Sulfamylon Cream

Generic Name: Mafenide

  • What is Sulfamylon Cream?

    Sulfamylon Cream is a topical cream (applied directly on the skin) that is used to treat second- and third-degree burns.

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

    Sulfamylon Cream is for external use only.

    Sulfamylon Cream can cause hemolytic anemia (a blood disorder in which red blood cells are destroyed) with a certain blood clotting disorder, especially in people with glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase (G6PD) deficiency (lack of an enzyme responsible for the breakdown of red blood cells). Tell your doctor if you have G6PD deficiency.

    Sulfamylon Cream contains sodium metabisulfite, a sulfite that can cause allergic-type reactions or breathing problems. Your risk can increase if you have asthma. Tell your doctor immediately if you experience rash, itching, or facial swelling.

    If you have lung or kidney impairment, you are at a higher risk of developing an abnormality of the normal balance of acids and bases in your body if you use Sulfamylon Cream. Your doctor will monitor you for this imbalance. Tell your doctor if you experience abnormally rapid breathing.

  • Who should not take Sulfamylon Cream?

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

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

    Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Sulfamylon Cream. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you have asthma, lung or kidney problems, or G6PD deficiency.

  • 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.

    Adults and children: Apply the cream to the affected area(s) 1-2 times a day or reapply the cream to cover burned areas at all times.

  • How should I take Sulfamylon Cream?

    Apply Sulfamylon Cream exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Clean and debride your burn wound, then apply the cream with a sterile gloved hand. The cream should cover your burn wound at all times. Therefore, when it is necessary, reapply the cream to any of the areas from which it has been removed. If dressings are necessary, only use a thin layer of dressings to cover your wound.

  • What should I avoid while taking Sulfamylon Cream?

    Do not ingest Sulfamylon Cream by mouth. Accidental ingestion of Sulfamylon Cream can cause diarrhea.

  • What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Sulfamylon Cream?

    No significant interactions have been reported with Sulfamylon Cream at this time. However, always tell your doctor about any medicines you take, including over-the-counter medications, vitamins, and herbal supplements.

  • What are the possible side effects of Sulfamylon Cream?

    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: bleeding, blisters, blood problems, breathing difficulties, burning sensation, facial swelling, itching, pain on application, rash, redness, tearing or wearing of skin

  • Can I receive Sulfamylon Cream if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

    The effects of Sulfamylon Cream 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 Sulfamylon Cream?

    Sulfamylon Cream should be given under special circumstances determined by your doctor.

  • How should I store Sulfamylon Cream?

    Store at room temperature and away from excessive heat.