sulfacetamide sodium topical (cont.)
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What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before using sulfacetamide sodium topical?
You should not use this medication if you are allergic to sulfacetamide sodium or sulfa drugs.
To make sure you can safely use sulfacetamide sodium topical, tell your doctor if you have asthma or a sulfite allergy.
FDA pregnancy category C. It is not known whether sulfacetamide sodium topical will harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant while using this medication.
It is not known whether sulfacetamide sodium topical passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Do not use this medication without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.
Do not use this medication on a child younger than 12 years old.
How should I use sulfacetamide sodium topical?
Use exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not use in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended. Follow the directions on your prescription label.
Make sure the treatment area is clean and dry before using sulfacetamide sodium topical cream, gel, lotion, or solution. Apply the medication in a thin layer and rub in gently.
You may need to shake the medication before each use. Follow the directions on your medicine label.
To use sulfacetamide sodium soap, wet the skin and apply enough of the medication to work into a lather. Massage the lather on the skin gently and then rinse thoroughly with plain water. Pat the skin dry with a clean towel.
Do not apply sulfacetamide sodium topical over large skin areas.
Wash your hands after applying this medication.
If you are using this medication on your scalp, wash your hair with a non-medicated shampoo at least once per week during treatment.
Sulfacetamide sodium topical is usually applied 2 times per day for 8 to 10 days. Space your doses evenly by applying the medication at the same times each day.
You may need to keep using the medication once or twice per week, or once every other week. Follow your doctor's instructions. Call your doctor if your condition comes back after you stop using sulfacetamide sodium topical.
Stop using this medication and call your doctor if your symptoms do not improve or if they get worse during treatment.
Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat. Do not freeze.
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