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  • Generic Name: (dapsone)
    Other Brands: N/A
  • Last Revised: 09/2016
    • What is this medication and its most common uses?

      Dapsone is a medicine used to treat dermatitis herpetiformis (a chronic, very itchy skin rash made up of bumps and blisters) and leprosy (a chronic, curable infection mainly causing skin lesions and nerve damage).

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

      How does this medication work?

      Dapsone works by stopping the growth of bacteria.

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

      What: Dapsone may help treat your skin condition.

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

      How do I know it is working?

      Your healthcare provider may perform tests and ask you questions to assess how well your condition is being treated.

    • 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: rupture or destruction of red blood cells.

      Less common side effects may include:

      Blood problems, including decreased blood cell counts, with symptoms such as a sore throat, fever, paleness, a rash of purple spots on the skin, or yellowing of the skin or whites of the eyes. Your healthcare provider should check your blood cell counts during treatment with dapsone.

      Serious allergic reactions with symptoms such as skin rash, bulls-eye-shaped lesions on the skin, hives, or tender bumps under the skin.

      Dapsone may also cause liver problems.

    • Who should not take this medication?

      Do not take dapsone 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 dapsone. Also, talk to your healthcare provider about your complete medical history, especially if you have liver problems, glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase (G6PD) deficiency (lack of an enzyme responsible for the breakdown of red blood cells), or certain blood disorders, 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.

      Dermatitis Herpetiformis

      Adults: The recommended starting dose is 50 milligrams (mg) daily. Your healthcare provider may adjust your dose as needed.

      Children: Your healthcare provider will prescribe the appropriate dose for your child.

      Leprosy

      Adults: The recommended dose is 100 mg daily.

      Children: Your healthcare provider will prescribe the appropriate dose for your child.

    • How should I take this medication?

      Take dapsone exactly as prescribed by your healthcare provider.

    • What should I avoid while taking this medication?

      Do not change your dose or stop taking dapsone without first talking to your healthcare provider.

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

      If dapsone is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to check with your healthcare provider before combining dapsone with the following: pyrimethamine, rifampin, or trimethoprim.

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

      The effects of dapsone during pregnancy are unknown. Dapsone can pass into your breast milk. Do not breastfeed while you are taking dapsone. 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 dapsone, take 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 take two doses at once.

    • How should I store this medication?

      Store at room temperature. Protect from light.

    • 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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