Dapsone topical gel

What is this medicine?

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

How should I use this medicine?

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 12 years old for selected conditions, precautions do apply.

What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?

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

  • skin redness, blistering, peeling or loosening of skin

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

What may interact with this medicine?

  • other acne products

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.

Where should I keep my medicine?

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.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

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

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

You must visit your doctor or health care professional 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 healthcare provider if you have excessive tiredness or if you have any side effects do not go away or bother you.

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