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   Avlosulfon

Avlosulfon
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This medication is used to treat a certain type of skin disorder (dermatitis herpetiformis). It is also used with other drugs to treat Hansen's disease. Dapsone belongs to a class of drugs known as sulfones. It works by decreasing swelling (inflammation) and stopping the growth of bacteria.This medication will not work for viral infections (e.g., common cold, flu). Unnecessary use or misuse of any antibiotic can lead to its decreased effectiveness.This drug may also be used to treat or prevent a certain lung infection due to HIV (pneumocystis pneumonia), to prevent a certain brain infection due to HIV (toxoplasmosis), and to treat skin conditions in certain immune system disorders (e.g., systemic lupus erythematosus-SLE).

 
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Avlosulfon

Uses
This medication is used to treat a certain type of skin disorder (dermatitis herpetiformis). It is also used with other drugs to treat Hansen's disease. Dapsone belongs to a class of drugs known as sulfones. It works by decreasing swelling (inflammation) and stopping the growth of bacteria.This medication will not work for viral infections (e.g., common cold, flu). Unnecessary use or misuse of any antibiotic can lead to its decreased effectiveness.This drug may also be used to treat or prevent a certain lung infection due to HIV (pneumocystis pneumonia), to prevent a certain brain infection due to HIV (toxoplasmosis), and to treat skin conditions in certain immune system disorders (e.g., systemic lupus erythematosus-SLE).
Notes
  • Do not share this medication with others.Laboratory and/or medical tests (e.g., complete blood counts/platelets, liver function tests) should be performed periodically to monitor your progress or check for side effects.
  • Consult your doctor for more details.Iron, folic acid, and vitamin C might reduce the risk of developing a certain serious side effect (anemia).
  • Ask your doctor for more details.If you are using dapsone for dermatitis herpetiformis, a gluten-free diet may improve the condition.
  • Consult your doctor for more information.

Storage
  • Store at room temperature between 68-77 degrees F (20-25 degrees C) away from light and moisture.
  • Do not store in the bathroom.
  • Keep all medicines away from children and pets.

Overdose
  • Symptoms of overdose may include: seizures, bluish skin (cyanosis), sudden vision changes, sudden loss of vision.

How To Use
  • Take this medication by mouth with or without food, usually once daily or as directed by your doctor.Medications for heartburn/reducing stomach acid (e.g., large amounts of antacids, ranitidine, famotidine), or didanosine may prevent full absorption of dapsone into your bloodstream, possibly reducing its effectiveness.
  • Therefore, separate your dose of dapsone from your doses of any of these products by at least 2 hours.
  • Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more details.If you are taking dapsone for a skin disorder, your doctor may start you on a low dose of dapsone and gradually adjust your dose to control your disease.
  • If you are taking this medication to treat Hansen's disease or to prevent infections due to HIV, the drug is usually taken for years or for life.Dosage is based on your medical condition and response to treatment.
  • In children, the dosage is also based on age and weight.Use this medication regularly to get the most benefit from it.
  • To help you remember, take it at the same time each day.Tell your doctor if your condition worsens.

Side Effects
  • Nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, dizziness, or blurred vision may occur.
  • If any of these effects persist or worsen, tell your doctor or pharmacist promptly.Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects.
  • Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.Tell your doctor immediately if any of these unlikely but serious side effects occur: unusually fast heartbeat, unusually fast breathing, bluish lips/skin, chest pain, mental/mood changes, difficulty urinating.This drug may rarely cause very serious low blood counts (bone marrow suppression) or liver disease.
  • Seek immediate medical attention if you develop signs of an infection (e.g., fever, chills, persistent sore throat), easy bruising/bleeding, unusual tiredness, pale skin, yellowing eyes/skin, dark urine, stomach/abdominal pain.Dapsone can commonly cause a rash that is usually not serious.
  • However, you may not be able to tell it apart from a rare rash that could be a sign of a severe reaction.
  • Therefore, seek immediate medical attention if you develop any rash.A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare.
  • However, seek immediate medical attention if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching, swelling, severe dizziness, trouble breathing.If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

Precautions
  • Before taking dapsone, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or to similar drugs such as sulfoxone; or if you have any other allergies.This medication should not be used if you have a certain medical condition.
  • Before using this medicine, consult your doctor or pharmacist if you have: severe anemia.Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: certain blood disorders (e.g., G6PD deficiency, methemoglobin reductase deficiency), liver disease, severe heart disease, severe lung disease, serious infection, very high blood sugar (diabetic ketosis).If using this drug to treat Hansen's disease, note that as your immune system helps fight the infection, you may notice skin sores worsening, and numbness/pain/tingling or muscle weakness.
  • This may require special treatment, so tell your doctor immediately if these symptoms occur.This drug may make you dizzy.
  • Use caution while driving, using machinery, or doing any activity that requires alertness.
  • Limit alcoholic beverages.During pregnancy, this medication should be used only when clearly needed.
  • Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.Dapsone passes into breast milk and could have undesirable effects on a nursing infant (e.g., anemia).
  • Therefore, breast-feeding is not recommended while using this drug.
  • Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.

Missed Dose
  • If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember.
  • If it is near the time of the next dose, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule.
  • Do not double the dose to catch up.

Drug Interactions
  • Your doctor or pharmacist may already be aware of any possible drug interactions and may be monitoring you for them.
  • Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicine before checking with your doctor or pharmacist first.Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist of all prescription and nonprescription/herbal products you may use, especially of: folic acid antagonists (such as pyrimethamine), nitrofurantoin, primaquine.This medication may decrease the effectiveness of combination-type birth control pills.
  • This can result in pregnancy.
  • You may need to use an additional form of reliable birth control while using this medication.
  • Consult your doctor or pharmacist for details.

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