Sulfadiazine

How It Works:

Sulfadiazine belongs to class of medicines called sulfonamide antibiotic. It works by stopping the growth of infections causing bacteria or parasite.

Side Effects:

Nausea, numbness, vomiting, sleep problems or depressed mood., stomach pain, loss of appetite, ringing in your ears, diarrhea, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination, tingling, spinning sensation, or burning pain in your hands or feet, headache

Used For:

Sulfadiazine is used to treat various types of infections such as urinary tract infections, ear infections, meningitis (inflammation of meninges due to bacterial or viral infections), malarial infections and toxoplasmosis (a parasitic disease).

Instructions:

  • Complete the full course of sulfadiazine treatment to clear the infection and to prevent the development of bacterial resistance.
  • Consult your doctor immediately if you develop any infection as long term use of sulfadiazine is known to cause secondary infection.
  • Avoid exposure to sunlight as sulfadiazine may increase the sensitivity to the sun.
  • Take sulfadiazine with caution if you have diarrhea, sore throat, stomach or intestinal infection; or if you have a history of asthma, glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase (G6PD) deficiency or any other blood problems.
  • Take necessary precaution if you have diabetes as sulfadiazine may cause low blood sugar.
  • Do not drive or operate machinery as sulfadiazine may cause dizziness.
  • Do not consume alcohol along with sulfadiazine as it may worsen the side effects.

Frequently Ask Questions:

Q. Is sulfadiazine safe during pregnancy?Sulfadiazine should only be used if the potential benefits justify the potential risk to the baby. Please follow your doctor's advice regarding its use.
Q. Is it safe to use sulfadiazine during breastfeeding?Sulfadiazine should be given only if the potential benefit justifies the potential risk to the infant. Please follow your doctor's advice regarding its use.
Q. Is sulfadiazine an antibiotic? Does sulfadiazine contain sulfa?Sulfadiazine belongs to class of medicines called sulfonamide antibiotic. It contains sulfa.
Q. Is sulfadiazine the same as sulfasalazine?No. Sulfadiazine is different from sulfasalazine.
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