Aczone, also known by its generic name dapsone topical, is an anti-infective medicine. Propionibacterium acnes are the bacteria that cause acne breakouts. This medication works by reducing the amount of bacteria present. Doctors may prescribe Aczone for a variety of reasons; however, they prescribe it predominately to treat acne breakouts.
Chemical structure of Aczone (dapsone topical)
Aczone Coupon (Discount Card)
Give the following information to your pharmacist to receive a discount on Aczone.
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Use Aczone as directed by your physician, and read the leaflet and prescription label carefully for further instructions. If you have any questions about how to use the product properly, call your doctor or pharmacist.
Before using Aczone, wash the affected area thoroughly and use a clean towel to pat your skin dry before using a pea-sized amount of medication and applying a thin layer to your skin. Gently and completely rub in the medicine. Aczone is for external use only, so do not allow it to come into direct contact with your mouth or eyes. If it does get into these areas, rinse thoroughly with water.
A patient’s acne generally begins to clear up in fewer than 12 weeks. If your acne does not show signs of improvement, consult your physician.
Dosage and Strength
Aczone comes in a gel, 7.5% form; each gram contains 75mg of dapsone. Doctors can prescribe a range of tube sizes, such as 30 gram, 60 gram and 90 gram pumps.
In addition to Aczone 7.5%, a lower dosage of 5% is available. Dermatologists determine the dosage based on severity of the acne and its response to medication.
Some patients will experience side effects from Aczone. Common side effects include:
For patients who are using topical benzoyl peroxide, there is also a risk of hair and skin discoloration.
In rare cases, patients may experience more severe side effects. Low oxygen in the bloodstream, severe sore throat, unusual thoughts and behavior, pancreas problems, severe skin reaction and back pain, pale or yellowed skin, dark urine, fever and confusion associated with a red blood cell disorder are serious symptoms that patients should not ignore. If you experience any of these symptoms, call your healthcare provider at once.
Aczone may increase a person’s sensitivity to sunlight, so be sure to avoid prolonged exposure to the sun while using this medicine. If sunlight is unavoidable, patients may wear protective clothing to avoid sunburn.
Hives; difficulty breathing; and swelling of the face, lips, throat or tongue are all signs of an allergic reaction. If you show any of these symptoms, call 9-1-1 or get medical help immediately.
In rare cases, Aczone may cause a serious condition known as methemoglobinemia. The risk is higher if you use the following while taking Aczone:
Tell your physician which medicines you use or which you plan to start and stop while undergoing acne treatment.
When using Aczone, you should avoid other topical medications. Additionally, do not use harsh or abrasive soaps on the affected area without consulting your physician. It is possible that other drugs will interact with Aczone, including OTC meds, vitamins and herbal supplements.
Before using Aczone, inform your doctor if you are allergic to dapsone. Additionally, list any allergies you may have. This medicine may have many inactive ingredients, which can trigger allergic reactions in some patients.
If you have a G6PD deficiency or methemoglobinemia, you may be at a higher risk for side effects. Always tell your physician or dermatologist your medical history in advance.
Dapsone can pass into breast milk, so consult with a doctor first if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
Aczone should be stored in its original pump with the lid tightly secured. Do not expose the medicine to sunlight or extreme temperatures. As with all medications, always keep Aczone out of the reach of children.
Aczone’s active ingredient is dapsone. This drug also comes in an oral form to treat skin disorders, lung and brain infections due to HIV and certain immune system disorders. Other topical prescription medications for acne include: