Sulfacetamide FoamGeneric Name:
Sulfacetamide (sul-fa-SEE-ta-mide)Brand Name:
Sulfacetamide Foam is used for:
Treating bacterial infections of the skin, including dandruff. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.
Sulfacetamide Foam is a sulfonamide. It works by restricting the production of folic acid, which bacteria need for growth. This kills the bacteria.
Do NOT use Sulfacetamide Foam if:
- you are allergic to any ingredient in Sulfacetamide Foam
- 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
Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.
Before using Sulfacetamide Foam:
Some medical conditions may interact with Sulfacetamide Foam. 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
Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Sulfacetamide Foam. 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 Foam's effectiveness
- Methenamine because it may increase the risk of Sulfacetamide Foam's side effects
This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if Sulfacetamide Foam 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 Foam:
Use Sulfacetamide Foam as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.
- Sulfacetamide Foam is for use on the skin only.
- Shake well before each use.
- Wash your hands before and after using Sulfacetamide Foam.
- Remove the clear cap from the can. Turn the can upside down and dispense a small amount of medicine (enough to cover the affected area) into your hand. Gently massage into the affected area until the foam disappears.
- If you are applying Sulfacetamide Foam to the scalp, your hair should be towel-dried or dry before applying.
- Do not wash the treated area immediately after using Sulfacetamide Foam.
- Hair styling products may be applied as usual after Sulfacetamide Foam has been applied.
- To clear up your infection completely, use Sulfacetamide Foam for the full course of treatment. Keep using it even if you feel better in a few days.
- Sulfacetamide Foam works best if it is used at the same time each day.
- Continue to use Sulfacetamide Foam even if you feel well. Do not miss any doses.
- If you miss a dose of Sulfacetamide Foam, 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 Foam.
Important safety information:
- Avoid getting Sulfacetamide Foam in your eyes, nose, or mouth.
- Talk with your doctor before you use any other medicines or cleansers on your skin.
- Do not apply Sulfacetamide Foam over large areas of the body or to open wounds or scraped, infected, or burned skin without first checking with your doctor.
- 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 Foam only works against bacteria; it does not treat viral infections.
- Be sure to use Sulfacetamide Foam 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 Foam 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.
- Large amounts of Sulfacetamide Foam may stain skin or white fabrics. This stain may be removed from fabric by ordinary laundering without bleach.
- Sulfacetamide Foam is flammable. Do not store or use near an open flame or while smoking.
- The contents of this can are under pressure. Do not puncture, burn, or break container, even if it appears to be empty.
- Sulfacetamide Foam 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 Foam while you are pregnant. It is not known if Sulfacetamide Foam is found in breast milk after topical use. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you use Sulfacetamide Foam, check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.
Possible side effects of Sulfacetamide Foam:
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:
Mild irritation.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; severe or persistent irritation; 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 Foam may be harmful if swallowed. Symptoms of ingestion may include change in the amount of urine; nausea; vomiting.Proper storage of Sulfacetamide Foam:
Store Sulfacetamide Foam at room temperature, between 68 and 77 degrees F (20 and 25 degrees C). Avoid temperatures above 104 degrees F (40 degrees C). Store away from heat and direct sunlight. Do not puncture, break, or burn the canister even if it appears to be empty. Store away from moisture and light. Do not freeze. Keep Sulfacetamide Foam out of the reach of children and away from pets.
- If you have any questions about Sulfacetamide Foam, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
- Sulfacetamide Foam 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 Foam. 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.