Nitrofurazone

Description

Nitrofurazone is a topical antibiotic used for the prevention and treatment of wound infections in patients with second and third-degree burns and also used to treat skin infections due to skin grafts.

Side effects

Major & minor side effects for Nitrofurazone

  • Skin rash
  • Skin irritation
  • Swelling and redness at the application site
  • Dry skin

Uses of Nitrofurazone

What is it prescribed for?

  • Burns or Skin infections
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Concerns

Commonly asked questions

  • Onset of action
    The amount of time required for this medicine to show its action is not clinically established.
  • Duration of effect
    The amount of time for which this medicine remains active in the body is not clinically established.
  • Safe with alcohol?
    Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.
  • Is it habit forming?
    No habit-forming tendencies were reported.
  • Usage in pregnancy?
    This medicine is not recommended for use in pregnant women unless necessary. All the risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before using this medicine.
  • Usage while breast-feeding?
    This medicine is not recommended for use in breastfeeding women unless absolutely necessary. All the risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before using this medicine. If the medicine is used, care should be taken such that the infant does not come into contact with the medicine.

Allergy

This medicine is not recommended for use in patients with a known allergy to Nitrofurazone or any other inactive ingredients present along with it.
Warnings for special population

Pregnancy

This medicine is not recommended for use in pregnant women unless necessary. All the risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before using this medicine.

Breast-feeding

This medicine is not recommended for use in breastfeeding women unless absolutely necessary. All the risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before using this medicine. If the medicine is used, care should be taken such that the infant does not come into contact with the medicine.
General warnings

Usage on Skin

This medicine is only recommended for external use. Avoid contact with the mouth, eyes, mucous membranes, etc.

Other medicines

This medicine may interact with other medicines and may cause severe adverse effects. Hence, it is advised that you report all your current medicines, including any herbs and supplements, to the doctor before beginning treatment with this medicine.

Use in childern

This medicine is not recommended for use in patients below 18 years of age since the safety and efficacy of use are not clinically established. However, your doctor may prescribe this medicine if the benefits significantly outweigh the risks. In such a case, the patient should be monitored closely for any adverse effects.

Missed Dose

Apply the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose. Do not apply a double dose to make up for the missed one.

Overdose

An overdose of this medicine is not likely to cause severe symptoms. However, ingestion of this medicine may cause harm and immediate medical intervention may be required.
All drugs interact differently for person to person. You should check all the possible interactions with your doctor before starting any medicine.
Interaction with Alcohol

Description

Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.

Instructions

Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.
Interaction with Medicine
Disease interactions

Disease

Information not available.
Food interactions
Information not available.
Lab interactions
Information not available.
Apply a thin layer of the cream/ointment to the affected area as instructed by the doctor. Follow all the usage instructions mentioned on the label or the package insert. Do not apply in larger or smaller quantities than recommended. Report any unusual signs and symptoms to the doctor on priority. Do not stop the use of this medicine without consulting your doctor.
Miscelleneous

Usage does not depend on food timings

To be taken as instructed by doctor

Does not cause sleepiness

How it works
This medicine works by interfering with certain processes that help the bacteria to grow and increase in number.
Legal Status

Approved

Unknown

Unknown

Unknown

Classification

Category

Topical anti-infectives

Schedule

Schedule H

Nitrofurazone [Internet]. Pubchem.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov. 2018 [cited 7 December 2018]. Available from:

https://pubchem.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/compound/nitrofurazone#

Nitrofural - DrugBank [Internet]. Drugbank.ca. 2018 [cited 7 December 2018]. Available from:

https://www.drugbank.ca/drugs/DB00336

[Internet]. 2018 [cited 7 December 2018]. Available from:

https://www.glowm.com/resources/glowm/cd/pages/drugs/n026.html

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Information on this page was last updated on 19 Feb 2019

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