Blephamide

Generic Name: Sulfacetamide

  • What is Blephamide?

    Blephamide ointment and Blephamide suspension are medicines used to treat or prevent eye infections with certain inflammatory eye conditions.

  • What is the most important information I should know about Blephamide?

    Prolonged use of Blephamide may lead to glaucoma (high pressure in the eye), visual disturbances, cataracts, inflammation of the eye, and new eye infections.

    Your doctor will monitor the pressure in your eyes if you use Blephamide for 10 days or longer.

    You can experience allergic reactions to Blephamide. If an allergic reaction or other serious reaction (such as a severe skin rash) occurs, stop using Blephamide and contact your doctor immediately.

    Stop using Blephamide and tell your doctor if you have pain or inflammation of the eye that lasts longer than 48 hours or worsens.

    Do not share Blephamide with other persons who may have similiar symptoms; the infection can spread if more than one person uses the bottle or tube.

  • Who should not take Blephamide?

    Do not use Blephamide if you have certain fungal or viral eye conditions or eye infections.

    Do not use Blephamide if you are allergic to it or any of its ingredients.

  • What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of Blephamide?

    Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Blephamide. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you have dry eyes, glaucoma, or a fungal or viral infection of the eyes.

  • What is the usual dosage?

    The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your doctor uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your doctor may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your doctor's approval.

    Blephamide Ointment

    Adults and children ≥6 years: Apply 1/2 inch of ointment to the lower eyelid 3-4 times a day and once or twice at night.

    Blephamide Suspension

    Adults and children ≥6 years: Apply 2 drops of suspension to the lower eyelid every 4 hours during the day and at bedtime.

  • How should I take Blephamide?

    Apply Blephamide as prescribed by your doctor.

    Shake Blephamide suspension well before use.

    Do not use Blephamide suspension, if the suspension has darkened.

  • What should I avoid while taking Blephamide?

    Do not touch the tip of the applicator or tube tip to the eyelids or any other surface.

    Do not wear contact lenses while you are using Blephamide suspension.

    Do not abruptly stop using Blephamide without consulting your doctor.

  • What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Blephamide?

    If Blephamide is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to check with your doctor before combining Blephamide with the following: certain anesthetics (such as lidocaine) and silver preparations (such as silver sulfadiazine).

  • What are the possible side effects of Blephamide?

    Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this drug.

    Side effects may include: allergic reactions, increased eye pressure, infection, irritation, visual disturbances

  • Can I receive Blephamide if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

    The effects of Blephamide during pregnancy and breastfeeding are unknown. Tell your doctor immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

  • What should I do if I miss a dose of Blephamide?

    If you miss a dose of Blephamide, apply it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the one you missed and return to your regular dosing schedule. Do not apply two doses at once.

  • How should I store Blephamide?

    Store the ointment at room temperature.

    Store the suspension at cool to room temperature. Protect the suspension from freezing and from light.