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Silver sulfadiazine topical
SILVER SULFADIAZINE - TOPICAL

Important Note

The following information is intended to supplement, not substitute for, the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacist or other healthcare professional. It should not be construed to indicate that use of the drug is safe, appropriate, or effective for you. Consult your healthcare professional before using this drug.

SILVER SULFADIAZINE - TOPICAL

(SILL-ver sull-fuh-DYE-uh-zeen)

COMMON BRAND NAME(S): Silvadene

Uses

This medication is used to prevent and treat skin infections associated with burns.

How To Use

This medication is for topical use only. Clean and dry the affected area before applying the medication. Using a sterile glove, apply a thin film (1/16 inch) of the medication to the affected area and surrounding skin once or twice daily. Continue to use the medication as prescribed for the full time prescribed. Keep the affected area covered with the medication at all times. Do not cover with bandages unless instructed to do so by your doctor.

Side Effects

This medication may cause burning, stinging or redness when first applied to the skin. If any of these effects persist or worsen, inform your doctor. In the unlikely event you have an allergic reaction to this drug, seek immediate medical attention. Symptoms of an allergic reaction include: rash, itching, swelling, dizziness, trouble breathing. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

Precautions

Tell your doctor your medical history, especially: liver or kidney disease, blood disorders, any allergies. Do not apply this medication to infants less than two months of age. Before you use silver sulfadiazine, tell your doctor if you are pregnant. This drug should not be used near or at term. It is not known if this drug is excreted into breast milk. However, similar, systemically absorbed forms of this drug are excreted into breast milk and have been shown to have undesirable effects on a nursing infant. Consult your doctor before breast- feeding.

Drug Interactions

Tell your doctor of all prescription and nonprescription medications you may use, especially of other skin products.

Overdose

If overdose is suspected, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately. This medicine may be harmful if swallowed.

Notes

Do not allow anyone else to use this medication.

Missed Dose

Apply any missed dose as soon as possible but not if it is almost time for the next dose. If it is time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and resume your regular schedule. Do not double the dose to catch up.

Storage

Store at room temperature and in a tight container. Do not freeze.