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    What is Silver Nitrate used for?

    Silver Nitrate, a topical anti-infective gel, is used in the treatment of burns. Silver Nitrate gel is an antiseptic agent and its antimicrobial properties help lower the risk of infection at the site of burn wound.

    Silver Nitrate gel may also be used to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor.

    What is the recommended dosage of Silver Nitrate?

    The dosage of Silver Nitrate prescribed to each patient will vary. Always follow your physician’s instructions and/or the directions on the prescription drug label.

    Silver Nitrate gel is for external use only. Apply only on the affected area and take care to avoid applying on the surrounding healthy skin.

    What if you miss a dose of Silver Nitrate?

    If your physician has instructed or directed you to apply Silver Nitrate gel in a regular schedule and you have missed a dose of this medicine, apply it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, then skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double the doses to catch up for the missed dose.

    What if you overdose on Silver Nitrate?

    Any medication taken in excess can have serious consequences. If you suspect an overdose of Silver Nitrate, seek medical attention immediately.

    Overdose symptoms of Silver Nitrate may include blackening of the skin, pain in the mouth, vomiting, diarrhea and salivation.

    What other drug(s) could interact with Silver Nitrate?

    • Collagenase
    • Papain
    • Sulfacetamide Sodium (topical)
    • Trypsin

    It may be noted that drug other than those listed above may also interact with Silver Nitrate. Make sure to inform your doctor if you are using any of the above-mentioned drugs.

    Silver Nitrate gel can interact with the following type of medicine: topical sulfonamides.

    Usually drug interactions may occur when certain drugs are used together. Before you use a medication for a particular ailment, you should inform the health expert about intake of any prescription medications, over-the-counter products (non-prescription medications) and dietary supplements like vitamins, minerals and herbals, which may increase the effect of Silver Nitrate. This information can help your doctor to warn you of any possible drug interactions.

    Do let your doctor know if you smoke, consume alcohol or caffeinated drinks, or use illegal drugs as these may interfere with the action of your medication. It is also important to tell your healthcare professional if you have any medical conditions or a family history of any medical problems. Do not start or stop using any medicine without consulting your doctor.

    What are the side effects of Silver Nitrate?

    Like other medicines, Silver Nitrate can cause some side effects. If they do occur, the side effects of Silver Nitrate are most likely to be minor and temporary. However, some may be serious and may require the individual to inform the doctor or visit the nearest hospital immediately.

    It is pertinent to note that side effects of Silver Nitrate cannot be anticipated. If any side effects of Silver Nitrate develop or change in intensity, the doctor should be informed as soon as possible.

    Silver Nitrate gel may cause side effects such as skin irritation and staining of the skin. This is not a complete list of all side effects. Do concur with your doctor and follow his directions completely when you are using Silver Nitrate.

    What are the questions to ask your doctor before taking Silver Nitrate?

    Is it possible for me to use Silver Nitrate with other drugs?
    Should certain beverages, foods and other products be avoided when I use Silver Nitrate?
    What are the possible drug interactions of Silver Nitrate?
    How will Silver Nitrate work in my body?
    How should Silver Nitrate be used?
    How to reduce the risk of Silver Nitrate drug interactions and side effects?

    What other important information should you know about Silver Nitrate?

    Before using Silver Nitrate, make sure to tell your doctor if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding.

    - Also, let your doctor know if you are allergic to Silver Nitrate, or if you have ever had an allergic reaction to any other medicines.

    - Handle Silver Nitrate gel with care, as it may stain the skin, clothing and utensils.

    - Prolonged use of Silver Nitrate gel may result in skin discoloration.

    - Store the Silver Nitrate gel at room temperature between 20°C and 25°C (68° to 77°F).

    - Keep this medication out of the reach of children.

    Disclaimer

    The health and medical information provided here is intended to supplement and not substitute for the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacists or other health care professional. It should not be understood to indicate that the use of Silver Nitrate is safe, appropriate or effective for you. Always consult your health care professional before using this, or any other, drug.

     

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