Generic Name: sulfacetamide (sul-fa-SEE-ta-mide)
Brand Name: Ovace
Ovace foam is used for:
Treating bacterial infections of the skin, including dandruff. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.
Ovace foam is a sulfonamide. It works by restricting the production of folic acid, which bacteria need for growth. This kills the bacteria.
Do NOT use Ovace foam if:
- you are allergic to any ingredient in Ovace foam
- 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
Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.
Before using Ovace foam:
Some medical conditions may interact with Ovace foam. 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 Ovace foam. 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 Ovace foam's effectiveness
- Methenamine because it may increase the risk of Ovace foam's side effects
This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if Ovace foam 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 Ovace foam:
Use Ovace foam as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.
- Ovace foam is for use on the skin only.
- Shake well before each use.
- Wash your hands before and after using Ovace foam.
- Remove the clear cap from the can. Turn the can upside down and dispense a small amount of medicine (enough to cover the affected area) into your hand. Gently massage into the affected area until the foam disappears.
- If you are applying Ovace foam to the scalp, your hair should be towel-dried or dry before applying.
- Do not wash the treated area immediately after using Ovace foam.
- Hair styling products may be applied as usual after Ovace foam has been applied.
- To clear up your infection completely, use Ovace foam for the full course of treatment. Keep using it even if you feel better in a few days.
- Ovace foam works best if it is used at the same time each day.
- Continue to use Ovace foam even if you feel well. Do not miss any doses.
- If you miss a dose of Ovace foam, 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 Ovace foam.
Important safety information:
- Avoid getting Ovace foam in your eyes, nose, or mouth.
- Talk with your doctor before you use any other medicines or cleansers on your skin.
- Do not apply Ovace foam over large areas of the body or to open wounds or scraped, infected, or burned skin without first checking with your doctor.
- 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.
- Ovace foam only works against bacteria; it does not treat viral infections.
- Be sure to use Ovace foam 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 Ovace foam 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.
- Large amounts of Ovace foam may stain skin or white fabrics. This stain may be removed from fabric by ordinary laundering without bleach.
- Ovace foam is flammable. Do not store or use near an open flame or while smoking.
- The contents of this can are under pressure. Do not puncture, burn, or break container, even if it appears to be empty.
- Ovace foam should be used with extreme caution 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 Ovace foam while you are pregnant. It is not known if this medicine is found in breast milk after topical use. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you use Ovace foam, check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.
Possible side effects of Ovace foam:
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:
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; severe or persistent irritation; 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. Ovace foam may be harmful if swallowed. Symptoms of ingestion may include change in the amount of urine; nausea; vomiting.Proper storage of Ovace foam:
Store Ovace foam at room temperature, between 68 and 77 degrees F (20 and 25 degrees C). Avoid temperatures above 104 degrees F (40 degrees C). Store away from heat and direct sunlight. Do not puncture, break, or burn the canister even if it appears to be empty. Store away from moisture and light. Do not freeze. Keep Ovace foam out of the reach of children and away from pets.
- If you have any questions about Ovace foam, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
- Ovace foam 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 Ovace foam 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 Ovace foam. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to Ovace foam. 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 Ovace foam.
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.
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