Sulfacetamide Sodium Foam

GENERIC NAME(S): Sulfacetamide Sodium

Uses

Uses

This medication is used to treat certain skin problems (such as dandruff, seborrheic dermatitis). Sulfacetamide belongs to a class of drugs known as sulfa antibiotics. It works by killing certain bacteria on the skin that can lead to dandruff and other skin problems.

How to use Sulfacetamide Sodium Foam

Apply this medication on affected skin as directed by your doctor, usually 1 to 3 times daily. To avoid irritation, avoid contact with your eyes, inside your nose or mouth, or broken skin (such as cuts, scrapes). If you accidentally get this medication in those areas, flush well with cool water.

Before use, clean the affected area with a mild cleanser and pat dry. Shake the container well before each use. Holding the can upright, place a small amount of this medication onto your hand. Use your fingers to massage the foam into the affected area. Wait 10 minutes, then rinse the area with water and pat dry. Wash your hands after each use.

Use this medication regularly to get the most benefit from it. To help you remember, use it at the same times each day. Do not use more of this medication or use this drug more often or for longer than prescribed. Your skin will not improve any faster, and your risk of side effects may increase.

Tell your doctor if your condition does not get better or if it gets worse.

Side Effects

Side Effects

Redness, itching, or irritation at the application site may occur. If any of these effects last or get worse, tell your doctor or pharmacist promptly.

Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.

Tell your doctor right away if you have any serious side effects, including: joint/muscle pain, mouth or nose sores, unusual tiredness.

A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, get medical help right away if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.

This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

In the US -

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or at www.fda.gov/medwatch.

In Canada - Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to Health Canada at 1-866-234-2345.

Precautions

Precautions

Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or to other sulfa antibiotics (such as sulfamethoxazole); or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.

Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: kidney disease.

This medication may make you more sensitive to the sun. Limit your time in the sun. Avoid tanning booths and sunlamps. Use sunscreen and wear protective clothing when outdoors. Tell your doctor right away if you get sunburned or have skin blisters/redness.

If this medication gets on white fabrics, it may stain them. However, the stains can be easily removed by normal washing, even without bleach.

Before having surgery, tell your doctor or dentist about all the products you use (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products).

During pregnancy, this medication should be used only when clearly needed. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.

It is unknown if this medication passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.

Interactions

Interactions

Drug interactions may change how your medications work or increase your risk for serious side effects. This document does not contain all possible drug interactions. Keep a list of all the products you use (including prescription/nonprescription drugs and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicines without your doctor's approval.

Some products that may interact with this drug include: skin products that contain silver (such as silver sulfadiazine).

Overdose

Overdose

This medicine may be harmful if swallowed. If someone has overdosed and has serious symptoms such as passing out or trouble breathing, call 911. Otherwise, call a poison control center right away. US residents can call their local poison control center at 1-800-222-1222. Canada residents can call a provincial poison control center.

Notes

Do not share this medication with others.

Missed Dose

If you miss a dose, use it as soon as you remember. If it is near the time of the next dose, skip the missed dose. Use your next dose at the regular time. Do not double the dose to catch up.

Storage

Store at room temperature away from heat and open flame. Do not store in the refrigerator or freezer. The contents of this can are under pressure. Do not puncture or burn the container. Keep all medications away from children and pets.

Do not flush medications down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. Properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist or local waste disposal company.Information last revised October 2016. Copyright(c) 2016 First Databank, Inc.

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