What should I know before taking this drug
Additional information if any
Silverine (Bal Pharma)
Sulfadiazine is a prescription drug available from your pharmacy store only with the prescription of a qualified medical practitioner.
What is sulfadiazine?
Sulfadiazine is an anti infective / antibacterial drug belonging to sulphonamide group of antibiotics.
Common uses of sulfadiazine
Sulfadiazine is used for the treatment and prevention of infections in severe burns, bacterial or fungal conjunctivitis, keratitis and other eye infections.
How to use sulfadiazine
Take Sulfadiazine exactly as prescribed by your doctor. If you do not understand these instructions, ask your pharmacist, nurse, or doctor to explain them to you.
Take oral dose of Sulfadiazine with meals with one glass of water at regular intervals as prescribed by your doctor. Take lots of oral fluids when on this medication.
Apply the topical cream on the affected area as directed by your doctor.
Do not skip any doses. Continue to take it even when you feel better.
You must complete the entire course of medication to get maximum benefit; else the infection will not clear completely and in due course result in development of resistance.
- Do not use Sulfadiazine if you are allergic to sulpha drugs like glipizide, hydrochlorothiazide, and sulfamethoxazole.
- Always remember to inform your health expert if you are currently taking any OTC or prescription drugs like
- Warfarin( blood thinning drug)
- Cyclosporine(immunosuppressive drug)
- Oral hypoglycaemic drugs esp. sulfonylurea’s
- Diuretics( furosemide)
- Anti convulsants (phenytoin)
- Inform your doctor if you have following medical conditions as Sulfadiazine should be used cautiously in the below mentioned conditions
- Anaemia due to folate deficiency
- Kidney or liver disease
- Glucose 6 phosphate dehydrogenase(G6PD) deficiency
When not to take sulfadiazine
Do not use sulfadiazine if you are hypersensitive to sulphonamide group of antibiotics. Breast feeding woman should not use if she is breast feeding infant less than 2 months of age.
Old people: Sulfadiazine medication should be used cautiously in older people as the risk of side effects is increased in them
Pregnant woman: Sulfadiazine belongs to FDA pregnancy category C. This means that sulfadiazine may harm an unborn baby if used during pregnancy but potential benefit may warrant use of the drug in pregnant woman despite potential risks. Always inform your doctor if you are pregnant or are planning for conception.
Lactating women: It is not known whether sulfadiazine passes into breast milk or if it could harm the baby. Do not take sulfadiazine with out first talking to doctor if you are breast feeding a baby.
Doses for sulfadiazine
Use as directed by your physician, your physician prescribes depending on the severity of disease.
Use the complete course of medication as prescribed by your physician even though you feel better after one or two days of usage of medication.
For detailed dosage information, consult your doctor who will prescribe you depending on the severity of the disease.
- Increased sensitivity to light
- Allergic reaction like swollen lips, hives, difficulty in breathing, rashes. Peeling of skin etc)
- Jaundice (yellowing of skin and eyes)
- Extreme fatigue, paleness
- Easy bruising or bleeding
How do I store sulfadiazine?
Store sulfadiazine at room temp (15 – 30 degrees C). Avoid excessive heat, moisture or direct sunlight, never store in the bathroom.
Keep it out of reach of children. Make sure that any leftover portion is disposed off safely.
Antibiotics may cause diarrhoea. Consult your doctor immediately if it is very severe as it could be a sign of new infection or pseudomembranous colitis.
Your doctor may advise you to undergo certain lab test like complete cell count and renal function test periodically when Sulfadiazine is prescribed for long duration.
If you are diabetic taking this medication keep a close watch on your sugar levels as it may cause both hyper or hypoglycaemia.
It is imp to read manufacturing packaging instruction carefully if available and always do not hesitate to consult pharmacist or physician for any information.
Written by: Healthplus24 team