Generic Name(s): Avlosulfon
Drug Class: Sulfones
Treats: Leprosy, Arthritis, dermatitis herpetiformis
Dapsone is a sulfone antibiotic best known for leprosy treatment and varied skin conditions. Misusing Dapsone makes it less effective. Before using Dapsone, a patient should inform the doctor of their medical history. Make your doctor aware of liver problems, anemia, HIV or urination problems to help in administering an appropriate prescription.
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Dapsone is an antibiotic which treats and controls infections caused by bacteria. It works by reducing inflammation and stopping further growth of bacteria. However Dapsone has not proved effectiveness for viral infections. Dapsone is used in combination with other medicines when treating leprosy. Other conditions that Dapsone treats are: prevention and or treatment of pneumocystis pneumonia, prevention of toxoplasmosis, relapsing polychondritis, prevention of malaria, systemic lupus erythematosus, pemphigoid, and granuloma annulare.
Below, you will find the primary uses for Dapsone:
- Dermatitis herpetiformis
Dapsone dosage is dependent on the individual that it is being administered to. The following dosage is an average dose and could differ among individuals. Do not take a larger dose or more frequent doses without approval from your doctor. Follow your medical professional's directions carefully for best results.
- 50, 100 mg administered once per day
- 50 mg once per day, increased gradually up to 300 mg as per the doctor's instructions
Dapsone Side Effects
Dapsone, like any other drug, comes with its collection of side effects that vary with each individual who uses it. When you first begin taking Dapsone, watch yourself carefully for any worrying reactions. If you experience any severe side effects, consult with your doctor or medical professional immediately. Below is a list of known side effects. Note that this list is not complete.
- Stomach pains
- Back pains
- Nausea and vomiting
- Loss of appetite
- Allergic reaction
- Swelling of the face
- Bloody stool
Below you will find a list of drugs and substances that interact with Dapsone. As with all drugs, before taking Dapsone, you should make your doctor aware of any medications you may be taking, including prescription and over-the-counter drugs, as well as supplements and herbal remedies. Do not let anyone else take your medication, and consult your physician before taking any new medication. Note that this list is not complete.