Dapsone is an antibacterial medicine that stops the growth of bacteria by inhibiting the production of folic acid. It may be used for the treatment of:
- Skin problems
- Prophylaxis of malaria along with pyrimethamine
- Prophylaxis of pneumonia in immune-compromised patients
Do not take Dapsone if you:
- Have allergy to dapsone
- Suffer from severe anaemia
- Have porphyria
- Suffer from severe glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase deficiency
Things to Tell Your Doctor. If you:
- Suffer from other blood disorders, heart or lung disease.
- Take probenecid, rifampicin or trimethoprim
- Have intolerance to sugars
What to do if you missed a dose ?
If you forget a dose, take it as soon as you remember it. However, if it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose. Do not take a double dose to make up for a forgotten dose.
Most common side effects ?
- Dapsone syndrome may occur after 3-6 weeks of treatment. Symptoms include rash, fever, changes in blood cells.
- Rash can be raised, discoloured, tender, destructive or itchy, sensitivity to light
- Rarely skin conditions associated with fever, malaise, lung or kidney damage.
- Headache, difficulty sleeping, nerve damage causing tingling in arms or legs and some weakness
- Loss of appetite, feeling sick, inflammation of the liver
- Fast heart beat, mental disturbances, changes in liver function tests, jaundice.