What is Dapsone (Dapsone) used for?
Dapsone (Dapsone) is an oral medication prescribed to treat patients with dermatitis herpetiformis or Hansen`s disease. It operates by fighting and preventing the reproduction of bacteria cells allowing the immune system to control the infection. This action can prevent symptoms such as intense blistering, skin lesions, or intense discomfort. Your doctor may prescribe this medicine to be used along with others or for the treatment of other unlisted conditions as well.
How should I use Dapsone (Dapsone)?
Dapsone (Dapsone) is normally administered once daily at a dosage of one tablet, but your individual directions will be based on your age, weight, health condition, and the severity of your symptoms. These should be swallowed whole and unaltered along with a large glass of water. The doses may be taken on an empty stomach, but a meal or snack is recommended prior to use if you experience nausea. Do not change the form of the tablets by splitting or crushing them as this may destroy or alter the effects of their contents. Ask your pharmacist or doctor any questions you have about the medicine to ensure the correct usage.
What are the side effects of Dapsone (Dapsone)?
Dapsone (Dapsone) may cause side effects in some patients including:
Serious side effects possibly requiring emergency medical attention are deterioration of the symptoms being treated, depression, suicidal thoughts, respiration difficulty, severe swelling, unusual weight gain, tingling or numbness, urinary retention, autoimmune disorders, abnormal blood cell counts, or severe skin rashes. Contact your doctor as soon as you encounter any unusual or worrying symptoms to make sure the necessary adjustments are made to your dosage or application frequency to prevent more health problems from occurring.
Dapsone (Dapsone) should not be administered to patients who are lactose intolerant, allergic to sulphonamide antibiotics, who have had a bad reaction to similar treatments in the past, who have severe anaemia, porphyrias, or severe G6PD deficiency. Also inform your doctor if you have heart disease, lung disease, G6PD deficiency, or anaemia. These conditions may cause unexpected health problems requiring alterations to your regimen.
Strictly use Dapsone (Dapsone) as prescribed and follow all instructions provided by your doctor. Safe, suitable, and optimum dosage can vary and is dependent on the patient`s health and medical history, as well as the condition you are treating.
Dapsone (Dapsone) may not be safe or suitable for all patients. Always ensure your doctor is informed if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, using any other type of medication (including non-prescription medicine, vitamins, and supplements), as well as if you have any allergies, other illnesses, or pre-existing medication conditions.
Seek immediate medical attention or proceed to your nearest accident and emergency department if you suffer a hypersensitive or allergic reaction. Symptoms usually present during a reaction of this nature include difficulty breathing or swallowing, swelling of the limbs or face, tight chest, hives, and skin rashes.