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Last Updated: December 14, 2018

Dapsone which is also known as diaminodiphenyl sulfone or DDS for short, is an antibiotic which is commonly used in combination with rifampicin and clofazimine for the treatment of leprosy. It is also used as a second-line medication for the treatment and prevention of pneumocystis pneumonia and also in the prevention of toxoplasmosis in those patients who have poor immune function. In addition, it is also used in the treatment of acne, dermatitis herpetiformis, and other various skin related conditions. Dapsone is available both topically and by mouth. Dapsone via the mouth was one of the first medications used in the treatment of moderate to severe acne, and is still sometimes prescribed for the treatment of severe cases.

Hypersensitivity reactions occur in some patients who are on this medication. This reaction may be more frequent in patients who are receiving multiple-drug therapy. The reaction always involves a rash and may also include fever, jaundice, and eosinophilia. In general, the symptoms should occur within the first six weeks of the treatment or not at all, and may be ameliorated by corticosteroid therapy. The most common side effects of this medication are dose-related hemolysis and methemoglobinemia.

Information given here is based on the salt and content of the medicine. Effect and uses of medicine may vary from person to person. It is advicable to consult a Dermatologist before using this medicine.

  • Nausea

  • Increased Sensitivity To Light

  • Itchy Rash

  • Liver Inflammation

  • Liver Function Abnormal

  • Anemia

  • Dapsone Syndrome

  • Headache

  • Insomnia (Difficulty In Sleeping)

  • Jaundice

  • Loss Of Appetite

  • Tachycardia

  • Nerve Injury

  • Tingling Sensation Of Extremity

  • Vomiting

  • Is It safe with alcohol?

    Interaction with alcohol is unknown. Please consult your doctor.
  • Are there any pregnancy warnings?

    Dapsone 100mg tablet may be unsafe to use during pregnancy.
    Animal studies have shown adverse effects on the foetus, however, there are limited human studies. The benefits from use in pregnant women may be acceptable despite the risk. Please consult your doctor.
  • Are there any breast-feeding warnings?

    Unknown. Human and animal studies are not available. Please consult your doctor.
  • Is it safe to drive while on this medicine?

    There is no interaction between driving and consuming this drug. So dose alteration is not needed.
  • Does this affect kidney function?

    There is no data available. Please consult doctor before consuming the drug.
  • Does this affect liver function?

    There is no data available. Please consult doctor before consuming the drug.

Below is the list of medicines, which contains Dapsone as ingredient

Dapsone is an antibiotic used for the treatment of leprosy. The drug interferes with the bacterial synthesis and the formation of dihydrofolic acid. This replaces the para-aminobenzoate and thus helps reduce the symptoms related to leprosy.

Whenever you take more than one medicine, or mix it with certain foods or beverages, you"re at risk of a drug interaction.

  • Interaction with Medicine

    Montomycin 450Mg Capsule

    Ticin 150Mg Tablet

    Rf Kit

    Monocin 600Mg Tablet

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