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Sulfacetamide is part of a class of antibiotics known as sulfonamides. Sulfonamides work by inhibiting bacterial folic acid synthesis which disrupts the growth of bacteria. As a bacteriostatic agent, it does not directly kill bacteria but rather prevents it from replicating and further spreading.
Sulfacetamide is a broad-spectrum antibiotic mainly indicated for:
Sulfacetamide is available in the Philippines as an eye drop preparation. Do not take it orally or apply it to skin wounds.
Prior to use, wash your hands properly with warm water and mild soap. Remove the cap of the eye drop bottle without touching the nozzle. Tilt your head back and gently pull your lower eyelid away from your eye. Instill the appropriate number of drops into the eyelid pouch.
Close your eyes while placing pressure on the inner corner of your eye for one to two minutes. Wipe away any excess medication with a tissue. Repeat in the other eye, if necessary. Wash your hands afterward and avoid touching your eyes and eye area.
This drug should be stored at room temperature (<25°C) and be protected from light and moisture. Do not freeze this product.
Always check the label before using this product. Do not use if the printed expiration date has passed, the product seal has been broken, or the product has changed in color, odor, or consistency.
Do not dispose of this product by pouring it down the drain, toilet, or into the environment. Ask your pharmacist regarding the proper way and location of disposal. For safety, keep out of the reach of children and pets.
Before using this medication, inform your doctor if:
This drug is a pregnancy category C drug. There are no adequate and well-controlled studies using sulfacetamide in pregnant women. This drug should be used during pregnancy only if the potential benefit justifies the potential risk to the fetus, as determined by your doctor.
This drug may be excreted in breast milk. This drug should be used while breastfeeding only if the potential benefit justifies the potential risk to the child, as determined by your doctor.
All drugs have the potential to elicit side effects even with normal use. Many side effects are dose-related and will resolve when it is adjusted or at the end of therapy.
Potential side effects while using this drug include:
Rare, potentially fatal adverse reactions include:
You may experience some, none, or other side effects not mentioned above. If you experience serious adverse reactions, you must stop taking the drug immediately. If you have any concerns about a side effect or it becomes bothersome, consult your doctor or pharmacist.
This drug may interact with other medications. To avoid any potential drug interactions, you should keep a list of all the drugs you are using (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist.
Known drugs and associated interactions with this medication include:
If you experience an adverse drug interaction, stop taking this drug and continue taking your other medication. Inform your doctor immediately to reevaluate your treatment plan. Your dose may need to be adjusted, substituted with another drug, or discontinue using the drug.
This drug can be used with or without meals, as there is no notable interaction. As an eye drop preparation, alcohol consumption is unlikely to have any notable interactions.
Inform your doctor or pharmacist if you have any concerns regarding food-drug interactions.
This drug should be taken with caution if you have any of the following conditions or risk factors:
Inform your doctor or pharmacist if you have any concerns regarding specific health conditions.
The information provided is not a substitute for any medical advice. You should ALWAYS consult your doctor or pharmacist before using sulfacetamide.
For treating eye infections
For treating eye infections
This drug is available in the following brands, dosage forms, and strengths:
In case of an emergency or an overdose, call your local emergency services or go to your nearest emergency room.
If you miss a dose of this drug, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take your regular dose as scheduled. Do not take a double dose. Avoid missing doses to prevent antibiotic resistance and treatment failure.
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Sulfacetamide, https://www.mims.com/philippines/drug/info/sulfacetamide?mtype=generic, Accessed Aug 24, 2020
Sulfacetamide, https://pubchem.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/compound/Sulfacetamide, Accessed Aug 24, 2020