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Sulfacetamide Sodium, Sulfur Topical foam

It is used on the skin to treat acne, rosacea, or seborrhea

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What is this medicine?

SULFACETAMIDE; SULFUR (sul fa SEE ta mide; sul fur) is a sulfonamide antibiotic. It is used on the skin to treat acne, rosacea, or seborrhea.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
  • large areas of damaged skin
  • kidney disease
  • an unusual or allergic reaction to sulfacetamide, sulfur, sulfa drugs, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant
  • breast-feeding

How should I use this medicine?

This medicine is for external use only. Do not take by mouth. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Wash hands before and after use. Before each use, shake and tap the bottom of the can as directed. Be sure to read the directions that come with your product. Depress the pump until a foam begins to come out of the can. Gently cleanse and pat dry the affected area before applying. Dispense foam onto fingertips. Use fingertips to apply gently to the affected area. Keep the foam on skin for at least 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, the medicine may be left on or rinsed with water. Do not use your medicine more often than directed.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. While this medicine may be prescribed for children as young as 12 years old, precautions do apply.

Overdosage: If you think you've taken too much of this medicine contact a poison control center or emergency room at once.

What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, use it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, use only that dose. Do not use double or extra doses.

What may interact with this medicine?


-silver-containing skin productsDo not use any other skin products on the affected area without asking your doctor or health care professional.

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Tell your doctor or health care professional if your symptoms do not start to get better or if they get worse.

Do not get this medicine in your eyes. If you do, rinse out with plenty of cool tap water.

If you get any sign of an allergic reaction, stop using this medicine and call your doctor or health care professional for advice.

This medicine can make you more sensitive to the sun. Keep out of the sun. If you cannot avoid being in the sun, wear protective clothing and use sunscreen. Do not use sun lamps or tanning beds/booths.

What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?

Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
  • allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
  • fever
  • redness, blistering, peeling or loosening of the skin, including inside the mouth

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (Report these to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome.):

  • mild skin irritation or dryness

Where should I keep my medicine?

Keep out of the reach of children.

Store upright at room temperature between 15 and 30 degrees C (59 and 86 degrees F). Do not freeze. The contents are under pressure and may burst when exposed to heat or flame. Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.

Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.


Last Updated: May 21, 2012
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