What is this medication?

DAPSONE (DAP sone) is an antiinfective medicine used on the skin to treat acne.

This medicine may be used for other purposes; ask your health care provider or pharmacist if you have questions.

COMMON BRAND NAME(S): Aczone

What should I tell my care team before I take this medication?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:

•anemia

•glucose 6-phosphate dehydrogenase (G6PD) deficiency

•an unusual or allergic reaction to dapsone, sulfa drugs, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives

•pregnant or trying to get pregnant

•breast-feeding

How should I use this medication?

This medicine is for external use only. Wash hands before and after use. Wash affected area and gently pat dry. Apply a thin layer of the gel to the affected areas. A pea-sized amount of the gel will usually be enough. Rub in gently and completely. Apply as often as prescribed, usually once in the morning and once in the evening. Do not get this medicine in your eyes. If you do, rinse out with plenty of cool tap water. Finish the full course prescribed by your doctor or health care professional even if you think your condition is better. Do not stop using except on the advice of your doctor or health care professional.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. While this drug may be prescribed for children as young as 9 years old for selected conditions, precautions do apply.

Overdosage: If you think you have taken too much of this medicine contact a poison control center or emergency room at once.

NOTE: This medicine is only for you. Do not share this medicine with others.

What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, use it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, use only that dose. Do not use double or extra doses.

What may interact with this medication?

•other acne products

This list may not describe all possible interactions. Give your health care provider a list of all the medicines, herbs, non-prescription drugs, or dietary supplements you use. Also tell them if you smoke, drink alcohol, or use illegal drugs. Some items may interact with your medicine.

What should I watch for while using this medication?

You must visit your doctor or health care provider for regular checks on your progress. If your acne does not get better after 12 weeks, talk to your healthcare provider about other treatments for acne.

Contact your health care provider if you have excessive tiredness or if you have any side effects do not go away or bother you.

What side effects may I notice from receiving this medication?

Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:

  • allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
  • bluish fingernails or lips

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

  • mild skin dryness, redness, oiliness
  • peeling of treated skin

This list may not describe all possible side effects. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Where should I keep my medication?

Keep out of the reach of children.

Store at room temperature between 20 and 24 degrees C (68 and 76 degrees F). Do not freeze. Protect from light. Keep container well closed. Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.

NOTE: This sheet is a summary. It may not cover all possible information. If you have questions about this medicine, talk to your doctor, pharmacist, or health care provider.

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