Medications


Silver Nitrate topical solution

What is this medicine?

SILVER NITRATE (SIL ver NYE trate) is a solution applied to skin lesions to prevent or treat infection.

How should I use this medicine?

This medicine is for external use only. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Apply with a cotton applicator dipped in the solution. Do not get this medicine in your eyes. If you do, rinse out with plenty of cool tap water for at least 15 minutes. Finish the full course of medicine prescribed by your doctor or health care professional even if you think your condition is better. Do not stop using except on your doctor's advice.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.

What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?

Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:

  • allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report these to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

  • discoloration of skin

  • pain, redness, or irritation at site where applied

What may interact with this medicine?

Do not take this medicine with any of the following medications:

  • collagenase, papain, or sutilains

  • castor oil; peru balsam; trypsin

This medicine may also interact with the following medications:

  • benzalkonium chloride

  • sulfacetamide

What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, use it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, use only that dose. Do not use double or extra doses.

Where should I keep my medicine?

Keep out of the reach of children.

Store at room temperature between 15 and 30 degrees C (59 and 86 degrees F). Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:

  • an unusual or allergic reaction to silver nitrate, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives

  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant

  • breast-feeding

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Tell your doctor or health care professional if your skin condition does not begin to get better.

Do not get this medicine in your eyes. If you do, rinse out with plenty of cool tap water.

This medicine can make certain skin conditions worse. Only use it for conditions for which your doctor or health care professional has prescribed.


NOTE:This sheet is a summary. It may not cover all possible information. If you have questions about this medicine, talk to your doctor, pharmacist, or health care provider. Copyright© 2017 Elsevier
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