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Sulfacetamide Sodium Topical suspension, cleanser

What is this medicine?

SULFACETAMIDE (sul fa SEE ta mide) is a sulfonamide antibiotic. It is used to treats minor skin infections. It also helps certain skin conditions like seborrhea.

How should I use this medicine?

This medicine is for external use only. Do not take by mouth. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Wash hands before and after use. Wet skin and liberally apply to areas to be cleansed. Massage gently into the skin working into a full lather, then rinse thoroughly with plain water and pat dry. It is not necessary to use regular shampoo after every application, but the hair should be shampooed at least once a week. Do not get this medicine in your eyes. If you do, rinse out with plenty of cool tap water. Use your doses at regular intervals. Do not use your medicine more often than directed. Finish the full course prescribed by your doctor or health care professional even if you think your condition is better.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.

What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?

Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:

  • fever

  • joint pains

  • skin rash, redness, blistering, peeling of skin or mouth or other areas

  • sore mouth or mouth ulcers

  • unusually weak or tired

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

  • mild skin irritation or dryness

What may interact with this medicine?

  • silver-containing skin products

Do not use any other skin products without telling your doctor or health care professional.

What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, use it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, use only that dose. Do not use double or extra doses.

Where should I keep my medicine?

Keep out of the reach of children.

Store at room temperature between 20 and 25 degrees C (68 and 77 degrees F). Do not freeze. Keep away from heat. Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:

  • large areas of damaged skin

  • an unusual or allergic reaction to sulfacetamide, sulfa drugs, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives

  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant

  • breast-feeding

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Tell your doctor or health care professional if your symptoms do not improve in 2 to 3 days.

If you get any sign of an allergic reaction, stop using this medicine and call your doctor or health care professional.

The color of this medicine may darken over time. This does not affect the way the medicine works or its safety. This medicine may cause yellow discoloration if it comes in contact with white fabric. This discoloration may be easily removed by laundering the fabric without bleach.

Online Medical Reviewer: Louise Akin, RN, BSN
Online Medical Reviewer: Daphne Pierce-Smith, RN, MSN, FNP, CCRC
Date Last Reviewed: 8/21/2009
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