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27 September 2013

Dapsone

Dapsone is an anti-leprotic. Anti-leprotics are drugs that are used for the treatment of leprosy.

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Dapsone is the active ingredient of Lennon Dapsone (Nappi Code: 717460-002).

General information
Dapsone is an anti-leprotic. Anti-leprotics are drugs that are used for the treatment of leprosy.

In South Africa Dapsone is registered for the treatment of leprosy, also for the treatment of an itchy blistering rash due to gluten allergy called dermatitis herpetiformis, and for the prevention of malaria when used in conjunction with some other drugs.

To help clear up your infection completely, keep taking this medicine for the full time of the treatment. Do not stop taking it without consulting your doctor. If you stop taking this medicine too soon, your symptoms may return.

This medicine works best when there is a constant level of it in the blood. To help keep the amount constant, do not miss any doses.

How does dapsone work?
Dapsone works by blocking the production of DNA thereby inhibiting the infecting organism to reproduce. As a result the spread of the infection is stopped.

Fast facts

Drug schedule: schedule 4
Available as: dapsone is available as tablets
What does it do? dapsone is used for the treatment of leprosy.
Overdose risk: low
Dependence risk: low
Is dapsone available as a generic? No
Is dapsone available on prescription only? yes

User information

Stopping this medicine: do not stop taking dapsone without consulting your doctor. If you stop taking this medicine too soon, your symptoms may return.

Special precautions
Consult your doctor before using this drug if:

  • you have a heart disease

  • you have a lung disease

  • you have anaemia

  • you have porphyria

  • you are allergic to sulphonamides

Pregnancy: avoid. Potential risk to the foetus has been reported. Consult your doctor before use, or if you are planning to fall pregnant.
Breastfeeding: avoid. It is unknown how this medication may affect your baby. Consult your doctor before use.
Porphyria: avoid. It is unknown how this medication may affect your condition. Consult your doctor before use.
Infants and children: this medication is safe for use in children at the recommended dose.
The elderly: no special precautions need to be taken.

Possible side effects

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Side Effect

Frequency
Consult your doctor

Common
Rare
Only if severe
In all cases

headache

X
X

insomnia

X
X

blurred vision

X
X

nausea and vomiting

X
X

loss of appetite

X
X

skin rash/itch

X
X

yellow tinge to skin and eyes

X
X

Interactions

oral contraceptives contraceptive failure
probenecid increased risk of dapsone toxicity
trimethoprin increased risk of dapsone toxicity

Disease interactions
Consult your doctor before using this drug if you have a heart disease, lung disease, anaemia or if you have porphyria.

Overdose action
A small overdose is no cause for concern. In case of intentional large overdose seek emergency medical attention.

This material is not intended to substitute medical advice, but is for informational purposes only. Please consult a physician for specific treatment and recommendations.
 
 

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