Sulfiram

Information about Sulfiram

Sulfiram Uses

Sulfiram is used in the treatment of scabies.

How Sulfiram works

Sulfiram belongs to the class of medications called as antiscabies agents. It acts by killing the mites causing scabies thereby preventing the infection.

Common side effects of Sulfiram

Erythematous rash, Itching, Dry skin, Paresthesia (tingling or pricking sensation)
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Available Medicine for Sulfiram

T-SolPsychotropics India Ltd
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MalviaBiochemix Health Care Pvt. Ltd.
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TetminolKnoll Pharmaceuticals Ltd
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TetnosoapSun Life Sciences Pvt Ltd
651 variant(s)

Expert advice for Sulfiram

  • Take a warm bath and apply the medicated soap all over the body especially in folded areas of the skin. Blot dry with a towel.
  • Seek immediate medical attention if you experience any allergic reactions. 
  • Preferably use at night before going to bed. 
  • Do not let sulfiram soap come in contact with your mouth or eyes.
  • Wash your clothing and bed sheets after each application to kill all the mites.
  • Application of sulfiram should continue till the infection terminates.
  • Follow up with your doctor after 1 week of treatment.
  • Do not consume alcohol when on treatment with sulfiram, as it may cause serious adverse effects.
  • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant or are breastfeeding.
  • Do not use if you are allergic to sulfiram or other sulfur containing medications or any of its ingredients. 
  • Do not use if you have had heart attack, or mental disorders (e.g episodes in which they see, hear or feel things that are not really present [hallucinations], or false ideas or beliefs despite evidence suggesting otherwise [delusions ], serious allergic reactions). 

Frequently asked questions for Sulfiram

Sulfiram

Q. What is Sulfiram used for?

Sulfiram is an ectoparasiticide used in the treatment and prevention of scabies. It is usually sold as a solution or medicated soap, sometimes in combination with benzyl benzoate.

Q. Is Sulfiram effective?

Sulfiram is effective if used in the dose and duration advised by your doctor. Do not stop taking it even if you see improvement in your condition. If you stop using Sulfiram too early, the symptoms may return or worsen.

Q. What precautions do I need to take while using Sulfiram?

Be careful not to get Sulfiram into your eyes or mouth. If you happen to get it in your eyes, rinse off with plenty of water immediately and contact your doctor. You must not use Sulfiram if you are allergic to it or any of its ingredients. Tell your doctor if you notice any allergic reaction while using it for the first time. Inform your doctor if you are taking any medicines regularly, to prevent any allergic reaction with other medicines. Do not cover the area being treated with Sulfiram with a bandage, as this may increase absorption of this medicine and increase the side effects. Do not use more than what is recommended to relieve your symptoms faster. Using more than what is advised will only increase the side effects. Let your doctor know if you are planning to conceive. Pregnant and breastfeeding mothers should use Sulfiram only if prescribed by the doctor.

Q. What should I do if I forget to use Sulfiram?

If you forget to use Sulfiram, do not worry and continue using Sulfiram as soon as you remember. If you have any other doubts, please consult your doctor.

Q. Is Sulfiram available over the counter?

No, Sulfiram is not available over the counter, rather, it can be taken only if prescribed by a doctor. Do not self-medicate and take it only under the supervision of a healthcare professional to get maximum benefit of Sulfiram.

Q. Is Sulfiram safe?

Sulfiram is safe if used in the dose and duration as advised by your doctor. Take it exactly as directed and do not skip any dose. Follow your doctor's instructions carefully and let your doctor know if any of the side effects bother you.

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