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Dapsone gel

Pronunciation

Generic Name: dapsone (DAP-sone)
Brand Name: Aczone

Dapsone gel is used for:

Treating acne.

Dapsone gel is a sulfone antibiotic. Exactly how dapsone gel works to treat acne is not known.

Do NOT use dapsone gel if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in dapsone gel
  • you are taking an antimalarial medicine (eg, chloroquine) or oral dapsone

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.

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Before using dapsone gel:

Some medical conditions may interact with dapsone gel. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:

  • if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
  • if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
  • if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
  • if you have blood problems (eg, anemia) or a condition called glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase deficiency

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with dapsone gel. Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:

  • Antimalarial medicines (eg, chloroquine) or oral dapsone because the risk of certain blood problems may be increased
  • Trimethoprim/sulfamethoxazole because the risk of certain blood problems may be increased in certain patients
  • Benzoyl peroxide because a temporary local yellow or orange discoloration of the skin or facial hair may occur

This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if dapsone gel may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.

How to use dapsone gel:

Use dapsone gel as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • An extra patient leaflet is available with dapsone gel. Talk to your pharmacist if you have questions about this information.
  • Before applying dapsone gel, gently wash and pat dry the area to be treated.
  • Apply a pea-sized amount of dapsone gel in a thin layer to the affected area. Rub in gently and completely.
  • Wash your hands right away after using dapsone gel.
  • If you miss a dose of dapsone gel, use it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not use 2 doses at once. If several applications are missed, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use dapsone gel.

Important safety information:

  • Dapsone gel is for external use only. Do not get it in your eyes, mouth, or nose, or in the angles of your nose. Do not get it in your vagina. If you get it in any of these areas, rinse right away with cool water.
  • Do not use other medicines or products on your skin while you are using dapsone gel without first checking with your doctor.
  • Dapsone gel may cause a temporary yellow or orange discoloration of skin and facial hair if used along with benzoyl peroxide.
  • If your symptoms do not improve within 12 weeks or if they get worse, check with your doctor.
  • Do not use dapsone gel at a later time for other skin conditions without first checking with your doctor.
  • Dapsone gel may cause harm if it is swallowed. If you may have taken it by mouth, contact your poison control center or emergency room right away.
  • Dapsone gel should not be used in CHILDREN younger than 12 years old; safety and effectiveness in these children have not been confirmed.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using dapsone gel while you are pregnant. Dapsone gel is found in breast milk. Do not breast-feed while taking dapsone gel.

Possible side effects of dapsone gel:

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:

Dryness, oiliness, peeling, or redness of the skin.

Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); dark urine; fever, chills, or persistent sore throat; mental or mood changes; numbness, tingling, or burning of the hands or feet; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin; severe stomach pain or vomiting; shortness of breath; sudden back pain; suicidal thoughts or attempts; unusual tiredness or weakness; yellow or pale skin.

This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. To report side effects to the appropriate agency, please read the Guide to Reporting Problems to FDA.

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center, or emergency room immediately. Dapsone gel may be harmful if swallowed.

Proper storage of dapsone gel:

Store dapsone gel at room temperature, between 68 and 77 degrees F (20 and 25 degrees C). Brief storage at temperatures between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C) is permitted. Do not freeze. Store with cap tightly closed away from heat, moisture, and light. Keep dapsone gel out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about dapsone gel, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Dapsone gel is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
  • If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.
  • Check with your pharmacist about how to dispose of unused medicine.

This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take dapsone gel or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about dapsone gel. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to dapsone gel. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using dapsone gel.

Issue Date: July 2, 2014
Database Edition 14.3.1.001
Copyright © 2014 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc.

Disclaimer: This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take this medicine or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about this medicine. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to this medicine. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using this medicine.

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