What is Dapsone?
Dapsone is an oral medication indicated to treat dermatitis herpetiformis. It is also used for leprosy or Hansen’s disease as an adjunct to other antileprotic agents. This medication does not work for infections caused by viruses.
This sulfone is known to have both bactericidal and bacteriostatic actions. It works by inhibiting the synthesis of dihydrofolic acid by competing with para-amino-benzoate for the active site of dihydropteroate synthetase. This medication’s anti-inflammatory effect is not related to its antibacterial action and is still unknown.
This is available in Dapsone 100mg and 25mg tablet forms.
How to use Dapsone
The package comes with a medication guide or information leaflet so make sure to read it before using the medication. Do not use this prescription medication yet if you have not fully understood the instructions and drug information in the guide provided. If you need more medical advice or have some queries on how to use this drug properly, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
Take the tablet orally. This is usually prescribed once daily or as directed by your physician. The drug can be taken either with or without food. Swallow the tablet and drink a glass of water right after. It is not recommended to split, cut, crush, or chew this type of medication.
Remember to take this oral drug regularly and exactly as directed. To avoid skipping a dosage, create a dosing schedule. If you are taking antacids, ranitidine, famotidine, or didanosine, separate them from your Dapsone dosage for at least 2 hours. This is because these medications may prevent full absorption of sulfone and reduce its effectiveness.
Do not alter your dosing as it depends on your medical condition, response to treatment, age, and weight. Also, you must not stop using this medication abruptly to avoid worsening conditions.
Dapsone Side Effects
Common side effects:
- Loss of appetite
- Blurred vision
- Trouble sleeping or insomnia
- Increased skin sensitivity to the sun
For the most part, the side effects caused by this oral drug are mild and temporary. If the adverse reactions get worse or do not resolve even after a few weeks, hold this medication and consult your doctor or any health care professional. Furthermore, you should report severe side effects, including:
- Unusually fast breathing
- Chest pain
- Bluish lips and skin
- Muscle weakness
- Difficulty urinating
- Bone marrow suppression
- Infection (persistent sore throat, fever, chills)
- Easy bruising and bleeding
- Unusual tiredness
- Severe abdominal pain
- Dark urine
- Mental or mood changes
This is not a full or complete list of the side effects of Dapsone.
Precautions when using Dapsone
Before you start to use this prescribed medication, you should disclose your complete medical history to your physician. This includes any history of serious infection, blood disorders, liver disease, kidney problems, and very high blood sugar or diabetic ketosis. Some diseases or disorders may affect how your body will respond to this medication. Also, you should discuss all the prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products you are taking, for they may have drug interactions with this anti-infective.
Always watch out for an allergic reaction while having this prescription drug. Never take this oral tablet if you have a known allergy to dapsone or any inactive ingredients it may contain. Signs of severe hypersensitivity are trouble breathing, swelling of the face and neck, hives, red patches on the skin, and severe dizziness. If this occurs, seek emergency medical attention and discontinue the medication immediately.
Among the adverse effects of this medication are dizziness and blurred vision. This could be triggered or worsened by alcohol. Avoid or reduce your use of alcoholic beverages. You should also practice extreme caution when driving, using machinery, or doing any activities that require alertness or clear vision.
Pregnant or breastfeeding moms must use this type of drug only when clearly needed. It is still unknown whether this prescription drug could cause harm to unborn babies and breastfed infants.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the other forms of Dapsone?
This drug is also available in topical cream form.
When is the best time to take Dapsone?
You may take it any time of the day but at the same time each day.
Can Dapsone suppress the immune system?
This drug is not an immunosuppressant.
How much does Dapsone cost?
You may check for the price from this page.
Is Dapsone over the counter?
You need a valid prescription from your doctor to purchase this oral medication.
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Maple Leaf Medications has provided information from third parties intended to increase awareness and does not contain all the information about Dapsone (Dapsone). Talk to your doctor or a qualified medical practitioner for medical attention, advice, or if you have any concerns about Dapsone (Dapsone).