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General Information on Dapsone

Generic Name : Dapsone

Pronunciation : DAP-sone

Latest prescription information about Dapsone. Learn how to pronounce the drug's name, its indications, dosage, how to take, when to take, when not to take, side effects, special precautions, its storage instructions and warnings if any when taken during pregnancy. Also listed are the International and Indian trade name(s) of the drug and its price list.
ICD Code : Y41.1 | Therapeutic Classification : Antileprotics

Other Name(s) of Dapsone

DDS, diaminodiphenylsulfone.

Why is Dapsone Prescribed? (Indications)

This medication is an antibacterial drug, prescribed for leprosy and skin infections either alone or with other medications. It stops the bacterial growth.

When should Dapsone not to be taken? (Contraindications)

Contraindicated in patients with severe anemia and hypersensitivity.

What is the dosage of Dapsone?

Adult: PO- The recommended dose is 50 300mg/day.

How should Dapsone be taken?

It comes as a tablet to take by mouth once a day or three times per week, without food.

What are the warnings and precautions for Dapsone?

Caution should be exercised in patients with history of anemia, heart problems, blood disorder, urination problem, liver or kidney problems, high blood pressure, severe lung disease, any allergy, newborn, during pregnancy and breastfeeding.

It may cause vision problem, dizziness or drowsiness, do not drive a car or operate machinery while taking this medication.

Avoid exposure to sunlight while taking this medication; otherwise it will lead to sunburn.

Patient may develop with severe stomach pain or cramps, if it so consult with your doctor.

What are the side effects of Dapsone?

  Most Common: Blurred vision, destruction of red blood cells, nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, dizziness and sleeplessness.
  Blood: Anemia, decreased albumin level in blood and increased white blood cells.
  Central Nervous System: Numbness, weakness, burning pain (especially at night), headache, fainting and mental disorder.
  Gastrointestinal: Abdominal pain, inflammation of pancreas.
  Genitourinary: Protein/albumin in urine, kidney damage and male infertility.
  Body As A Whole: Ringing in the ear, fever, skin damage due to excessive sunlight, fast heart rate and skin rash.

What are the other precautions for Dapsone?

Take full course of treatment.
Monitor blood counts, liver function regularly while taking this medication.

What are the storage conditions for Dapsone?

Store it at controlled room temperature (20-25C). Protect from light.


Schedule : H

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Peter60, India

Dapsone is used to treat leprosy [Hansen's disease] and skin disorder such as dermatitis herpetiformis. This medicine belongs to a class of drugs known as sulfones. It works by stopping the growth of bacteria.

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