Dapsone (Dantrolene Sodium) is used to treat a certain type of skin disorder (dermatitis herpetiformis). It is also used with other drugs to treat Hansen`s disease. This drug 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.
If you are taking this medicine for a skin disorder, your physician 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.
- 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 (Dantrolene Sodium) should only be used as instructed and prescribed by your physician or pharmacist. Do not alter your dosage unless specifically instructed to do so by either of the above. Dosage and usage often depends on the severity of the condition, as well as the patient`s medical history and current health condition.
Before you begin using this medication, ensure your physician is aware of the following:
- If you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
- If you have any allergies.
- If you have any other illnesses, disorders, or medical conditions.
- If you are using any other drugs or medication.
- If you are using any vitamins or supplements.