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Generic name: sulfacetamide sodium and sulfur topical [SUL-fa-SEET-a-mide-SOE-dee-um-and-SUL-fur-TOP-i-kal] 

Brand names: BP 10-Wash, Plexion, Sulfacleans 8/4, Sumadan, Sumaxin, and Suphera
The class of drug: topical antibiotics

What is Sumaxin?

Sumaxin (for the skin) is an antibiotic medicine utilized to manage acne, rosacea, and seborrheic dermatitis (a red, flaking, itchy rash). Sumaxin can also be employed for other purposes that are not covered in this guideline.

Side effects

Seek medical attention immediately in the event that you exhibit symptoms warning signs of an allergic response (hives, breathing problems, and swelling in your throat or face) or a severe skin reaction (fever, sore throat, burnt eyes, irritation, and a red or purple skin eruption with peeling and blistering).

Stop taking Sumaxin and consult all of your doctors immediately if you notice the appearance of a new or worsening rash on your skin.

Common negative side effects of sumaxin include:

  • Redness, 

  • Warmth, 

  • Swelling, 

  • Itching, 

  • Burning, 

  • Stinging, or 

  • Irritation on the treated skin

This is not a comprehensive list of all the side effects. Other effects may also be present. Contact your physician to seek medical advice on adverse effects. You can report symptoms to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.


Only use according to the directions. Inform your doctor if you are taking other medicines or suffer from any other medical condition or allergies.

Before taking this medication

You shouldn't take Sumaxin if you are allergic to sulfa medications or suffer from kidney disease. To ensure that Sumaxin is safe for you, inform your doctor about all your medical issues. Inform your doctor if you are nursing or pregnant. Avoid giving this medication to an infant without medical guidance.

How to take sumaxin?

Follow the directions on the prescription label and go through all medication guides or instruction sheets. Follow the medication exactly as prescribed. The dosage you require could change when you switch to a different strength, brand, or type of medication. Make sure you are using only the medication your doctor recommends. Cleanse your hands before and after applying this medication. Don't cover your skin in the area unless your physician has instructed you to. Keep at room temperature, free of heat and moisture. Avoid freezing.

What happens If I miss a dose?

Take the medication as quickly as you are able, but take a break from your missed dose if it's close to the time for the next dose. Do not take two doses at once.

What happens if I overdose?

Get medical attention in an emergency or contact the poison help line at 1-800-222-1222.

What should be avoided?

Be careful not to get this medication into your nose, eyes, or mouth. If it does happen, wash with water. Don't use it on windburned or sunburned skin. chapped, dry, inflamed, or broken skin. Don't use any other medication for the same areas that were treated with Sumaxin unless your physician tells you to.

Interaction with other drugs

The skin-care products you take are unlikely to have an effect on any other medications you take; however, many drugs may interact. Discuss with your doctor the medicines you are currently taking, such as prescription and over-the-counter drugs, vitamins, and herbal remedies.