Generic Name: Sulfur (Topical) Brand Name(s): Generics only. No brands available.

Uses

What is sulfur topical used for?

Sulfur topical is commonly used to treat many kinds of skin disorders. Sulfur cream, lotion, ointment, and bar soap are used to treat acne. Sulfur ointment is used to treat seborrheic dermatitis and scabies. Sulfur topical may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.

How should I take sulfur topical?

Use this medicine only as directed. Do not use it more often and do not use it for a longer period of time than recommended on the label, unless otherwise directed by your doctor.

Keep this medicine away from the eyes. If you should accidentally get some in your eyes, flush them thoroughly with water.

To use the cream or lotion form of this medicine:

  • Before applying the medicine, wash the affected areas with soap and water and dry thoroughly. Then apply enough medicine to cover the affected areas and rub in gently.

To use the ointment form of this medicine for seborrheic dermatitis:

  • Before applying the medicine, wash the affected areas with soap and water and dry thoroughly. Then apply enough medicine to cover the affected areas and rub in gently.

To use the ointment form of this medicine for scabies:

  • Before applying the medicine, wash your entire body with soap and water and dry thoroughly.
  • At bedtime, apply enough medicine to cover your entire body from the neck down and rub in gently. Leave the medicine on your body for 24 hours.
  • Before applying the medicine again, you may wash your entire body.
  • 24 hours after the last treatment with this medicine, it is important that you thoroughly wash your entire body again.

To use the soap form of this medicine:

  • Work up a rich lather with the soap, using warm water. Wash the affected areas and rinse thoroughly. Apply again, and rub in gently for a few minutes. Remove excess lather with a towel or tissue without rinsing.

How do I store sulfur topical?

Sulfur topical is best stored at room temperature away from direct light and moisture. To prevent drug damage, you should not store sulfur topical in the bathroom or the freezer. There may be different brands of sulfur topical that may have different storage needs. It is important to always check the product package for instructions on storage, or ask your pharmacist. For safety, you should keep all medicines away from children and pets.

You should not flush sulfur topical down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. It is important to properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist for more details about how to safely discard your product.

Precautions & warnings

What should I know before using sulfur topical?

When using sulfur topical, do not use any of the following preparations on the same affected area as this medicine, unless otherwise directed by your doctor:

  • Abrasive soaps or cleansers
  • Alcohol-containing preparations
  • Any other topical acne preparation or preparation containing a peeling agent (e.g., benzoyl peroxide, resorcinol, salicylic acid, or tretinoin)
  • Cosmetics or soaps that dry the skin
  • Medicated cosmetics
  • Other topical medicine for the skin

Using any of the above preparations on the same affected area as sulfur topical may cause severe irritation of the skin.

Do not use any topical mercury-containing preparation, such as ammoniated mercury ointment, on the same area as this medicine. This is because it may cause a foul odor, may be irritating to the skin, and may stain the skin black. If you have any questions about this, check with your health care professional.

Is it safe during pregnancy or breastfeeding?

Pregnancy

There are no adequate studies in women for determining risk when using sulfur topical during pregnancy or while breastfeeding. Please always consult with your doctor to weigh the potential benefits and risks before taking sulfur topical.

Breastfeeding

There are no adequate studies in women for determining infant risk when using this medication during breastfeeding. Weigh the potential benefits against the potential risks before taking this medication while breastfeeding.

Side effects

What side effects can occur from sulfur topical?

Sulfur topical may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.

Check with your doctor as soon as possible if any of the following side effects occur:

  • Skin irritation not present before use of this medicine

Some side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects. Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them:

  • Redness and peeling of skin (may occur after a few days)

Other side effects not listed may also occur in some patients. If you notice any other effects, check with your healthcare professional.

Interactions

What drugs may interact with sulfur topical?

Sulfur topical may interact with other drugs that you are currently taking, which can change how your drug works or increase your risk for serious side effects. To avoid any potential drug interactions, you should keep a list of all the drugs you are using (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. For your safety, do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any drugs without your doctor’s approval.

Does food or alcohol interact with sulfur topical?

Sulfur topical may interact with food or alcohol by altering the way the drug works or increase the risk for serious side effects. Please discuss with your doctor or pharmacist any potential food or alcohol interactions before using this drug.

What health conditions may interact with sulfur topical?

Sulfur topical may interact with your health condition. This interaction may worsen your health condition or alter the way the drug works. It is important to always let your doctor and pharmacist know all the health conditions you currently have.

Dosage

The information provided is not a substitute for any medical advice. You should ALWAYS consult with your doctor or pharmacist before using sulfur topical.

What is the dose of sulfur topical for an adult?

Acne

For cream and bar soap dosage forms, use on the skin as needed.

For lotion dosage form, use two or three times a day.

For ointment dosage form, use the 0.5% ointment on the skin as needed.

Seborrheic dermatitis:

For ointment dosage form, use the 5 to 10% ointment one or two times a day.

Scabies:

For ointment dosage form, use the 6% ointment each night for three nights.

What is the dose of sulfur topical for a child?

Acne

For cream and bar soap dosage forms, use on the skin as needed.

For lotion dosage form, use two or three times a day.

For ointment dosage form, use the 0.5% ointment on the skin as needed.

Seborrheic dermatitis:

For ointment dosage form, use the 5 to 10% ointment one or two times a day.

Scabies:

For ointment dosage form, use the 6% ointment each night for three nights.

How is sulfur topical available?

Sulfur topical is available in the following dosage forms and strengths:

  • Sulfur topical cream 2%
  • Sulfur topical lotion 2%, 5%
  • Sulfur topical ointment: 0,5%, 10%
  • Sulfur topical bar soap: 5%, 10%

What should I do in case of an emergency or overdose?

In case of an emergency or an overdose, call your local emergency services or go to your nearest emergency room.

What should I do if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose of sulfur topical, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take your regular dose as scheduled. Do not take a double dose.

Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

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Review Date: January 4, 2017 | Last Modified: January 4, 2017

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