Silver Nitrate

What is Silver Nitrate

Silver nitrate is a topical cauterizing agent. Treatment with this medicine produces astringent, germicidal, and epithelial stimulant actions. Silver nitrate is used topically for the treatment of helomas.

Silver nitrate was initially marketed for use before 1962, which is when Congress passed the amended Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act requiring that the FDA establish both safety and efficacy for all subsequently approved drugs.

Silver nitrate is an unapproved marketed drug that has not been formally evaluated by the FDA.

Indications & Dosage

  • heloma
  • Neisseria gonorrhoeae

Per the manufacturer, this drug has been shown to be active against most strains of the following microorganisms either in vitro and/or in clinical infectionsNeisseria gonorrhoeae

NOTE: The safety and effectiveness in treating clinical infections due to organisms with in vitro data only have not been established in adequate and well-controlled clinical trials.

For the treatment of heloma

Monitoring Parameters

  • laboratory monitoring not necessary


  • accidental exposure
  • breast-feeding
  • children
  • infants
  • neonates
  • ocular exposure
  • pregnancy
  • skin abrasion


  • Benzalkonium Chloride
  • Collagenase
  • Sulfacetamide
  • Sulfacetamide; Sulfur

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