Rosacea Treatment: Sulfacetamide (Ophthalmic)

Rosacea treatment may often be made up of antibiotic treatment, which may be applied topically or internally. Rosacea typically manifests on the skin, causing rashes, bumps and visible capillaries on the cheeks, but may also affect the eyes. Sulfacetamide (Ophthalmic) is used in patients that have red eyes as a consequence of rosacea.

Sulfacetamide (Ophthalmic)

Sulfacetamide (Ophthalmic) is an antibiotic that is used in patients that have rosacea and the symptoms include redness of the eyes or the condition known as pink eye. The solution should be applied in the form of eye drops, twice per day. The treatment should be continued until the condition is improved. The eye drops will reduce the irritation and the inflammation.

Sulfacetamide (Ophthalmic) may be purchased as Sulfair, Ophtacet or Sodium Sulfamyd. Typically, the eye drops may be used in conjunction with other oral antibiotics for rosacea, but a dermatologist should be consulted first. The eye drops that contain antibiotics won’t be effective in reducing the symptoms of rosacea that appear on the skin.

Sulfacetamide Side Effects

The eye drops used for rosacea may have a number of side effects including:

  • Blurred vision
  • Eye irritation, but only in rare cases and in patients that haven’t used antibiotic eye drops before
  • Ocular discharges (the treatment should be discontinued)

If there are side effects such as a burning sensation, the treatment should be stopped immediately.

The solution cannot be used in patients that are allergic to sulfonamide antibiotics. The eye drops should be used with caution in pregnant and lactating women.

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