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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 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.
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.
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 affected area(s) twice a day.
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.
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 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.
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.
Store at room temperature. Do not freeze.
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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