Sulfacetamide WashGeneric Name:
Sulfacetamide (sul-fa-SEE-ta-mide)Brand Name:
Examples include Mexar and Ovace
Sulfacetamide Wash is used for:
Treating certain skin conditions (eg, seborrheic dermatitis), dandruff, and certain bacterial infections of the skin. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.
Sulfacetamide Wash is a sulfonamide antibiotic. It works by killing bacteria.
Do NOT use Sulfacetamide Wash if:
- you are allergic to any ingredient in Sulfacetamide Wash
- you have had a severe allergic reaction (eg, severe rash, hives, difficulty breathing, dizziness) to any other sulfonamide medicine, such as acetazolamide, celecoxib, certain diuretics (eg, hydrochlorothiazide), glyburide, probenecid, sulfamethoxazole, valdecoxib, or zonisamide
- you are taking methenamine
Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.
Before using Sulfacetamide Wash:
Some medical conditions may interact with Sulfacetamide Wash. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:
- if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
- if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
- if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
- if you have a history of lupus
Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Sulfacetamide Wash. Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:
- Silver-containing products (eg, silver sulfadiazine) because they may decrease Sulfacetamide Wash's effectiveness
- Methenamine because it may increase the risk of Sulfacetamide Wash's side effects
This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if Sulfacetamide Wash may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.
How to use Sulfacetamide Wash:
Use Sulfacetamide Wash as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.
- Sulfacetamide Wash is for use on the skin only. Sulfacetamide Wash may stain clothing and the skin if too much is used.
- To clear up your infection completely, use Sulfacetamide Wash for the full course of treatment. Keep using it even if you feel better in a few days.
- Sulfacetamide Wash works best if it is used at the same time each day.
- Continue to use Sulfacetamide Wash even if you feel well. Do not miss any doses.
- If you miss a dose of Sulfacetamide Wash, use it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not use 2 doses at once.
Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Sulfacetamide Wash.
Important safety information:
- It may take several days for Sulfacetamide Wash to work fully.
- Avoid getting Sulfacetamide Wash in your eyes, nose, or mouth.
- Talk with your doctor before you use any other medicines or cleansers on your skin.
- Contact your doctor right away if stomach pain or cramps, severe diarrhea, or bloody stools occur. Do not treat diarrhea without first checking with your doctor.
- Sulfacetamide Wash only works against bacteria; it does not treat viral infections.
- Be sure to use Sulfacetamide Wash for the full course of treatment. If you do not, the medicine may not clear up your infection completely. The bacteria could also become less sensitive to this or other medicines. This could make the infection harder to treat in the future.
- Long-term or repeated use of Sulfacetamide Wash may cause a second infection. Tell your doctor if signs of a second infection occur. Your medicine may need to be changed to treat this.
- Sulfacetamide Wash should be used with extreme caution in CHILDREN younger than 12 years old; safety and effectiveness in these children have not been confirmed.
- PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using Sulfacetamide Wash while you are pregnant. It is not known if Sulfacetamide Wash is found in breast milk after topical use. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you use Sulfacetamide Wash, check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.
Possible side effects of Sulfacetamide Wash:
All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:
Irritation, stinging, or burning of the skin.Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:
Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); bloody diarrhea; fever; joint pain; red, swollen, or blistered skin; severe diarrhea; sores in the mouth; stomach cramps/pain.
This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088. You may also report side effects at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.
If OVERDOSE is suspected:
Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center ( http://www.aapcc.org), or emergency room immediately. Sulfacetamide Wash may be harmful if swallowed. Symptoms of ingestion may include change in the amount of urine; nausea; vomiting.Proper storage of Sulfacetamide Wash:
Store Sulfacetamide Wash at room temperature, between 68 and 77 degrees F (20 and 25 degrees C). Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Do not freeze. Keep Sulfacetamide Wash out of the reach of children and away from pets.
- If you have any questions about Sulfacetamide Wash, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
- Sulfacetamide Wash is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
- If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.
This information is a summary only. It does not contain all information about Sulfacetamide Wash. If you have questions about the medicine you are taking or would like more information, check with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.