Dapsone (On the skin)
Aczone, DapsoneThere may be other brand names for this medicine.
When This Medicine Should Not Be Used:This medicine is not right for everyone. Do not use it if you had an allergic reaction to dapsone.
How to Use This Medicine:
- Your doctor will tell you how much medicine to use. Do not use more than directed.
- Use this medicine only on your skin. Rinse it off right away if it gets on a cut or scrape. Do not get the medicine in your eyes, nose, or mouth.
- Wash your hands with soap and water before and after you use this medicine.
- Before you apply the medicine, gently wash the skin areas to be treated and pat dry.
- Apply a thin layer of the medicine to the affected area. Rub it in gently.
- Read and follow the patient instructions that come with this medicine. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions.
- Missed dose: Apply a dose as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, wait until then and apply a regular dose. Do not apply extra medicine to make up for a missed dose.
- Store the medicine in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light. Do not freeze.
Drugs and Foods to Avoid:
- Some medicines can affect how dapsone works. Tell your doctor if you are using any of the following:
- Acetaminophen, benzocaine, chloroquine, nitrofurantoin, nitroglycerin, nitroprusside, phenobarbital, phenytoin, primaquine, quinine, trimethoprim/sulfamethoxazole
- An acne medicine that contains benzoyl peroxide
Warnings While Using This Medicine:
- Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, or if you have a glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase (G6PD) deficiency.
- Talk to your doctor if you do not see some improvement within 12 weeks after you start this medicine.
- Keep all medicine out of the reach of children. Never share your medicine with anyone.
Possible Side Effects While Using This Medicine:
Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:
- Blue lips, fingernails, or mouth, unusual bleeding, bruising, or weakness
- Sudden and severe stomach pain, nausea, vomiting
- Trouble breathing, dark urine, fever, back pain, tiredness, yellow skin or eyes
If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:
- Dry, oily, or red skin where the medicine is applied
If you notice other side effects that you think are caused by this medicine, tell your doctor
Last Updated: 1/4/2018