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What is sulfacetamide?

Sulfacetamide is a sulfonamide antibiotic that inhibits the growth of many bacteria. It does this by interfering with the synthesis of folic acid, which is a substance that bacteria need to grow. Sulfacetamide is available in several forms and is primarily used to treat infections on the surface of the body. Sulfacetamide requires a prescription. Eye drops and ointments are used to treat bacterial infections of the eye, such as bacterial conjunctivitis (pink eye) and trachoma.

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