Generic Name: sulfacetamide (SUL-fa-SEET-a-mide)
Brand Name: Bleph-10
Sulfacetamide drops are used for:
Treating eye infections caused by certain bacteria.
Sulfacetamide drops are a sulfonamide. It works by restricting the production of folic acid, which bacteria need for growth. This kills the bacteria.
Do NOT use sulfacetamide drops if:
- you are allergic to any ingredient in sulfacetamide drops or to any other sulfonamide medicine (eg, sulfamethoxazole)
Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.
Before using sulfacetamide drops:
Some medical conditions may interact with sulfacetamide drops. 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 a discharge from your eye
Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with sulfacetamide drops. Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:
- Silver-containing products because they may decrease sulfacetamide drops's effectiveness
This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if sulfacetamide drops 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 drops:
Use sulfacetamide drops as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.
- Sulfacetamide drops are only for the eye. Do not get it in your nose or mouth.
- To use sulfacetamide drops in the eye, first, wash your hands. Tilt your head back. Using your index finger, pull the lower eyelid away from the eye to form a pouch. Drop the medicine into the pouch and gently close your eyes. Immediately use your finger to apply pressure to the inside corner of the eyelid for 1 to 2 minutes. Do not blink. Remove excess medicine around your eye with a clean, dry tissue, being careful not to touch your eye. Wash your hands to remove any medicine that may be on them.
- Do not use if the solution changes color.
- 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 sulfacetamide drops for the full course of treatment. Keep using it even if you feel better in a few days.
- Sulfacetamide drops works best if it is taken at the same time each day.
- Continue to use sulfacetamide drops even if you feel well. Do not miss any doses.
- If you miss a dose of sulfacetamide drops, 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 drops.
Important safety information:
- Sulfacetamide drops only works against bacteria; it does not treat viral infections
- Be sure to use sulfacetamide drops 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 drops 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.
- Severe and sometimes fatal effects have happened with sulfa (sulfonamide) medicines like this one. Call your doctor right away if you have a rash; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin; red or irritated eyes; sores in your mouth, throat, nose, or eyes; fever, chills, or sore throat; cough that is new or worse; feeling very tired or weak; any bruising or bleeding; or symptoms of liver problems (eg, dark urine, pale stools, persistent loss of appetite, right-upper stomach pain, unusual tired, yellowing of the skin or eyes).
- PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using sulfacetamide drops while you are pregnant. It is not known if this medicine is found in breast milk after use in the eye. Do not breast-feed while using sulfacetamide drops.
Possible side effects of sulfacetamide drops:
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:
Mild irritation, stinging, or burning.
Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); new or worsening eye discharge, inflammation, or 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 ( http://www.aapcc.org), or emergency room immediately. Sulfacetamide drops may be harmful if swallowed.Proper storage of sulfacetamide drops:
Store sulfacetamide drops at room temperature, between 46 and 77 degrees F (8 and 25 degrees C). Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Do not freeze. Keep sulfacetamide drops out of the reach of children and away from pets.
- If you have any questions about sulfacetamide drops, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
- Sulfacetamide drops are 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 drops 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 drops. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to sulfacetamide drops. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your health care provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using sulfacetamide drops.
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.