Silver sulfadiazine (On the skin)
Silver Sulfadiazine (SIL-ver sul-fa-DYE-a-zeen)
Treats skin infections in patients with severe burns.
SSD, Silvadene, Thermazene
There may be other brand names for this medicine.
When This Medicine Should Not Be Used
You should not use this medicine if you have ever had an allergic reaction to silver sulfadiazine. If you are allergic to sulfa drugs, check with your doctor before using silver sulfadiazine.
How to Use This Medicine
- Your doctor will tell you how much to use and how often.
- Use this medicine on the skin only. Do not put in or around the eyes.
- Wash your hands before and after using the cream.
- Before using the cream, clean off any dead skin or scabbing from the burn wound.
- Spread a very thin layer of the cream over the wound. You may then cover the wound with a bandage.
- Keep the wound area clean at all times.
If a dose is missed:
- If you forget to use the cream, put some on as soon as you remember.
- If the cream washes off during a bath or other activity, clean the wound again and put on more cream.
How to Store and Dispose of This Medicine
- Keep the tube of cream at room temperature, away from heat and light. Do not freeze.
- Keep all medicine out of the reach of children.
Drugs and Foods to Avoid
Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.
Warnings While Using This Medicine
- Check with your doctor before using this medicine if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, or have any medical problems.
- YOU SHOULD NOT USE THIS MEDICINE ON NEWBORN INFANTS.
- If your burn wounds do not heal or if they become worse, call your doctor.
Possible Side Effects While Using This Medicine
Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:
- Itchy, red, or swollen skin
If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:
- Skin discomfort when in sunlight
- Changes in skin color
If you notice other side effects that you think are caused by this medicine, tell your doctor
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088
- Last Reviewed on 06/12/2013
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This page was last updated: September 18, 2013