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Sulfacetamide Sodium and Prednisolone

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Notes
Related terms
Uses
Dosing
Safety
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Notes

    Related terms
    • U.S. Brand Names: Blephamide®
    • Canadian Brand Names: AK Cide Oph;Blephamide®;Dioptimyd®
    • Mexican Brand Names: Blefamide SF;Blefamide SOP;Metimyd
    • Pharmacologic Category: Antibiotic/Corticosteroid, Ophthalmic

    Uses
    • It is used to stop or treat eye infections.
    • Sulfacetamide works to harm the bacteria and fight the infection.
    • Prednisolone lowers or stops the body's reaction to the allergen.
    • It stops or lowers irritation and swelling.

    Dosing

    How to take

    • All products:
    • To gain the most benefit, do not miss doses.
    • Use as you have been told, even if you are feeling better.
    • Wash your hands before and after use.
    • Eye solution, suspension:
    • For the eye only.
    • Shake suspension well before use.
    • Take out contact lenses before using this drug. Lenses can be put back in 15 minutes after this drug is given. Do not put contacts back in if your eyes are irritated or infected.
    • Do not touch the container tip to the eye, lid, or other skin.
    • Tilt your head back and drop drug into the eye.
    • After use, keep your eyes closed. Put pressure on the inside corner of the eye. Do this for 3 to 5 minutes. This keeps the drug in your eye.
    • Space each eye drug by 5 minutes.
    • Eye ointment:
    • For the eye only.
    • Take out contact lenses before using this drug. Lenses can be put back in 15 minutes after this drug is given. Do not put contacts back in if your eyes are irritated or infected.
    • Do not touch the container tip to the eye, lid, or other skin.
    • Tilt your head back and to the side of affected eye.
    • Gently pull down the lower lid and squeeze in how much the doctor told you to use.
    • Release the lower eyelid and keep eyes closed for 1 to 2 minutes.
    • Space each eye drug by 10 minutes.

    Missed Dose

    • Use a missed dose as soon as you think about it.
    • If it is close to the time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your normal time.
    • Do not use two doses or extra doses.

    Storage

    • Store at room temperature.

    Safety



    Avoid

    • If you have an allergy to sulfacetamide sodium, prednisolone, or any other part of this drug.
    • Tell your doctor if you are allergic to any drugs. Make sure to tell about the allergy and what signs you had. This includes telling about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.
    • If you have a sulfa (sulfonamide) allergy, talk with your doctor.

    Precautions

    • Check all drugs you are taking with your doctor. This drug may not mix well with some other drugs.
    • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant.
    • Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding.

    Side Effects

    • Eye irritation.
    • Blurred eyesight. Use care when driving or doing other tasks that call for clear eyesight.
    • Bright lights may bother you. Use sunglasses.

    Monitoring

    • Change in the health problem being treated. Is it better, worse, or about the same?
    • Follow up with the doctor.

    Contact a healthcare provider

    • If you think there was an overdose, call your local poison control center or ER right away.
    • Signs of a very bad reaction to the drug. These include wheezing; chest tightness; fever; itching; bad cough; blue skin color; seizures; or swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat.
    • Sudden change in eyesight, eye pain, or irritation.
    • Any rash.
    • Health problem is not better or you are feeling worse.

    General Statements

    • If you have a very bad allergy, wear an allergy ID at all times.
    • Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else's drugs.
    • Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
    • Most drugs can be thrown away in household trash after mixing with coffee grounds or kitty litter and sealing in a plastic bag.
    • In Canada, take any unused drugs to the pharmacy. Also, visit http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/hl-vs/iyh-vsv/med/disposal-defaire-eng.php#th to learn about the right way to get rid of unused drugs.
    • Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
    • Call your doctor for help with any side effects. You may also call the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or Health Canada's Vigilance Program at 1-866-234-2345.
    • Talk with the doctor before starting any new drug, including OTC, natural products, or vitamins.

    Author information
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    The information in this monograph is intended for informational purposes only, and is meant to help users better understand health concerns. Information is based on review of scientific research data, historical practice patterns, and clinical experience. This information should not be interpreted as specific medical advice. Users should consult with a qualified healthcare provider for specific questions regarding therapies, diagnosis and/or health conditions, prior to making therapeutic decisions.

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