take Kenalog?

At the beginning of symptoms you should take your Kenalog injection.

How often should you take a Kenalog injection?

You should not have more than two injections per season if you are dealing with allergies. You should consult your doctor to know how often you should be taking a Kenalog injection.

Can you give Kenalog to your pets?

With guidance from a veterinarian, most pets are receptive to Kenalog for treating inflammation.

IMPORTANT NOTE: The information provided here is for educational purposes only and is not intended to serve as medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment recommendations. It should not be taken as an endorsement of any specific medication or treatment. Individual health conditions and responses to treatment can vary greatly; therefore, this information should not be seen as a guarantee of safety, suitability, or effectiveness for any particular individual. Always consult with a healthcare professional for personalized medical advice and before making any decisions regarding your health or treatment plans.

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