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how long does 1 shot of kenalog stay in your system i got

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how long does 1 shot of kenalog stay in your system? i got one a month and a half ago and have had horrible side effects... i got it in the back of my neck for nerve pain. it was the worst decision of my life. some peole say 60-90 days.. i have also heard it stays for 8 months!! and when it does wear off will i have bad withdrawl symptoms? how long does it take your body to fully recover from 1 shot?
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. Owen replied 5 years ago.
Hello, and I am pleased to help, use of my answers are for educational purposes only.
The half-life is 88 minutes - which means after that after about 7 1/2 hours it has been metabolized by your body - HOWEVER, the effects of the injection can last months.
Kenalog (Triamcinolone) is a moderate to high potency steroid - meaning that it has can have a high degree of effect to decrease inflammatory response in your body.
Side effects to the injection are minimal but you can have side effects such as chest pain - but usually are not long lasting.
Customer: replied 5 years ago.
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according to what i have already been told... kenalog crystals form at the injection site and stay there for a long time... definatly longer than 7 and a half hours.. i really really just want to know how long this slow release medication is going to be bothering me.
Expert:  Dr. Owen replied 5 years ago.
Yes, that is correct, I am saying the body has metabolized the kenalog in about 7 1/2 hours - but when you get an injection of kenalog - this is essentially a 'depo' shot - meaning that depending 'where' in your body you get this shot, this can have long lasting effects. But, what is interesting is that this is a steroid injection that we use for anti-inflammatory process - but it can have some severe reactions.
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