Dapsone (On the skin)
Antiacne (About this – PubMed Health)
Uses of This Medicine
This medicine is available only with your doctor’s prescription.
Other uses (PubMed Health)
How To Use
Your doctor will tell you how much medicine to use. Do not use more than directed.
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
Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.
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
When Not To Use
This medicine is not right for everyone. Do not use it if you had an allergic reaction to dapsone.
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
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Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:
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.
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
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