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Sulfacetamide ophthalmic

Generic name: sulfacetamide ophthalmic [SUL-fa-SEET-a-mide-off-THAL-mik]
Names of brands: Bleph-10Sulamyd, Isopto Cetamide, Cetamide Sodium Sulamyd and Sulf-10… display the 12 names
Dosage formats: ophthalmic ointment (10 percent) Ophthalmic solution (10 percent)
Class of drugs: ophthalmic anti-infectives

What is Sulfacetamide ophthalmic?

The sulfacetamide antibiotic is an antibiotic. Sulfacetamide ophthalmic (for use in the eye) is used to manage bacterial infections in the eyes. Sulfacetamide ophthalmic is not a treatment for the symptoms of a viral or fungal infection. Sulfacetamide is used for treating eye infections that are caused by bacteria. Sulfacetamide ophthalmic can be used for other purposes not covered in this medication guide.

Side effects of Sulfacetamide ophthalmic

Contact a medical professional immediately. If you are experiencing symptoms that indicate an allergic reaction,face, like hives, trouble breathing, and swelling of your lips, face and throat,Consult your doctor promptly if you are experiencing symptoms of a new or deteriorating eye infection. These symptoms includeredness, eye swelling, extreme discomfort, redness swelling, crusting, or drainage.While the risk of having adverse side effects can be minimal when using sulfacetamide in the eyes, adverse reactions could occur if the drug is absorbed into the bloodstream. Stop taking this medication and consult your physician immediately if you experience:

  • I am very angry, confused, and irritable.
  • Fast weight increase, mainly around your midsection and face;
  • Bleeding or bruising;
  • Pale skin, flu-like symptoms, or
  • Severe skin reaction—an extreme skin reaction. It can be accompanied by a fever, sore throat,face, swelling on your tongue or face, burning eyes, pain in the skin, and the appearance of a purple or red skin rash that spreads (especially on the face or the upper part of the body) and leads to blisters and peeling.

Common side effects can consist of moderate eye redness or irritation, like burning or stinging.

This is not a comprehensive list of possible side effects, and others could happen. Consult your physician to seek medical advice on the effects. You may report any adverse reactions to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.


Follow the directions on the label of your medication and the package. Be sure to inform your health care providers about your medical issues, allergies, and all medications you take.

Before taking this medication

It is not recommended to use sulfacetamide eye drops if you are sensitive to sulfacetamide. To ensure that sulfacetamide ophthalmic is safe for you, speak to your doctor if you have ever experienced a reaction due to an allergy to a sulfa-based drug. It isn't known if this medication could cause harm to a baby who is not yet born. Inform your doctor if you are expecting or planning to be pregnant. It is unclear if the ophthalmic sulfacetamide is absorbed into the breast milk or if it could cause harm to a nursing infant. Do not breastfeed while using this medication. Ophthalmics containing sulfacetamide should never be administered to a child less than 2 months old.

How to take Sulfacetamide ophthalmic?

Follow the directions on the prescription label. Do not take this medicine in greater or lesser amounts or for a longer time than the recommended time. Avoid using this medication when using contact lenses. Sulfacetamide ophthalmic can contain a preservative that can alter the colour of contact lenses. Make sure to wait at least 15 minutes following the use of this product before you put on contacts. Wash your hands after applying eye medications.

For use with this medication:

  • Adjust your head to tilt it back, and then pull the lower part of your eyelid, creating an eyelid pocket.
  • Drops for the eye: Hold the dropper over the eye with the tip in the downward direction. Take a look upward and away from the dropper, and squeeze one drop.  three minutesKeep your eyes closed for two or 3 minutes, with your head down without blinking or squinting. Make sure to gently press your finger on the inside of your eye for approximately one minute to stop the liquid from draining out of the tear duct.
  • Make sure you only use the number of drops that your doctor has advised. If you take several drops at once, you should wait approximately 5 minutes between the drops.
  • At least 10 minutes before applying the other drops for your eyes that your physician has recommended.
  • Eye ointment: Place the tube of ointment with the tip facing towards this pocket. Keep your eyes up at the sky and then away from its point. Inject a thin ribbon of ointment into the lower eyelid's pocket, avoiding touching the end of the tube with your eye. Make sure you blink your eyes lightly and close them for a couple of minutes.
  • Make use of a tissue to remove the excess ointment from your eyelashes.
  • After you have opened your eyes, you may experience blurred vision for a brief period. Avoid driving or doing anything else that requires you to clearly see.

Do not touch the tips of your eyedropper or tube of ointment. Don't place the tip directly on your eyes. A tube or dropper that is contaminated could cause an eye infection and cause severe vision problems.

Don't use drops for your eyes if the liquid is changing colours or contains particles. Contact your pharmacist to inquire about the latest medication. Storage at room temperature, free of heat and moisture. Avoid freezing. Make sure the tube or bottle is tightly sealed when not being used.

What happens If I miss a dose?

Take the missed dose when you remember. Avoid your missed dose if you are nearing the time for the next dose. Don't use any extra medication to make up for the missed dose.

What happens if I overdose?

Sulfacetamide Ophthalmic overdose is not likely to pose a risk. Get medical attention immediately or contact the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222 in the event that anyone has accidentally swallowed the drug.

What should be avoided?

Sulfacetamide can cause blurred vision and could affect your thinking or reaction. Be cautious when driving or doing any other activity that requires that you be conscious and in a position to clearly see. Do not use any other eye medication unless your doctor recommends it.

Interaction with other drugs

It is unlikely that other medications you consume in the form of injections or orally can affect the eye with sulfacetamide. However, many medications can interfere with each other. Inform your health care providers about the medications you are taking, which include prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal remedies.