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Generic name: Sulfacetamide sodium
Brand names: Bleph-10, Sodium Sulamyd

Why is Bleph-10 prescribed?

Sodium Sulamyd is used in the treatment of eye inflammations, corneal ulcer, and other eye infections. It may be used along with an oral sulfa drug to treat a serious eye infection called trachoma.

Most important fact about Bleph-10

Sodium Sulamyd is similar to oral sulfa drugs such as Bactrim, Gantanol, and Gantrisin. If you are allergic to any of these medications, you may also be allergic to Sodium Sulamyd. In addition, if you have taken one of these medications in the past, you may have developed a "hidden" allergy to sulfa drugs that might show up when you take Sodium Sulamyd. Be alert for a rash, itching, or other signs of allergy. If any of these symptoms develop, stop taking Sodium Sulamyd immediately and consult your doctor.

How should you use Bleph-10?

Sodium Sulamyd is available in eyedrop and ointment form. Use it exactly as prescribed. Your doctor may tell you to use both the eye drops and the ointment.

To apply Sodium Sulamyd, pull down your lower eyelid to form a pouch, then squeeze in the medication. To avoid contaminating the eye drops or the ointment, do not touch your eye with the dropper bottle or the tip of the tube. Keep the dropper bottle or tube poised slightly above your eye as you instill the drops or squeeze out the ointment.

--If you miss a dose...

Apply it as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the one you missed and go back to your regular schedule.

--Storage instructions...

Store at room temperature. Protect the ointment from excessive heat.

What side effects may occur?

Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, inform your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking Bleph-10.

Sodium Sulamyd may irritate your eye, causing stinging and burning. The irritation usually lasts only a short time. If it is very painful or lasts for a long time, you may have to stop using the medication.

In rare cases, people using Sodium Sulamyd have developed a severe blistering skin rash. Be alert for skin reactions. If a rash appears, stop using Sodium Sulamyd and call your doctor.

Why should Bleph-10 not be prescribed?

Do not use Sodium Sulamyd if you have ever had an allergic reaction to or are sensitive to Bleph-10 or any other sulfa drug.

Special warnings about Bleph-10

Stay in close touch with your doctor while using Sodium Sulamyd. In some cases, an eye ointment may actually delay healing of the cornea. If you have a pus-producing eye infection, the pus may inactivate Sodium Sulamyd. Since sulfa drugs do not kill fungi, it is possible to develop a fungus infection in your eye while using Sodium Sulamyd.

Possible food and drug interactions when taking Bleph-10

Sodium Sulamyd should not be used with medications containing silver. Check with your doctor if you are unsure of any medications you are taking.

Special information if you are pregnant or breastfeeding

If you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant, inform your doctor immediately. There is no information about the safety of Sodium Sulamyd during pregnancy.

It is not known whether Sodium Sulamyd appears in breast milk. If Sodium Sulamyd is essential to your health, it may be necessary to stop breastfeeding during treatment.

Recommended dosage

SODIUM SULAMYD OPHTHALMIC SOLUTION 30%

Inflamed Eyes or Corneal Ulcer

Place 1 drop inside the lower eyelid every 2 hours or less frequently; your doctor will determine the schedule according to the severity of the infection.

Trachoma (Contagious Inflammation)

Use 2 drops every 2 hours.

SODIUM SULAMYD OPHTHALMIC SOLUTION 10%

Place 1 or 2 drops inside the lower eyelid every 2 or 3 hours during the day, less often at night.

SODIUM SULAMYD OPHTHALMIC OINTMENT 10%

Apply a small amount of the ointment 4 times daily and at bedtime. The ointment may be used at the same time as either of the solutions.

Overdosage

Although no specific information is available on overdose with Sodium Sulamyd, any medication used in excess can have serious consequences. If you suspect you may have used too much Sodium Sulamyd, seek medical attention immediately.

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