Sodium Sulamyd

Generic name: Sulfacetamide sodium.

Other brand names: AK-Sulf Forte, AK-Sulf Ointment, Bleph-10, Cetamide, Isopto Cetamide, Sodium Sulamyd 10%, Sodium Sulamyd 30%, Sulamyd, Sulf-10, Sulfair 15, Sulten-10.

Sodium Sulamyd is a sulfa antibiotic. It inhibits the growth of bacteria by affecting the biochemicals or nutrients necessary for bacteria to sustain life.

Quick Facts About Sodium Sulamyd


Used to treat eye inflammations, corneal ulcer, and other eye infections. Used with oral sulfa medications to treat trachoma.

Sodium Sulamyd Dosage

Use exactly as prescribed, comes in eyedrop and ointment form. Doctor may advise using both forms at the same time.

  • Usual adult dose: ophthalmic solution 30% — For inflamed eyes or corneal ulcer — 1 drop inside lower eyelid every 2 hours. For trachoma — 2 drops every 2 hours. Ophthalmic solution 10% — 1 or 2 drops inside lower eyelid every 2 or 3 hours during the day and less at night. Ophthalmic ointment 10% — apply small amount 4 times per day and at bedtime.
  • Usual child dose: follow doctor’s instructions carefully.
  • Missed dose: apply as soon as possible, unless almost time for next dose. In that case, do not apply missed dose; go back to regular schedule.

PILL Side Effects

Overdose symptoms:

no specific information available. If you suspect an overdose, immediately seek medical attention.

Most common side effect: eye irritation causing stinging and burning. If prolonged irritation, doctor may discontinue.

Rare Sodium Sulamyd side effect: severe blistering skin rash.


Avoid using medications containing silver.

No known food/other substance interactions.

Special Cautions

If pregnant or planning to become pregnant, inform your doctor immediately. Not known if Sodium Sulamyd appears in breast milk.

No special precautions apply to seniors.

Follow doctor’s instructions carefully for children.

  • Do not use if sensitive to or allergic to this or other sulfa medications. If you have taiken other sulfa medications in the past, may have developed a hidden allergy to sulfa drugs. Monitor for symptoms such as rash, itching, or other allergy signs. If you develop allergy, stop taking medication and contact your doctor.
  • May develop fungus infection not treatable with this medication. Inform your doctor if you have a pus-producing eye infection.
  • Eye ointment may delay healing of cornea.

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