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Aczone 7.5%

Generic name: dapsone

What is Aczone 7.5%?

Aczone, is a prescription medicine used on the skin (topical) to treat acne in people 12 years and older.
Aczone, has not been studied in children under 12 years of age.

What is the most important information I should know about Aczone 7.5%?

For use on skin only (topical use). Do not use Aczone in your mouth, eyes, or vagina.

What should I tell my healthcare provider before using Aczone 7.5%?

Before you use Aczone, tell your doctor about all of your medical conditions, including if you:

  • have a glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase deficiency (G6PD)
  • have higher than normal levels of methemoglobin in your blood (methemoglobinemia)
  • are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. It is not known if Aczone will harm your unborn baby.
  • are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed. Aczone can pass into your breast milk and may harm your baby. You and your doctor should decide if you will use Aczone, or breastfeed. You should not do both.

Tell your doctor about all the medicines you take, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. Especially, tell your doctor if you are using acne medicines that contain benzoyl peroxide. Use of benzoyl peroxide with Aczone at the same time may cause your skin or facial hair to temporarily turn yellow or orange at the site of application.

How should I use Aczone 7.5%?

  • Use Aczone exactly as your doctor tells you to use it.
  • Apply Aczone one time a day.
  • Gently wash and pat dry the areas of your skin where you will apply Aczone.
  • Apply a pea-sized amount of Aczone in a thin layer to the entire face. A thin layer may also be applied to other affected areas as instructed by your doctor.
  • Rub Aczone in gently and completely.
  • Wash your hands after applying Aczone.
  • If your acne does not get better after using Aczone for 12 weeks, talk to your doctor about continuing treatment.

What are the possible side effects of Aczone 7.5%?

Aczone may cause serious side effects, including:

  • Decrease of oxygen in your blood caused by a certain type of abnormal red blood cell (methemoglobinemia). Stop using Aczone and get medical help right away if your lips, nail beds, or the inside of your mouth turns grey or blue.
  • Breakdown of red blood cells (hemolytic anemia). Some people with G6PD deficiency using Aczone may develop mild hemolytic anemia. Stop using Aczone and tell your doctor right away if you get any of the following signs and symptoms:
    • back pain
    • shortness of breath
    • tiredness or weakness
    • dark brown urine
    • fever
    • yellow or pale skin

The most common side effects of Aczone include dryness and itching of the skin being treated.

These are not all of the possible side effects of Aczone. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

General information about the safe and effective use of Aczone 7.5%

Medicines are sometimes prescribed for purposes other than those listed in a Patient Information leaflet. Do not use Aczone for a condition for which it was not prescribed. Do not give Aczone to other people, even if they have the same symptoms you have. It may harm them. You can ask your doctor or pharmacist for information about Aczone that is written for health professionals.

How should I store Aczone 7.5%?

  • Store Aczone, at room temperature 68ºF to 77ºF (20ºC to 25ºC).
  • Protect Aczone from freezing.

Keep Aczone and all medicines out of the reach of children.

What are the ingredients in Aczone 7.5%?

Active ingredient: dapsone

Inactive ingredients: diethylene glycol monoethyl ether, methylparaben, acrylamide/sodium acryloyldimethyl taurate copolymer, isohexadecane, polysorbate 80, and purified water.

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Source: National Library of Medicine. Last updated May 22, 2018.