Dapsone

generic for Aczone

What is Dapsone?

Common Brand(s): Avlosulfon

This medication is used to treat a certain type of skin disorder (dermatitis herpetiformis). It is also used with other drugs to treat Hansen's disease. Dapsone belongs to a class of drugs known as sulfones. It works by decreasing swelling (inflammation) and stopping the growth of bacteria.

This medication will not work for viral infections (e.g., common cold, flu). Unnecessary use or misuse of any antibiotic can lead to its decreased effectiveness.

Uses

  • leprosy
  • actinomycotic mycetoma
  • toxoplasmosis
  • Pneumocystis jirovecii pneumonia
  • Pneumocystis jiroveci pneumonia prevention
  • pyoderma gangrenosum
  • dermatitis herpetiformis
  • subcorneal pustular dermatosis
  • pemphigoid
  • cicatricial pemphigoid
  • granuloma annulare
  • systemic lupus erythematosus

Usage Instructions

Take this medication by mouth with or without food, usually once daily or as directed by your doctor.

Medications for heartburn/reducing stomach acid (e.g., large amounts of antacids, ranitidine, famotidine), or didanosine may prevent full absorption of dapsone into your bloodstream, possibly reducing its effectiveness. Therefore, separate your dose of dapsone from your doses of any of these products by at least 2 hours. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more details.

If you are taking dapsone for a skin disorder, your doctor may start you on a low dose of dapsone and gradually adjust your dose to control your disease. If you are taking this medication to treat Hansen's disease or to prevent infections due to HIV, the drug is usually taken for years or for life.

Dosage is based on your medical condition and response to treatment. In children, the dosage is also based on age and weight.

For the best effect, take this antibiotic at evenly spaced times. To help you remember, take this medication at the same time(s) every day.

Tell your doctor if your condition worsens.

Storage

Store at room temperature away from light and moisture. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep all medications away from children and pets.

Do not flush medications down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. Properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist or local waste disposal company.