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Aczone is a topical medicine (applied directly on the skin) used to treat acne. Aczone is available as a gel.
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 instructions. 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.
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: application site dryness, itching.
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.
Do not use Aczone if you are allergic to it or any of its ingredients.
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.
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 entire face once a day. A thin layer may also be applied to other affected area(s) once a day, as directed by your healthcare provider.
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 dry.
Rub in Aczone gel gently and completely.
If you do not see an improvement in your acne in 12 weeks, notify your healthcare provider.
Do not get Aczone in your eyes, mouth, or vagina.
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.
The effects of Aczone during pregnancy are unknown. Aczone can be found in your breast milk if you use it while breastfeeding. Do not breastfeed while you are using Aczone. Tell your healthcare provider immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.
If you miss a dose of Aczone, use 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 use two doses at once.
Store at room temperature. Protect from freezing.
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
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