Generic Name: sulfacetamide (sul-fa-SEE-ta-mide)
Brand Name: Ovace
Sulfacetamide cream is used for:
Treating bacterial infections of the skin, including dandruff. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.
Sulfacetamide cream is a sulfonamide. It works by restricting the production of folic acid, which bacteria need for growth. This kills the bacteria.
Do NOT use sulfacetamide cream if:
- you are allergic to any ingredient in sulfacetamide cream
- you have had a severe allergic reaction (eg, severe rash, hives, difficulty breathing, dizziness) to any other sulfonamide medicine, such as acetazolamide, celecoxib, certain diuretics (eg, hydrochlorothiazide), glyburide, probenecid, sulfamethoxazole, valdecoxib, or zonisamide
- you are taking methenamine
Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.
Before using sulfacetamide cream:
Some medical conditions may interact with sulfacetamide cream. 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
Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with sulfacetamide cream. Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:
- Silver-containing products (eg, silver sulfadiazine) because they may decrease sulfacetamide cream's effectiveness
- Methenamine because it may increase the risk of sulfacetamide cream's side effects
This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if sulfacetamide cream 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 sulfacetamide cream:
Use sulfacetamide cream as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.
- Sulfacetamide cream is for use on the skin only. Sulfacetamide cream may stain clothing and the skin if too much is used. If your skin becomes too dry, apply less to the area.
- To clear up your infection completely, use sulfacetamide cream for the full course of treatment. Keep using it even if you feel better in a few days.
- Sulfacetamide cream works best if it is used at the same time each day.
- Continue to use sulfacetamide cream even if you feel well. Do not miss any doses.
- If you miss a dose of sulfacetamide cream, 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 sulfacetamide cream.
Important safety information:
- It may take several days for sulfacetamide cream to work fully.
- Avoid getting sulfacetamide cream in your eyes, nose, or mouth.
- Talk with your doctor before you use any other medicines or cleansers on your skin.
- Contact your doctor right away if stomach pain or cramps, severe diarrhea, or bloody stools occur. Do not treat diarrhea without first checking with your doctor.
- Sulfacetamide cream only works against bacteria; it does not treat viral infections.
- Be sure to use sulfacetamide cream 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 sulfacetamide cream 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.
- Sulfacetamide cream should not be used in CHILDREN younger than 12 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 sulfacetamide cream while you are pregnant. It is not known if sulfacetamide cream is found in breast milk after topical use. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you use sulfacetamide cream, check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.
Possible side effects of sulfacetamide cream:
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:
Irritation, stinging, or burning of the skin.
Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); bloody diarrhea; fever; joint pain; red, swollen, or blistered skin; severe diarrhea; sores in the mouth; stomach cramps/pain.
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. Sulfacetamide cream may be harmful if swallowed. Symptoms of ingestion may include change in the amount of urine; nausea; vomiting.Proper storage of sulfacetamide cream:
Store sulfacetamide cream at room temperature, between 68 and 77 degrees F (20 and 25 degrees C). Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not freeze. Keep sulfacetamide cream out of the reach of children and away from pets.
- If you have any questions about sulfacetamide cream, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
- Sulfacetamide cream 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 sulfacetamide cream 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 sulfacetamide cream. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to sulfacetamide cream. 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 sulfacetamide cream.
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.