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  • Generic Name: (dapsone)
    Other Brands: N/A
  • Last Revised: 03/2016
    • What is this medication and its most common uses?

      Aczone is a topical medicine (applied directly on the skin) used to treat acne. Aczone is available as a gel.

    • What should I know when beginning and continuing on this medication?

      How does this medication work?

      Aczone is thought to work by reducing the number of acne lesions (such as blackheads or pimples).

      What are the beneficial effects of this medication and when should I begin to have results?

      What: Aczone may help to clear or almost clear your acne, thereby improving the appearance of your skin.

      When: Everyone responds differently to treatment, so try to be patient and follow your healthcare provider's directions. It is important that you use Aczone exactly as your healthcare provider has prescribed.

      How do I know it is working?

      You may start to notice an improvement in your acne once you start using Aczone. This is a good indicator that your medication is working.

    • What are the possible side effects of this medication?

      The following is not a full list of side effects. Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your healthcare provider as soon as possible. Only your healthcare provider can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this medication.

      More common side effects may include: oiliness/peeling, dryness, or redness of the skin being treated.

      Less common side effects may include:

      Methemoglobinemia (a decrease of oxygen in the blood caused by a certain type of abnormal red blood cell). Stop using Aczone and get medical help right away if your lips, nail beds, or the inside of your mouth turns grey or blue.

       

    • Who should not take this medication?

      Do not use Aczone if you are allergic to it or any of its ingredients.

    • What should I tell my healthcare provider before I take the first dose of this medication?

      Tell your healthcare provider about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Aczone. Also, talk to your healthcare provider about your complete medical history, especially if you have glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase (G6PD) deficiency (lack of an enzyme responsible for the breakdown of red blood cells); have methemoglobinemia; or if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

    • What is the usual dosage?

      The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your healthcare provider uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your healthcare provider may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your healthcare provider's approval.

      Adults and children ≥12 years: Apply a pea-sized amount in a thin layer to the affected area(s) twice a day.

    • How should I take this medication?

      Use Aczone exactly as prescribed by your healthcare provider. Do not use it more often or stop using it without first talking to your healthcare provider.

      Wash the areas of your skin where you will apply Aczone and gently pat your skin dry with a clean towel.

      Rub the medicine in gently and completely.

      Wash your hand after applying Aczone.

      If you do not see an improvement in your acne in 12 weeks, call your healthcare provider. You may need another treatment for your acne.

    • What should I avoid while taking this medication?

      Do not get Aczone in your eyes, mouth, or vagina.

    • What are the possible food and drug interactions associated with this medication?

      If Aczone is used with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. Aczone may interact with numerous medications. Therefore, it is very important that you tell your healthcare provider about any other medications you are taking.

    • May I receive this medication if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

      The effects of Aczone during pregnancy are unknown. Aczone may be found in your breast milk if used while breastfeeding. Do not breastfeed while using Aczone. Tell your healthcare provider immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

    • What should I do if I miss a dose of this medication?

      If you miss a dose of Aczone, apply it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the one you missed and return to your regular dosing schedule. Do not apply two doses at once.

    • How should I store this medication?

      Store at room temperature. Do not freeze.

    • Who should I contact in case of emergency or overdose?
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      In the event of a medical emergency call your doctor or 9-1-1 immediately. In the event of overdose, call your doctor or poison control for further instructions.
      National Poison Control#: Call 1-800-222-1222

      This PDR+ drug information has been developed by the Physicians’ Desk Reference Network (PDRN), a source of medication information trusted by doctors for over 65 years.

      This monograph summarizes the most important information about your medication and does not cover all the information you may need. If you have any questions or concerns or want to learn more about your medication, ask your healthcare provider; he/she will be able to provide answers to your questions. This medication should only be used by the patient for whom it was prescribed and should not be shared with other people.
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