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Grafco Applicator

Generic Name: silver nitrate
Dosage Form: topical stick

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jan 22, 2020.

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INDICATIONS:  For cauterization of skin or mucous membrane and for removing warts and granulated tissue.

DIRECTIONS:  The healthcare professional moistens the applicator tip with distilled water and applies the silver nitrate to the affected area by holding, rubbing, or rotating the tip along the affected tissue.  The strength of the action is controlled by the dilution with distilled water.  One Grafco silver nitrate applicator is generally sufficient for each application. 

CONTRAINDICATIONS:  Silver salts stain tissue black due to depositon of reduced silver.  The stain gradually disappears within a period of two weeks.

WARNINGS:  KEEP OUT OF REACH OF CHILDREN.  The active ingredients are poisonous and may be fatal when ingested in sufficient doses.  The symptoms include toxic gastroenteritis, which may lead to coma, convulsion, paralysis and profound alteration of respiration.  If poisoning occurs, consult a physician.  In case of eye contact, hold eyes open and immediately flush thoroughly with water for a least 15 minutes and consult a physician.

PRECAUTION:  Silver nitrate is a caustic substance.  Wear appropriate personal protective equipment as needed.  Take care to confine the silver nitrate to the area being treated by using an appropriate physical or chemical barrier to prevent staining or burning of untreated tissue. 

Prolonged ingestion or absorption of silver compounds (organic or inorganic); whether originating industrially or therapeutically, leads to deposition of silver in connective tissues producing a slate-blue discoloration of the skin known as argyria.  This discoloration may also appear on mucous membranes such as the margins of gums.  The sclera of the eye is also stained.  The nature of the pigment is not definitely known, it may be metallic silver or oxide.  This discoloration exists throughout life but does not cause any systematic symptoms.  While small patches may be removed, this method is so tedous and painful as to be impractical for large areas. 


ACTION:  Silver nitrate is commonly employed as a caustic antiseptic and an astringent.  Potassium nitrate has been used as a topical antiseptic on mucous membranes.  The degree of action depends upon the concentration employed and the period of time during which the compound is allowed to act.  The silver nitrate is precipitated by chloride thus washing with a solution of sodium chloride can quickly neutralize the action of silver ions. 

STORAGE:  Store in the closed package at room temperature in a dry place protected from light.  Silver nitrate will turn black upon exposure to light, however this does not affect the product's potency or utility.  Store away from vaporous chemicals.   

DISPOSAL:  Expired applicators may be retuned for disposal to:  GF Health Products, Inc., 33 Plan Way, Bld. #2, Warwick, RI 02866, or disposed of according to applicable federal, state, and local regulations. 

silver nitrate stick
Product Information
Product Type HUMAN PRESCRIPTION DRUG LABEL Item Code (Source) NDC:12165-200
Route of Administration TOPICAL DEA Schedule     
Active Ingredient/Active Moiety
Ingredient Name Basis of Strength Strength
Inactive Ingredients
Ingredient Name Strength
# Item Code Package Description
1 NDC:12165-200-02 30 TUBE in 1 CASE
1 NDC:12165-200-03 100 STICK in 1 TUBE
Marketing Information
Marketing Category Application Number or Monograph Citation Marketing Start Date Marketing End Date
unapproved drug other 04/19/1949
Labeler - GF Health Products, Inc. (132016168)
Registrant - GF Health Products, Inc. (798817599)
Name Address ID/FEI Operations
GF Health Products, Inc. 798817599 manufacture(12165-200)
GF Health Products, Inc.