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Mafenide

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Uses
Dosing
Safety
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Notes

    Related terms
    • Brand Names: U.S.: Sulfamylon®

    Uses
    • It is used to treat burns.
    • Mafenide works to harm the bacteria and fight the infection.

    Dosing

    How to take

    • Do not take this drug by mouth. Use on your skin only. Keep out of your mouth, nose, and eyes (may burn).
    • Cream:
    • Clean every day.
    • Wear special gloves while putting this drug on.
    • Put a thin layer on the affected skin and rub in gently.
    • Put on as you have been told, 1 or 2 times a day.
    • Always keep the burned part covered with cream.
    • The treated part may be covered with a dressing.
    • Powder:
    • Mix powder with sterile water or sodium chloride until it melts.
    • Put liquid on the gauze covering the burn.
    • Put liquid on every 4 to 8 hours or as you have been told by your doctor to keep the gauze wet.

    Missed Dose

    • Put on a missed dose as soon as you think about it.
    • If it is close to the time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your normal time.

    Storage

    • Store powder packets and cream at room temperature.
    • Liquid:
    • Store liquid in a closed container.
    • Throw away any part of the opened liquid container not used after 48 hours.
    • Throw away any part of the unopened liquid container not used after 28 days.

    Safety



    Avoid

    • If you have an allergy to mafenide or any other part of this drug.
    • Tell your doctor if you are allergic to any drugs. Make sure to tell about the allergy and what signs you had. This includes telling about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.

    Precautions

    • Be careful if you have G6PD deficiency. Anemia may happen.
    • If you have kidney disease, talk with your doctor.
    • If you have lung disease, talk with your doctor.
    • Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
    • Check all drugs you are taking with your doctor. This drug may not mix well with some other drugs.
    • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant.
    • Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding.

    Side Effects

    • Itching.
    • Short-term pain after use.
    • Anemia may rarely happen.
    • Fungal infection (rarely).

    Contact a healthcare provider

    • If you think there was an overdose, call your local poison control center or ER right away.
    • Signs of a very bad reaction to the drug. These include wheezing; chest tightness; fever; itching; bad cough; blue or gray skin color; seizures; or swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat.
    • Trouble breathing.
    • Any bruising or bleeding.
    • Very bad skin irritation.
    • Signs of infection. These include a fever of 100.5°F (38°C) or higher, chills, very bad sore throat, ear or sinus pain, cough, more sputum or change in color of sputum, pain with passing urine, mouth sores, wound that will not heal, or anal itching or pain.
    • Any rash.
    • Side effect or health problem is not better or you are feeling worse.

    General Statements

    • If you have a very bad allergy, wear an allergy ID at all times.
    • Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else's drugs.
    • Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
    • Most drugs may be thrown away in household trash after mixing with coffee grounds or kitty litter and sealing in a plastic bag.
    • In Canada, take any unused drugs to the pharmacy. Also, visit http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/hl-vs/iyh-vsv/med/disposal-defaire-eng.php#th to learn about the right way to get rid of unused drugs.
    • Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
    • Call your doctor for help with any side effects. If in the U.S., you may also call the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or if in Canada, you may also call Health Canada's Vigilance Program at 1-866-234-2345.
    • Talk with the doctor before starting any new drug, including OTC, natural products, or vitamins.

    Author information
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