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Sulfacetamide

Sulfacetamide

How should this medicine be used?

Ophthalmic sulfacetamide comes as a solution (liquid) to instill in the eyes, and an ointment to apply to the eyes. The eye drops usually are instilled every 2 to 3 hours during the day and less frequently at night; the ointment usually is applied four times a day and at bedtime. Follow the directions on your prescription label carefully, and ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain any part you do not understand. Use sulfacetamide exactly as directed. Do not use more or less of it or use it more often than prescribed by your doctor.

Mechanism of Action

Sodium sulfacetamide is a sulfonamide-type antibacterial agent. Its mechanism of action is the inhibition of bacterial dihydropteroate synthetase, which prevents the conversion of p-aminobenzoic acid to folic acid. This process causes a bacteriostatic effect on the growth of several gram-negative and gram-positive organisms, including Propionibacterium acnes.

General Instructions

Strictly follow all the instructions on the label and use Sulfacetamide only as directed. Do not touch the tip of the bottle. Do not use more than what is prescribed or share this medication with other people. It is advised that you should inform the doctor about all the medicines, especially eye medicines, or herbal products that you are using and about all your medical conditions before using this medicine. You are advised to complete the prescribed course of treatment even if the symptoms get better.

Uses of Sulfacetamide

Sulfacetamide is used in the treatment of:

  • Corneal Ulcer
  • Dermatitis, Seborrheic
  • Ear Diseases
  • Skin Diseases, Bacterial
  • Trachoma

How is this medicine (Sulfacetamide Eye Drops) best taken?

Use this medicine (sulfacetamide eye drops) as ordered by your doctor. Read all information given to you. Follow all instructions closely.

  • To gain the most benefit, do not miss doses.
  • Keep using this medicine (sulfacetamide eye drops) as you have been told by your doctor or other health care provider, even if you feel well.
  • For the eye only.
  • Wash your hands before and after use.

Warnings for special population

Pregnancy - This medicine is not recommended for use in pregnant women unless absolutely necessary. Discuss with the doctor all the potential risks and benefits before using this medicine.

Breast-feeding - This medicine is not recommended for use in breastfeeding women unless absolutely necessary. Discuss with the doctor all the potential risks and benefits before using this medicine.

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