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Sulfacetamide Topical



Sulfacetamide topical is used to treat bacterial infections of the eyes and skin.

How it works

Sulfacetamide belongs to a class of medications called sulfonamide antibiotics. It works by inhibiting the synthesis of folic acid in the bacteria (which is essential for bacterial growth), which stops their growth and cures the infection.

Common side effects

Irritation, Skin burn, Tingling sensation


Expert advice

  • Do not apply sulfacetamide topical 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 use any machinery after applying sulfacetamide as it may cause blurred vision.
  • Tell your doctor if you are or planning to become pregnant or are breastfeeding. 
  • It should not take if patient is allergic to sulfacetamide or any of its ingredients.
  • It sholud not given to infants <2 months.

Frequently asked questions

Sulfacetamide Topical

Q. Is sulfacetamide sodium ophthalmic solution an antibiotic/ a sulfa drug?
Sulfacetamide is a sulfa antibiotic.
Q. Is sulfacetamide topical used for pink eye?
Yes. Sulfacetamide topical is used for pink eye (conjunctivitis; inflammation of the eye).
Q. Is sulfacetamide topical supposed to burn?
Sulfacetamide topical may cause burning sensation. Consult your doctor if burning continues for more than 48 hours.

Content on this page was last updated on 30 September, 2016, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)