Generic Name: sulfur topical (SULL fur)
Brand Name: Acnotex, Fostril, Liquimat Light, Liquimat Medium, Rezamid, Sulfo-Lo, Sulfoam, Sulforcin, Sulmasque, Sulpho-Lac, Sulpho-Lac Soap
What is Sulfoam (sulfur topical)?
Topical sulfur causes drying and peeling of the skin. This allows excess oil and dirt to be easily washed away.
Sulfur topical is used to treat acne.
Sulfur topical may also be used for purposes other than those listed in this medication guide.
What is the most important information I should know about Sulfoam (sulfur topical)?
Do not use sulfur on sunburned, windburned, dry, chapped, or irritated skin or on open wounds.
Avoid abrasive, harsh, or drying soaps and cleansers while using sulfur topical.
Who should not use Sulfoam (sulfur topical)?
Do not use sulfur topical on sunburned, windburned, dry, chapped, or irritated skin. It could make these conditions much worse. Also avoid using sulfur topical on wounds or on areas of eczema. Wait until these conditions have healed before using this medication.
Do not use sulfur topical during treatment with other topical acne products unless otherwise directed with your doctor. The combination could lead to severe skin irritation.
It is not known whether sulfur topical will harm an unborn baby. Do not use sulfur topical without first talking to your doctor if you are pregnant.
It is also not known whether sulfur passes into breast milk. Do not use sulfur topical without first talking to your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.
How should I use Sulfoam (sulfur topical)?
Use sulfur topical exactly as directed by your doctor, or follow the instructions that accompany the package. If you do not understand these directions, ask your pharmacist, nurse, or doctor to explain them to you.
Wash your hands before and after applying this medication.
Shake lotions well before using them.
Clean and dry the area to which you will apply sulfur topical. Apply the medication to the affected area.
When applying sulfur topical, avoid your eyes, the inside of your nose and mouth, your lips, and areas where the skin is broken to prevent excessive irritation. If you get medication in any of these areas, rinse it off with water.
Do not cover the affected area after applying sulfur topical, unless otherwise directed by your doctor. Doing so could cause too much medicine to be absorbed by your body and could be harmful.
Sulfur topical is usually applied one to three times daily.
It may take several weeks or more to see the effects of this drug. Do not stop using sulfur topical if you do not see results immediately.
Apply sulfur topical less often if you experience excessive burning, dryness, or irritation.
Store sulfur topical at room temperature away from moisture and heat.
What happens if I miss a dose?
Apply the missed dose as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the dose you missed and apply only your next regularly scheduled dose.
What happens if I overdose?
An overdose of sulfur topical is unlikely to occur. If you do suspect an overdose, or if sulfur topical has been ingested, call a poison control center or emergency room for advice.
What should I avoid while using Sulfoam (sulfur topical)?
Do not use sulfur topical on sunburned, windburned, dry, chapped, or irritated skin or on open wounds.
Avoid using other topical products on the same area unless otherwise directed to do so by your doctor. They may interfere with the effects or absorption of sulfur topical.
Do not cover the area after applying sulfur topical, unless otherwise directed by your doctor. Doing so could cause too much medicine to be absorbed by your body and could be harmful.
Avoid using harsh, abrasive or irritating cleansers, perfumes or cosmetics on the area you are treating.
Sulfoam (sulfur topical) side effects
Serious side effects are not likely to occur. Stop using sulfur topical and seek emergency medical attention if you experience an allergic reaction (shortness of breath; closing of your throat; swelling of your lips, face, or tongue; or hives).
You may experience some burning, stinging, tingling, itching, redness, dryness, peeling, or irritation while you are using sulfur topical. If these side effects are excessive, apply sulfur topical less often.
Side effects other than those listed here may also occur. Talk to your doctor about any side effect that seems unusual or that is especially bothersome. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
See also: Side effects (in more detail)
What other drugs will affect Sulfoam (sulfur topical)?
Do not use other topical preparations unless directed to do so by your doctor. They may interfere with your treatment or increase irritation to your skin.
Avoid using harsh, abrasive or irritating cleansers, perfumes, or cosmetics on the area you are treating.
Drugs other than those listed here may also interact with sulfur topical. Talk to your doctor and pharmacist before taking any prescription or over the counter medicines.
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Where can I get more information?
- Your pharmacist has additional information about sulfur topical written for health professionals that you may read.
- 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.
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Date modified: May 03, 2017
Last reviewed: December 15, 2010