GENERIC NAME: silver sulfadiazine
BRAND NAME: Silvadene, SSD, SSD AF, Thermazene
GENERIC AVAILABLE: Yes
- Silver sulfadiazine is applied to the skin to treat and prevent wound infections associated with second or third degree burns.
- Since silver sulfadiazine is applied to the surface of the skin, it rarely affects other areas of the body or causes long term side effects.
- Most of the side effects reported with use are short lived and limited to the areas being treated.
- Use of silver sulfadiazine may cause the treated area(s) to be more sensitive to sunlight (photosensitive or sun sensitive). To avoid sunburn, patients must take caution in protecting the affected area(s) from prolonged sun exposure.
- Other rare skin reactions reported with silver sulfadiazine use include
- Rarely, a drop in white blood cells has been reported with silver sulfadiazine therapy. Drop in white blood counts peak within 2-4 days of starting treatment and usually return to normal limits following 2-3 days of onset.
- Patients are advised to speak to their pharmacist or doctor for a complete list of side effects, including those caused by sulfonamides.
Quick GuideRingworm: Treatment, Pictures, Causes, and Symptoms
Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration
You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.
Need help identifying pills and medications?
Use the pill identifier tool on RxList.