Silver Sulfadiazine

The information and instructions on the following pages should not replace those given to you by your doctor.

Silver Sulfadiazine is an antibacterial and antifungal cream used to treat 2nd or 3rd degree burns.

Do not use when

  • Your child has a known allergy to one of the ingredients
  • Your child is less than a few months old and was premature
  • Your child has an enzyme G6PD deficiency and/or liver or kidney dysfunction
  • You are pregnant or nursing

Consult your doctor when

  • Your child is taking other medication
  • Your child has known allergies to food and/or drugs

Storing the Medication
Keep the medication in a cool, dark place and out of reach of children. Do not use past the expiration date.

Administering the Medication
Administer the medication as instructed by your physician. Do not use more than the recommended dose. Do not swallow. The cream should be rubbed into the affected areas after the area has been cleaned and only with clean hands. The affected area should be covered with cream at all times (3 – 5 mm thick)

What should I do if I forget to put on the cream on time?
Put it on as soon as you remember.

When can I end treatment?
Cream should be used until the burn is ready for grafting. Finish the round as instructed by your physician. Do not give more than the instructed dose.

Side Effects
Side effects include rashes or a burning sensation.

Call your doctor when

  • Your child's condition worsens
  • Your child experiences side effects such as hypersensitivity to sun rays, rashes or local inflammations
  • The silver sulfadiazine becomes absorbed into the blood stream – if that happens side effects include fever, throat aches, tiredness, weakness

Monitoring includes blood tests, urine tests and kidney tests.