Generic Name: prednisolone/sulfacetamide (pred-NISS-oh-lone/sul-fa-SEE-ta-mide)
Brand Name: Blephamide S.O.P.
Prednisolone/sulfacetamide ointment is used for:
Treating inflammation (swelling, warmth, redness, pain) of the eyes and eyelids when infection or risk of infection is present.
Prednisolone/sulfacetamide ointment is an antibacterial and corticosteroid combination. It works by reducing the itching, redness, and swelling of the eye. It also works to stop the growth of certain bacteria that cause eye infections.
Do NOT use prednisolone/sulfacetamide ointment if:
- you are allergic to any ingredient in prednisolone/sulfacetamide ointment, to other corticosteroids (eg, dexamethasone), or to other sulfonamides (eg, acetazolamide, celecoxib, hydrochlorothiazide, glyburide, probenecid, sulfamethoxazole, valdecoxib, zonisamide)
- you have a viral eye infection (eg, herpes simplex, vaccinia, chickenpox), tuberculosis eye infection, or fungal infection of the eye or eye structures
- you have thinning of the cornea of the eye
Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.
Before using prednisolone/sulfacetamide ointment:
Some medical conditions may interact with prednisolone/sulfacetamide ointment. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:
- if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
- if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
- if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
- if you have thinning of the eye tissues (eg, cornea, sclera), other eye problems (eg, glaucoma, cataracts, nerve damage), severe dry eyes, or diabetes
- if you have recently had cataract surgery
Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with prednisolone/sulfacetamide ointment. Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicine, especially any of the following:
- Silver-containing medicines (eg, silver nitrate) because the risk of side effects may be increased
This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if prednisolone/sulfacetamide ointment may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.
How to use prednisolone/sulfacetamide ointment:
Use prednisolone/sulfacetamide ointment as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.
- Prednisolone/sulfacetamide ointment may be used around the eye or in the eye. To use prednisolone/sulfacetamide ointment in the eye, first, wash your hands. Using your index finger, pull the lower eyelid away from your eye to form a pouch. Squeeze a thin strip of ointment into the pouch. After using prednisolone/sulfacetamide ointment, gently close your eyes for 1 to 2 minutes. Wash your hands to remove any medicine that may be on them. Wipe the applicator tip with a clean, dry tissue.
- To prevent germs from contaminating your medicine, do not touch the applicator tip to any surface, including the eye. Keep the container tightly closed.
- To clear up your infection completely, use prednisolone/sulfacetamide ointment for the full course of treatment. Keep using it even if you feel better in a few days.
- Do not use prednisolone/sulfacetamide ointment if it is dark brown or has darkened since you began using it. Contact your doctor or pharmacist if you have questions about whether you should use prednisolone/sulfacetamide ointment.
- Do not wear contact lenses while you are using prednisolone/sulfacetamide ointment. Take care of your contact lenses as directed by the manufacturer. Check with your doctor before you use them.
- If you miss a dose of prednisolone/sulfacetamide ointment, use it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not use 2 doses at once.
Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use prednisolone/sulfacetamide ointment.
Important safety information:
- Prednisolone/sulfacetamide ointment may cause blurred vision. These effects may be worse if you take it with alcohol or certain medicines. Use prednisolone/sulfacetamide ointment with caution. Do not drive or perform other possibly unsafe tasks until you know how you react to it.
- If your symptoms do not get better within 2 days or if they get worse, check with your doctor.
- Be sure to use prednisolone/sulfacetamide ointment for the full course of treatment. If you do not, the medicine may not clear up your infection completely. The bacteria could also become less sensitive to this or other medicines. This could make the infection harder to treat in the future.
- Long-term or repeated use of prednisolone/sulfacetamide ointment may cause a second infection. Tell your doctor if signs of a second infection occur. Your medicine may need to be changed to treat this.
- Tell your doctor or dentist that you take prednisolone/sulfacetamide ointment before you receive any medical or dental care, emergency care, or surgery.
- Do not use prednisolone/sulfacetamide ointment for future eye problems unless directed by your doctor.
- Lab tests, including eye pressure, may be performed while you use prednisolone/sulfacetamide ointment. These tests may be used to monitor your condition or check for side effects. Be sure to keep all doctor and lab appointments.
- Prednisolone/sulfacetamide ointment should be used with extreme caution in CHILDREN younger than 6 years old; safety and effectiveness in these children have not been confirmed.
- PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using prednisolone/sulfacetamide ointment while you are pregnant. It is not known if prednisolone/sulfacetamide ointment is found in breast milk. Do not breast-feed while using prednisolone/sulfacetamide ointment.
Possible side effects of prednisolone/sulfacetamide ointment:
All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:
Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:
Temporary burning or stinging.
Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); changes in vision; eye pain, itching, redness, swelling, irritation, or sores not present when you began using prednisolone/sulfacetamide ointment; fever, chills, or sore throat; red, swollen, or blistered skin; severe or persistent blurred vision; unusual tiredness or weakness; yellowing of the eyes or skin.
This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. To report side effects to the appropriate agency, please read the Guide to Reporting Problems to FDA.
If OVERDOSE is suspected:
Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center, or emergency room immediately.Proper storage of prednisolone/sulfacetamide ointment:
Store prednisolone/sulfacetamide ointment at room temperature, between 59 and 77 degrees F (15 and 25 degrees C). Do not freeze. Store away from heat and light. Keep prednisolone/sulfacetamide ointment out of the reach of children and away from pets.
- If you have any questions about prednisolone/sulfacetamide ointment, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
- Prednisolone/sulfacetamide ointment is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
- If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.
- Check with your pharmacist about how to dispose of unused medicine.
This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take prednisolone/sulfacetamide ointment or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about prednisolone/sulfacetamide ointment. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to prednisolone/sulfacetamide ointment. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using prednisolone/sulfacetamide ointment.
Disclaimer: This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take this medicine or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about this medicine. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to this medicine. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using this medicine.