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On-line Ocusulf-10

Brand Name(s): AK-Sulf, Bleph-10, Cetamide, Isopto Cetamide, Ocusulf-10, Sodium Sulamyd, Sulf-10

Generic Name Sulfacetamide Ophthalmic

What is sulfacetamide eye ointment or solution?

SULFACETAMIDE (Bleph-10®, Isopto Cetamide®, Sodium Sulamyd®) is a sulfonamide antibiotic. It prevents the growth of certain bacteria. Sulfacetamide treats conjunctivitis and superficial eye infections caused by these bacteria. Generic sulfacetamide eye ointment and solution are available.

What should my health care professional know before I use sulfacetamide?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:

  • eye injury
  • eye surgery
  • an unusual or allergic reaction to "sulfa drugs", furosemide or thiazide diuretics (water pills), or oral (by mouth) medicines for diabetes or glaucoma, foods, dyes, or preservatives
  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant
  • breast-feeding

How should I use this medicine?

Sulfacetamide eye ointment or solution is only for use in the eye. Do not take by mouth. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Wash hands before and after use. Tilt your head back slightly and pull your lower eyelid down with your index finger to form a pouch. Try not to touch the tip of the dropper, or tube, to your eye, fingertips, or any other surface. Squeeze the prescribed number of drops into the pouch: or, if using the ointment, squeeze the end of the tube to apply a thin layer of the ointment to the inside of the lower eyelid. Close the eye gently to spread the drops or ointment. Your vision may blur for a few minutes. Use your doses at regular intervals. Do not use your medicine more often than directed. Finish the full course prescribed by your prescriber or health care professional even if you think your condition is better.

Contact your pediatrician or health care professional regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.

What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, use it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, use only that dose. Do not use double or extra doses.

What drug(s) may interact with sulfacetamide?

Do not use any other eye products without telling your prescriber or health care professional. Check before starting or stopping any of your medicines or non-prescription products.

What side effects may I notice from using sulfacetamide?

Side effects that you should report to your prescriber or health care professional as soon as possible:

  • blurred vision that does not go away
  • burning, blistering, peeling, stinging, or itching of the eyes or eyelids, skin or mouth
  • eye redness, swelling, or pain

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your prescriber or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

  • blurred vision for a few moments after application

What should I watch for while taking sulfacetamide?

Tell your prescriber or health care professional if your symptoms do not improve in 2 to 3 days. A full course of treatment is usually 7 to 10 days.

If you get any sign of an allergic reaction, stop using your eye product and call your prescriber or health care professional for advice.

Be careful not to touch the tip of the dispensing container onto the eye, or any other surface. Serious eye infections can result from contamination of eye solutions.

If sulfacetamide makes your eyes are more sensitive to light wear sunglasses. Keep out of the sun, or wear protective clothing outdoors and use a sunscreen. Do not use sun lamps or sun tanning beds or booths.

Where can I keep my medicine?

Keep out of the reach of children.

Store at room temperature between 8 and 15 °C (46 and 59 °F). Do not freeze. Throw away any unused eye products after the expiration date.

(Note: The above information is not intended to replace the advice of your physician, pharmacist, or other healthcare professional. It is not meant to indicate that the use of the product is safe, appropriate, or effective for you.)

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