sulfacetamide sodium ophthalmic (generic name)

AK-Sulf (brand name)

It is used to treat eye infections
(sul fa SEE ta mide)
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What is this medicine?

SULFACETAMIDE (sul fa SEE ta mide) is a sulfonamide antibiotic. It is used to treat eye infections.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
  • eye injury or eye surgery
  • an unusual or allergic reaction to sulfacetamide, sulfa drugs, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant
  • breast-feeding

How should I use this medicine?

This medicine is only for use in the eye. Do not take by mouth. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Wash hands before and after use. Tilt your head back slightly and pull your lower eyelid down with your index finger to form a pouch. Try not to touch the tip of the dropper to your eye, fingertips, or any other surface. Squeeze the prescribed number of drops into the pouch. Close the eye gently to spread the drops. Your vision may blur for a few minutes. Use your doses at regular intervals. Do not use your medicine more often than directed. Finish the full course prescribed by your doctor or health care professional even if you think your condition is better.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.

What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, use it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, use only that dose. Do not use double or extra doses.

What may interact with this medicine?

  • eye products that contain silver

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Tell your doctor or health care professional if your symptoms do not get better in 2 to 3 days. A full course of treatment is usually 7 to 10 days.

If you get any sign of an allergic reaction, stop using your eye product and call your doctor or health care professional.

Wear sunglasses if this medicine makes your eyes more sensitive to light. Keep out of the sun, or wear protective clothing outdoors and use a sunscreen. Do not use sun lamps or sun tanning beds or booths.

What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?

Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
  • blurred vision that does not go away
  • burning, blistering, peeling, stinging, or itching of the eyes or eyelids, skin or mouth
  • eye redness, swelling, or pain

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

  • blurred vision for a few moments after application

Where should I keep my medicine?

Keep out of the reach of children.

Store between 2 and 30 degrees C (36 and 86 degrees F). Do not freeze. Throw away any unused eye products after the expiration date.

Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.

Last Updated: August 21, 2009
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