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    Information about Dapsone

    Dapsone uses

    Dapsone is used in the treatment of leprosy and acne.

    How dapsone works

    Dapsone is an anti-leprotic medication. In leprosy, it works by stopping the production of folic acid in certain bacteria, thereby stopping them from growing. In acne, it stops the growth of acne-causing bacteria (P. acnes) and helps reduce redness and swelling associated with acne lesions.

    Common side effects of dapsone

    Oily skin, Dry skin, Application site redness, Skin exfoliation
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    Dr. Sakshi Sharma
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    Dr. Lalit Kanodia
    MD (Pharmacology), MBBS
    Last updated on:
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    Expert advice for Dapsone

    • Dapsone is used in the treatment of leprosy.
    • It may also help with the treatment of acne, when used as a gel
    • Finish the prescribed course, even if you start to feel better. Stopping it early may make the infection come back and harder to treat.
    • Take it in the dose and duration as prescribed by your doctor. 
    • Inform your doctor if your condition does not improve or if  becomes worse.

    Frequently asked questions for Dapsone


    Q. How long does Dapsone takes to work?

    Usually, Dapsone starts working soon after taking it. However, it may take some days to kill all the harmful bacteria and make you feel better.

    Q. What if I don't get better after using Dapsone?

    Inform your doctor if you don't feel better after finishing the full course of treatment. Also, inform him if your symptoms are getting worse while using this medicine.

    Q. Can I stop taking Dapsone when I feel better?

    No, do not stop taking Dapsone and complete the full course of treatment even if you feel better. Your symptoms may improve before infection is completely cured.

    Content on this page was last updated on 22 July, 2019, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)