Silver nitrate

Description

Silver nitrate is a topical anti-infective used to cauterize (burn) infected tissues around a skin wound. It can also help to create a protective tissue to stop bleeding from a minor skin wound. It is also used to help remove warts or skin tags.

Side effects

Major & minor side effects for Silver nitrate

  • Burning sensation at the application site
  • Itching of skin
  • Skin rash
  • Staining of skin

Uses of Silver nitrate

What is it prescribed for?

  • Antiseptic Wound Cauterization
  • Warts and skin tags
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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.

Allergy

This medicine is not recommended for use in patients with a known allergy to silver nitrate, silver, 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.
General warnings

External use only

This medicine is meant only for topical application. Ingestion of this medicine is highly toxic. Seek medical attention if ingested accidentally.

Staining

This medicine should be handled with care since it tends to stain the skin, utensils, clothing, and linens.

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 double your 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

Sodium Nitrite

Prilocaine

Collagenase

Disease interactions

Disease

Information not available.
Food interactions
Information not available.
Lab interactions
Information not available.
This medicine is meant for external use only. If the medicine is swallowed, seek immediate medical help. Follow all dosing instructions mentioned on the label or the package insert. Do not use this medicine for durations shorter or longer than recommended by your doctor. Ensure that the treatment course is completed. Report any undesired side effects to the doctor immediately. 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 acts on the cell wall and cell membrane of the bacteria to cause their death. It destroys the tissue on the surface layer of warts and skin tags.
Legal Status

Approved

Unknown

Unknown

Approved

Classification

Category

Antiseptic and germicides

Schedule

Schedule H

[Internet]. Dailymed.nlm.nih.gov. 2018 [cited 20 September 2018]. Available from:

https://dailymed.nlm.nih.gov/dailymed/drugInfo.cfm?setid=2c5c94b7-aa51-4764-b3af-184d74c8eaaf

[Internet]. Sciencedirect.com. 2018 [cited 20 September 2018]. Available from:

https://www.sciencedirect.com/topics/biochemistry-genetics-and-molecular-biology/silver-nitrate

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Information on this page was last updated on 23 Jan 2019

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