SSD Cream

SSD CREAM- silver sulfadiazine cream
Dr Reddys Laboratories Inc


SSD™ (1% Silver Sulfadiazine Cream) and SSD AF™ (1% Silver Sulfadiazine Cream), 1% are topical antibacterial preparations which have as their active antimicrobial ingredient silver sulfadiazine. The active moiety is contained within an opaque, white, water miscible cream base.
Each 1000 grams of SSD/SSD AF Cream contains 10 grams of silver sulfadiazine.
Inactive Ingrediants: cetyl alcohol (SSD Cream only), isopropyl myristate, polyoxyl 40 stearate, propylene glycol, purified water, stearyl alcohol, sodium hydroxide, sorbitan monooleate, white petrolatum; with 0.3% methyl paraben, as a preservative.
Silver sulfadiazine has an emprical formula of C10 H9 AgN4 O2 S, molecular weight of 357.14 and structural formula as shown:

Structure for silver sulfadiazine


Silver sulfadiazine has broad antimicrobial activity. It is bactericidal for many gram-negative and gram-positive bacteria as well as being effective against yeast. Results from in vitro testing are listed below. Sufficient data have been obtained to demonstrate that silver sulfadiazine will inhibit bacteria that are resistant to other antimicrobial agents and that the compound is superior to sulfadiazine. Studies utilizing radioactive micronized silver sulfadiazine, electron microscopy, and biochemical techniques have revealed that the mechanism of action of silver sulfadiazine on bacteria differs from silver nitrate and sodium sulfadiazine. Silver sulfadiazine acts only on the cell wall to produce its bactericidal effect.

Results of In Vitro Testing With Silver Sulfadiazine Cream, 1% Concentration of Silver Sulfadiazine
Number of Sensitive Strains / Total Number of Strains Tested

Genus and Species 50 micrograms/mL 100 micrograms/mL

Pseudomonas Aeruginosa 130/130 130/130

Xanthomonas (Pseudomonas)

Maltophilia 7/7 7/7

Enterobacter Species 48/50 50/50

Enterobacter cloacae 24/24 24/24

Klebsiella Species 53/54 54/54

Escherichia Coli 63/63 63/63

Serratia Species 27/28 28/28

Proteus Mirabilis 53/53 53/53

Morganella Morganii 10/10 10/10

Providencia Rettgeri 2/2 2/2

Proteus Vulgaris 2/2 2/2

Providencia Species 1/1 1/1

Citrobacter Species 10/10 10/10

Acinetobacter Calcoaceticus 10/11 11/11

Stahylococcus Aureus 100/101 101/101

Staphylococcus Epidermidis 51/51 51/51

B-Hemolytic Streptococcus 4/4 4/4

Enterococcus Species 52/53 53/53

Corynebacterium Diphtheriae 2/2 2/2

Clostridium Perfringens 0/2 2/2

Clostridium Perfringens 0/2 2/2

Candida Albicans 43/50 50/50

Silver sulfadiazine is not a carbonic anhydrase inhibitor and may be useful in situations where such agents are contraindicated.


Silver Sulfadiazine Cream is a topical antimicrobial drug indicated as an adjunct for the prevention and treatment of wound sepsis in patients with second and third degree burns.


Silver Sulfadiazine Cream is contraindicated in patients who are hypersensitive to silver sulfadiazine or any of the other ingredients in the preparation.

Because sulfonamide therapy is known to increase the possibility of kernicterus, Silver Sulfadiazine Cream should not be used on pregnant women approaching or at term, on premature infants, or on newborn infants during the first 2 months of life.


There is a potential cross-sensitivity between silver sulfadiazine and other sulfonamides. If allergic reactions attributable to treatment with silver sulfadiazine occur, continuation of therapy must be weighed against the potential hazards of the particular allergic reaction.

Fungal proliferation in and below the eschar may occur. However, the incidence of clinically reported fungal superinfection is low.

The use of Silver Sulfadiazine Cream in some cases of glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase-deficient individuals may be hazardous, as hemolysis may occur.


If hepatic and renal functions become impaired and elimination of the drug decreases accumulation may occur and discontinuation of Silver Sulfadiazine Cream should be weighed against the therapeutic benefit being achieved.

In considering the use of topical proteolytic enzymes in conjunction with Silver Sulfadiazine Cream, the possibility should be noted that silver may inactivate such enzymes.

Laboratory Tests: In the treatment of burn wounds involving extensive areas of the body, the serum sulfa concentrations may approach adult therapeutic levels (8 to 12mg %). Therefore, in these patients it would be advisable to monitor serum sulfa concentrations. Renal function should be carefully monitored and the urine should be checked for sulfa crystals.

Absorption of the propylene glycol vehicle has been reported to affect serum osmolality, which may affect the interpretation of laboratory tests.

Carcinogenesis, Mutagenesis, Impairment of Fertility

Long-term dermal toxicity studies of 24 months duration in rats and 18 months in mice with concentrations of silver sulfadiazine three to ten times the concentration in Silver Sulfadiazine Cream revealed no evidence of carcinogenicity.

Pregnancy: Pregnancy Category B. A reproductive study has been performed in rabbits at doses up to three to ten times the concentration of silver sulfadiazine in Silver Sulfadiazine Cream and has revealed no evidence of harm to the fetus due to silver sulfadiazine. There are, however, no adequate and well-controlled studies in pregnant women. Because animal reproduction studies are not always predictive of human response, this drug should be used during pregnancy only if clearly justified, especially in pregnant women approaching or at term. (See CONTRAINDICATIONS)

Nursing Mother: It is not known whether Silver Sulfadiazine Cream is excreted in human milk. However, sulfonamides are known to be excreted in human milk and all sulfonamides derivatives are known to increase the possibility of kernicterus. Because of the potential for serious adverse reactions in nursing infants from sulfonamides, a decision should be made whether to discontinue nursing or to discontinue the drug, taking into account the importance of the drug to the mother.

Pediatric Use: Safety and effectiveness in children have not been established. (See CONTRAINDICATIONS)

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