silver sulfadiazine - topical, Silvadene
GENERIC NAME: SILVER SULFADIAZINE - TOPICAL (SIL-ver SIL-fa-DYE-a-zeen)
BRAND NAME(S): Silvadene
USES: This medication is used with other treatments to help prevent and treat wound infections in patients with serious burns. Silver sulfadiazine works by stopping the growth of bacteria that may infect an open wound. This helps to decrease the risk of the bacteria spreading to surrounding skin, or to the blood where it can cause a serious blood infection (sepsis). Silver sulfadiazine belongs to a class of drugs known as sulfa antibiotics.Silver sulfadiazine must not be used on premature babies or on newborns during the first 2 months of life because of the risk of serious side effects.OTHER This section contains uses of this drug that are not listed in the approved professional labeling for the drug but that may be prescribed by your health care professional. Use this drug for a condition that is listed in this section only if it has been so prescribed by your health care professional.This drug may also be used to help prevent and treat other skin and wound infections (such as skin ulcers).
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 4/16/2014
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