Sumadan 9 %-4.5 % topical cleanser

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Medication name

Generic name:
Sulfacetamide/sulfur cleanser - topical

Pronunciation
(sull-fuh-SEET-uh-mide/SULL-fur)

Brand name(s)
Avar , Plexion , Rosanil Cleanser , Rosula

Uses

This medication is used as a cleansing product to help treat acne and other skin conditions (such as seborrheic dermatitis, rosacea). This product contains an antibacterial agent and a drying agent which promotes shedding of the top layer of skin (keratolysis).

How to use

This medication is for use on the skin only. Clean off make-up, oil and excess dirt from your face with a gentle cleanser before using this product. Wet the affected areas of skin before washing with this medication.

If your liquid form is a suspension, shake the bottle well before each use.

If you are using the liquid cleanser product, apply a generous layer of medication as directed by your doctor, usually once or twice daily. Gently massage it into the affected skin for 10 to 20 seconds until a full lather forms. Rinse thoroughly and pat dry.

If you are using the cleansing cloth product, wash the affected areas with a cleansing cloth as directed by your doctor, usually once or twice daily. First wet your face with water. Then wet the cloth with a little water and work into a full lather. Cleanse your face with the cloth for 10-20 seconds. Do not get the lather into your eyes. Rinse thoroughly and pat dry.

If excessive drying occurs, you may need to rinse the cleanser off sooner or use it less often. Avoid getting any of this medication in the eyes, on the lips, or inside the nose or mouth. Consult your doctor or pharmacist for further details.

Tell your doctor if your condition does not improve or worsens.

Side effects

Redness, irritation or scaling of the skin may occur. If any of these effects last or get worse, tell your doctor promptly.

Remember that this medication has been prescribed because your doctor has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.

Tell your doctor right away if you have any serious side effects, including:

  • cracked skin
  • unusual weakness/tiredness
  • signs of liver problems (such as dark urine, yellowing eyes/skin)
  • other signs of infection (such as sore throat that doesn't go away, fever)
  • easy bruising/bleeding
  • aching/swollen joints

You may be at increased risk for side effects if this medication is used on raw or broken skin. Consult your doctor for details.

A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, get medical help right away if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including:

  • rash
  • itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat)
  • dizziness
  • trouble breathing

This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

In the US -

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or at www.fda.gov/medwatch.

In Canada - Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to Health Canada at 1-866-234-2345.

Precautions

Before using sulfacetamide with sulfur, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or to other products containing sulfa or sulfur; or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.

Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of:

  • kidney disease

Before having surgery, tell your doctor or dentist about all the products you use (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products).

During pregnancy, this medication should be used only when clearly needed. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.

Based on information of related drugs, this medication may pass into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breastfeeding.

Drug interactions

Drug interactions may change how your medications work or increase your risk for serious side effects. This document does not contain all possible drug interactions. Keep a list of all the products you use (including prescription/nonprescription drugs and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicines without your doctor's approval.

Some products that may interact with this drug are:

  • skin products containing silver (such as silver sulfadiazine)
Overdose

If someone has overdosed and has serious symptoms such as passing out or trouble breathing, call 911. Otherwise, call a poison control center right away. US residents can call their local poison control center at 1-800-222-1222. Canada residents can call a provincial poison control center. This medicine may be harmful if swallowed.

Notes

Do not share this medication with others.

Missed dose

If you miss a dose, use it as soon as you remember. If it is near the time of the next dose, skip the missed dose. Use your next dose at the regular time. Do not double the dose to catch up.

Storage

Store at room temperature. Keep all medications away from children and pets.

Do not flush medications down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. Properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist or local waste disposal company.

Important note

HOW TO USE THIS INFORMATION: This is a summary and does NOT have all possible information about this product. This information does not assure that this product is safe, effective, or appropriate for you. This information is not individual medical advice and does not substitute for the advice of your health care professional. Always ask your health care professional for complete information about this product and your specific health needs.

Information last revised October 2023.

Selected from NATIONAL DRUG DATA FILE (NDDF) data included with permission and copyrighted by First Databank, Inc., 2019. This copyrighted material has been downloaded from a licensed data provider.

The above information is intended to supplement, not substitute for, the expertise and judgment of your health care professional. You should consult your health care professional before taking any drug, changing your diet, or commencing or discontinuing any course of treatment.