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sulfacetamide sodium and urea topical

Generic Name: sulfacetamide sodium and urea topical (sul fa SEET a mide SOE dee um and ure EE a TOP i kal)
Brand Name: Carmol Scalp, Carmol Scalp Treatment Kit, Rosula NS

What is sulfacetamide sodium and urea topical?

Sulfacetamide sodium is a sulfa antibiotic that fights bacteria on the skin.

Urea helps moisturize the skin.

The combination of sulfacetamide sodium and urea topical (for the skin) is used to treat acne vulgaris and seborrheic dermatitis (red, flaking skin rash).

Sulfacetamide sodium and urea topical may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

Important Information

You should not use this medication if you are allergic to sulfacetamide, urea, or sulfa drugs. Do not use sulfacetamide sodium and urea topical medicated pads if you have kidney disease.

To make sure you can safely use sulfacetamide sodium and urea topical, tell your doctor if you have a history of burns, open sores, or skin wounds in the skin area you plan to treat with this medication.

Do not use sulfacetamide sodium and urea topical to treat any skin condition that has not been checked by your doctor.

It may take up to several weeks before your symptoms improve. Keep using the medication as directed and tell your doctor if your symptoms do not improve, or if they get worse while using sulfacetamide sodium and urea topical.

Do not share this medication with another person, even if they have the same symptoms you have.

Before taking this medicine

You should not use this medication if you are allergic to sulfacetamide, urea, or sulfa drugs. Do not use sulfacetamide sodium and urea topical medicated pads if you have kidney disease.

To make sure you can safely use sulfacetamide sodium and urea topical, tell your doctor if you have a history of burns, open sores, or skin wounds in the skin area you plan to treat with this medication.

Do not use sulfacetamide sodium and urea topical to treat any skin condition that has not been checked by your doctor.

FDA pregnancy category C. It is not known whether sulfacetamide sodium and urea topical will harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant while using this medication.

It is not known whether sulfacetamide sodium and urea topical passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Do not use this medication without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.

How should I use sulfacetamide sodium and urea topical?

Use exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not use in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended. Follow the directions on your prescription label.

This medication is usually applied 1 to 3 times per day. Follow your doctor's instructions.

Wash your hands after applying the lotion or using the medicated pad.

Do not cover the treated skin area unless your doctor has told you to.

Throw away the medicated pad after one use.

Use sulfacetamide sodium and urea topical regularly to get the most benefit. Get your prescription refilled before you run out of medicine completely.

It may take up to several weeks before your symptoms improve. Keep using the medication as directed and tell your doctor if your symptoms do not improve, or if they get worse while using sulfacetamide sodium and urea topical.

Do not share this medication with another person, even if they have the same symptoms you have.

This medicine may appear to get darker in color over time. This is not harmful and will not affect safe use of sulfacetamide sodium and urea topical.

Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat. Do not freeze.

What happens if I miss a dose?

Apply the missed dose as soon as you remember. Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next scheduled dose. Do not use extra medicine to make up the missed dose.

What happens if I overdose?

Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222.

What should I avoid while using sulfacetamide sodium and urea topical?

Avoid getting this medication in your eyes, nose, or mouth. If this does happen, rinse with water. Do not apply the medication to your lips or eyelids. Do not use sulfacetamide sodium and urea topical on irritated or broken skin.

Avoid using other medications on the areas you treat with sulfacetamide sodium and urea topical unless your doctor tells you to.

Sulfacetamide sodium and urea topical side effects

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Stop using sulfacetamide sodium and urea topical and call your doctor at once if you have a serious side effect such as:

  • fever, sore throat, body aches, flu symptoms;

  • mouth sores;

  • easy bruising or bleeding, unusual weakness;

  • dark urine, jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes); or

  • warmth, swelling, oozing, or other signs of skin infection; or

  • severe burning, stinging, swelling, or redness of your skin after applying this medicine.

Less serious side effects may include mild skin irritation.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

See also: Side effects (in more detail)

Sulfacetamide sodium and urea topical dosing information

Usual Adult Dose for Secondary Cutaneous Bacterial Infections:

Sodium sulfacetamide-urea 10%-10% topical lotion:
Apply to affected areas 2 to 4 times daily until cleared.

Sodium sulfacetamide-urea 10%-10% topical pads:
Apply to affected areas 1 to 2 times daily until cleared.

Usual Adult Dose for Dandruff:

Sodium sulfacetamide-urea 10%-10% topical lotion:
Apply to scalp at bedtime and leave on overnight. In severe cases, use twice daily.

Sodium sulfacetamide-urea 10%-10% topical pads:
Apply to affected areas 1 to 2 times daily.

Usual Adult Dose for Seborrheic Dermatitis:

Sodium sulfacetamide-urea 10%-10% topical lotion:
Apply to scalp at bedtime and leave on overnight. In severe cases, use twice daily.

Sodium sulfacetamide-urea 10%-10% topical pads:
Apply to affected areas 1 to 2 times daily.

Usual Pediatric Dose for Secondary Cutaneous Bacterial Infections:

Sodium sulfacetamide-urea 10%-10% topical lotion:
>=12 years:
Apply to affected areas 2 to 4 times daily until cleared.

Sodium sulfacetamide-urea 10%-10% topical pads:
>=12 years:
Apply to affected areas 1 to 2 times daily until cleared.

Usual Pediatric Dose for Dandruff:

Sodium sulfacetamide-urea 10%-10% topical lotion:
>=12 years:
Apply to scalp at bedtime and leave on overnight. In severe cases, use twice daily.

Sodium sulfacetamide-urea 10%-10% topical pads:
>=12 years:
Apply to affected areas 1 to 2 times daily.

Usual Pediatric Dose for Seborrheic Dermatitis:

Sodium sulfacetamide-urea 10%-10% topical lotion:
>=12 years:
Apply to scalp at bedtime and leave on overnight. In severe cases, use twice daily.

Sodium sulfacetamide-urea 10%-10% topical pads:
>=12 years:
Apply to affected areas 1 to 2 times daily.

What other drugs will affect sulfacetamide sodium and urea topical?

It is not likely that other drugs you take orally or inject will have an effect on topically applied sulfacetamide sodium and urea topical. But many drugs can interact with each other. Tell your doctor about all medications you use. This includes prescription, over-the-counter, vitamin, and herbal products. Do not start a new medication without telling your doctor.

Further information

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.

Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.

Date modified: March 01, 2018
Last reviewed: May 04, 2012

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