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Sulfacetamide-Sulfur Anti-Acne Drug Information
A guide for patients using the anti-acne drug Sulfacetamide-Sulfur including side effects, usage tips and precautions.

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Sulfacetamide-Sulfur is the active ingredient in two brand name anti-acne drugs - Novacet and Sulfacet-R.

Sulfacetamide-Sulfur is made up of sodium sulfacetamide and sulfur.

The first ingredient acts as an antibacterial agent and sulfur, which has been used for almost a millennium to treat acne, also kills the P. Acnes bacteria and dries up the excess oil on the face.

Sulfacetamide-Sulfur is usually only prescribed for people suffering from mild to moderate acne who have oily complexions.

Dryness, stinging, burning, peeling, and a warm flushed feeling are some of the mild side effects from using sulfacetamide-sulfur.


Severe headaches, vomiting, intense stomach cramps, swelling of the face, lips or tongue, or other allergic reactions are some of the less common but serious side effects that occur while using Sulfacetamide-Sulfur.

Sulfacetamide-Sulfur is a Category C drug as determined by the Federal Drug Administration so it's effects on an unborn fetus are unknown. If you are pregnant or plan on becoming pregnant you should let your doctor or dermatologist know this ahead of time before you start using sulfacetamide-sulfur,  Novacet or Sulfacet-R.

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