What is this medication for?
Silver sulfadiazine belongs to the class of medications called topical antibiotics. It is used to treat and prevent infection of skin wounds, especially in victims of serious burns. It may also be used in leg ulcers, skin grafts, surgical incisions, and minor cuts and scrapes. It is applied directly to the wounded area and works by killing the bacteria that may cause infection.
Your doctor may have suggested this medication for conditions other than those listed here. As well, some forms of this medication may not be used for all of the conditions discussed here. If you are not sure why you are using this medication, speak to your doctor. Do not stop using this medication without consulting your doctor.
Do not give this medication to anyone else, even if they have the same symptoms as you do. It can be harmful for people to use this medication if their doctor has not prescribed it.
What form(s) does this medication come in?
Silvadene® is available as:
Some medications may have other generic brands available. Always ask your doctor or pharmacist about the safety of switching between brands of the same medication.
How should I use this medication?
Burns: Clean burn wounds and apply silver sulfadiazine once to twice daily over all the affected areas to a depth of 3 mm to 5 mm.
Where necessary, re-apply the cream to any area from which it has been removed by activity.
It is not necessary to cover the area after applying silver sulfadiazine, but the area may be covered if needed, as recommended by your doctor.
Silver sulfadiazine cream is also used for treatment of leg ulcers. Ask your health care professional about the best way to apply the cream and care for the affected area.
Continue using the cream until the affected area has healed or as directed by your doctor.
Many things can affect the dose of medication that a person needs, such as body weight, other medical conditions, and other medications. If your doctor has recommended a dose different from the ones listed here, do not change the way that you are using the medication without consulting your doctor.
It is important to use this medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor.
Store this medication at room temperature, protect it from light and moisture, and keep it out of the reach of children.
Who should NOT take this medication?
Do not use this medication if you:
- are allergic to silver sulfadiazine or any ingredients of the medication
- are pregnant and are near or at full term
Do not give this medication to premature infants or newborns in their first 2 months of life.