Silver sulfadiazine is used with other treatments to help prevent and treat wound infections in patients with serious burns. Silver sulfadiazine works by stopping the growth of bacteria that may infect an open wound. Silver sulfadiazine belongs to a class of medicine known as sulfa antibiotics. Silver sulfadiazine must not be used on premature babies or on newborns during the first 2 months of life because of the risk of serious side effects.
Wash your hands before applying silver sulfadiazine.
Use your fingertips to apply a small amount of silver sulfadiazine in a thin layer, usually once daily at bedtime or as directed by the doctor.
Consult the label directions, the Patient Information Leaflet, or your pharmacist if you have any questions.
Use silver sulfadiazine on the skin only.
Do not apply to the lip area or inside the nose/mouth.
Do not apply to cut, scraped, sunburned, or eczema-affected skin.
Avoid getting silver sulfadiazine in your eyes.
If silver sulfadiazine gets into your eyes, flush with large amounts of water.
Wash your hands after using silver sulfadiazine to avoid accidentally getting it in your eyes.
Use silver sulfadiazine regularly to get the most benefit from it.
To help remember, use silver sulfadiazine at the same time.
Quantity is based on your medical condition and response to treatment.
Do not increase your quantity or take this product more often than directed.
It should be applied by professionals in the burn care setting.
Wear sterile gloves before application.
Burned areas should be covered all the time cream.
Thickness of the cream should be 1/16 inch.
This medicine is indicated in treatment of skin grafts on the donor site, wounds, burns, infected leg ulcers and pressure sores.
Pain, burning, itching and bluish discoloration of mucous membrane may occur. Rare but serious side effects include fever, chills, sore throat, unusual weakness, abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, dark urine, mental mood, kidney and liver problems etc.
Pregnant females should consult their doctors before using this medicine
This medicine is contraindicated in lactating females.
Its use has shown a risk of drowsiness; therefore avoid using it while driving.
Consult your doctor before using Silver sulfadiazine for a better analysis if you have liver disease.
Consult your doctor before using Silver sulfadiazine for a better analysis if you have kidney disease.
The use of alcohol should be limited or avoided while using silver sulfadiazine.
Patients who are allergic to silver sulfadiazine or any of its components should consult the doctor before taking it. If taking any vitamins, nutritional supplements, and herbal products are taken then consult the doctor before using silver sulfadiazine. If any sort of swelling is experienced, consult your doctor immediately. Using silver sulfadiazine, especially in high concentrations, might result in a severe rash.
This medicine is contraindicated in patients with porphyria (group of liver disorders), anemia (lack of healthy red blood cells), decreased blood platelets, low levels of white cells, liver problems, decreased kidney function etc.
What is silver sulfadiazine used for?
It is used to treat 2nd degree and 3rd degree burns.
How to store this medicine?
Please keep away from excessive light and moisture, and children. Please refer to the leaflet provided with the medicine for further storage guidance.
Will this medicine leave scars?
Silver Sulfadiazine works on wound infections only. Scar formation is dependent
on the severity of the burn. Use other substances to prevent or minimize scarring.
For further guidance, consult your healthcare provider.
Can I use anything else to prevent or minimize scaring?
Several creams are available that prevent or minimize scaring. Vaseline may prove
to be helpful in treating burns (after a healthcare professional has treated it).
Please consult your healthcare provider before use of any medicine.
Can I shower with an open wound?
Showering is preferred to bathing in-case of an open wound. Shower with
precaution taking extra care of the burnt area. Make sure not to apply any shower
gel, soap, shampoo, or any other irritant to the burnt area as it may worsen the
wound and cause pain. Consult your healthcare provider for further guidance.
How do I speed up the wound healing?
There are several ways to speed up wound healing such as applying an antibiotic,
cool compresses, honey, aloe Vera, limiting sun exposure, frequent washing with
lukewarm clean water, avoiding exposure of burnt area to irritants e.g. dust, etc.
What are the side effects of silver sulfadiazine?
Pain, itching, rash, temporary skin discolouration and destruction of red cells are some of the side effects caused by the use of silver sulfadiazine.
How to administer this medicine?
This medicine is mostly used topically. It is applied directly onto the affected skin. The dosage is dependent on the condition and its severity. Please consult your doctor before use.
Can you use too much silver sulfadiazine?
Overdose of silver sulfadiazine is not dangerous.
When should I stop using silver sulfadiazine?
It shouldn’t be stopped until your wound is properly healed or unless recommended by your doctor.
Dawaai's intention is to make sure that it's consumers get information that is accurate, reviewed by an expert and error-free. However, the information mentioned here should not be used as a replacement for the advice of a qualified physician. The information given here is for informational purposes only, which may not cover all possible precautions, side effects, contraindications or drug interactions. Consult your doctor and discuss your queries related to any medicine or disease.
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