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Sulfacetamide sodium and Urea 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.





Sulfacetamide topical scalp lotion is used to treat certain skin conditions of the top area of the head (scalp). These conditions include skin infections and/or scaly skin problems such as seborrhea dermatitis or dandruff.

How To Use

Before using this medication, clean/shampoo your hair, scalp, and surrounding affected areas of skin with a non- irritating soap/shampoo product. Apply this medication to the affected areas of the scalp and surrounding skin usually once or twice daily, or use as directed by your doctor. To apply this medication correctly, part the hair and apply a small amount of lotion directly to the scalp; do this in several areas of the scalp. Gently rub the lotion into the scalp using your fingertips until the entire affected area is moistened with the lotion. After applying the medication, brush your hair for 2 to 3 minutes to remove any excess medication. If any of the information is unclear, consult your pharmacist. If this product is prescribed once daily, it is recommended to apply this medication at bedtime and left on overnight. As your condition improves, your doctor may instruct you to use this medication less frequently (e.g., once or twice weekly). Use this medication exactly as instructed by your doctor.

Side Effects

No side effects are expected to occur. If side effects occur, notify your doctor promptly. Tell your doctor immediately if any of these highly unlikely but very serious side effects occur: rash on the palm of the hands or bottoms of the feet. If you notice any of the following unlikely but very serious side effects, stop using this drug and consult your doctor or pharmacist immediately: joint pain (not present before using this drug), fever, sores in the mouth. An allergic reaction to this drug is unlikely, but seek immediate medical attention if it occurs. 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.


Tell your doctor your medical history, especially of: other skin problems (e.g., open skin such as burns, wounds, sores or infections), any allergies (especially to sulfa drugs). This medication should be used only when clearly needed during pregnancy. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor. It is not known whether this drug passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.

Drug Interactions

Tell your doctor of all prescription and nonprescription medication you may use, especially: topical products containing silver (e.g., silver nitrate), oral sulfa antibiotics. Do not start or stop any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval.


If overdose is suspected, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately. This medicine may be harmful if swallowed. Symptoms of overdose may include: nausea, vomiting, red-colored urine, decrease in amount of urine.


Do not share this medication with others. This product may appear to darken in color over time. This change in color does not affect this medication and is harmless. This product may also cause a slight yellowish discoloration of white clothing if it comes in contact with the clothing. This effect on clothing is easily cleaned by normal laundering without bleaches.

Missed Dose

If you miss a dose, use it as soon as you remember. If it is near the time of the next dose, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule. Do not double the dose to catch up.


Store at room temperature between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 to 30 degrees C). Do not freeze.