Medications and Drugs
Brand Names: Silvadene, SSD, SSD AF, Thermazene
Generic Name: silver sulfadiazine topical (Pronunciation: SIL ver SUL fa DYE a zeen TOP ik al)
What is silver sulfadiazine topical (Silvadene, SSD, SSD AF, Thermazene)?
Silver sulfadiazine is an antibiotic. It fights bacteria and fungus on the skin.
Silver sulfadiazine topical (for the skin) is used to treat or prevent infections on areas of burned skin.
Silver sulfadiazine topical may also be used for purposes other than those listed in this medication guide.
What are the possible side effects of silver sulfadiazine topical (Silvadene, SSD, SSD AF, Thermazene)?
Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Call your doctor at once if you have a serious side effect such as:
Less serious side effects may include:
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
What is the most important information I should know about silver sulfadiazine topical (Silvadene, SSD, SSD AF, Thermazene)?
You should not use this medication if you are allergic to silver sulfadiazine or another sulfa medication.
Before using this medication, tell your doctor if you have liver disease, kidney disease, or an enzyme deficiency called glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase deficiency (G6PD).
The person applying this medication to burn wounds should wear sterile disposable gloves. Take care to keep the treatment area as clean as possible to prevent further infection.
Use this medication for the full prescribed length of time. Your symptoms may improve before the infection is completely cleared.
Avoid exposing treated skin areas to sunlight, sunlamps, or tanning beds. Silver sulfadiazine can make your skin more sensitive to sunlight, and a sunburn may result. Wear protective clothing when you are outdoors.
Call your doctor at once if you have a serious side effect such as fever, chills, flu symptoms, easy bruising or bleeding, unusual weakness, pale or yellowed skin, dark colored urine, ulcers on treated skin areas, swelling or weight gain, urinating less than usual, or a severe blistering or peeling red skin rash.
Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration
You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.
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