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Sulfacetamide

INFORMATION

Uses

Sulfacetamide is used in the treatment of bacterial infections and acne (pimples).

How it works

Sulfacetamide is an antibiotic. It stops bacteria from producing folic acid, a vitamin required for bacterial replication.

Common side effects

Stinging sensation, Irritation, Burning sensation

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Expert advice

  • Complete the full course of sulfacetamide treatment even if you feel better.
  • Do not apply sulfacetamide while you are wearing contact lenses. Wait for at least 15-20 minutes after using sulfacetamide to put in the contact lenses.
  • Ensure that you do not rub your eyes even if your vision is blurred after applying sulfacetamide.
  • Do not drive or operate machinery as sulfacetamide may cause blurred vision.
  • Tell your doctor if you are or planning to become pregnant or are breastfeeding.

Frequently asked questions

Sulfacetamide

Q.Is sulfacetamide sodium ophthalmic solution an antibiotic/ a sulfa drug?
Sulfacetamide belongs to a class of medicines called sulfonamide antibiotics

Q.Is sulfacetamide used for pink eye?
Yes. Sulfacetamide is used for pink eye (conjunctivitis; inflammation of the eye)

Q.Is sulfacetamide supposed to burn?
Sulfacetamide may cause burning sensation. Consult your doctor burning continues for more than 48 hours.


Content on this page was last updated on 25 November, 2016, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)