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What is Dapsone?
Dapsone is an anti-infective type of medication that fights bacteria. The medication works by stopping the growth of bacteria to decrease inflammation. It is mainly prescribed in the treatment of leprosy, the rare disease caused by a type of bacteria called Mycobacterium leprae. Some patients might also use the tablets to treat a certain type of skin disorder called dermatitis herpetiformis, an itchy blistering rash associated with coeliac disease. The drug can be used to treat bacterial infections but cannot be used to treat viral infections such as the flu or common cold.
How is Dapsone used?
Dapsone is usually taken orally once per day or as directed by a doctor. The tablets can be taken with or without food but should be taken with a glass of water. Contact a doctor for the correct dosage and length of treatment as it will depend on the patientís condition and their response to the therapy. Do not discontinue the medication without consulting a doctor as abruptly stopping the treatment can cause the infection to return and the bacteria to become harder to treat.
Patients using Dapsone may encounter unwanted side effects such as:
- Upset stomach
- Increased sensitivity to light
- Loss of appetite
Contact a doctor immediately should side effects persist or encounter more severe side effects such as:
- Vision problems
- Irregular heartbeat
- Signs of infection
- Easy bleeding or bruising
Immediately proceed to your nearest emergency department if you suffer an allergic reaction. Symptoms usually associated with such a reaction include difficulty breathing or swallowing, chest tightness, swelling, skin rashes, and hives.
Dapsone is not always suitable for all patients. Always consult your health care provider prior to using this medication if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, trying to conceive, using any other medication (prescription or non-prescription), using any herbal products or supplements, or if you have any allergies or other health problems.
The correct dosage and prescription commonly depend on the patient and the condition being treated. Do not adjust your dosage without the approval of your health care provider. This product is only for use as prescribed and instructed.