Aczone

(dapsone)

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Treats acne.

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Aczone (dapsone) is a highly safe and effective topical treatment for moderate to severe forms of acne, but may be expensive.

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    $85.00
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Quick facts about Aczone
  • Drug class: Dermatologic
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: No lower cost generic available

Upsides

  • Topical application is safe and easy.
  • Works well with minimal side effects.
  • Once or twice-daily dosing is available for administration that fits your schedule.
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Downsides

  • Aczone (dapsone) may not be right for you if you take certain medications or have certain blood conditions.
  • No generic available so it may be expensive.
  • Results may take up to 12 weeks to be noticed.
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How it works

Aczone (dapsone) is an antibiotic. It is unknown how it helps with acne, but it likely lowers the amount of acne-causing bacteria on the skin.

Quick facts about Aczone
  • Drug class: Dermatologic
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: No lower cost generic available

Dosage forms

  • Gel
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What to expect when you take Aczone (dapsone) for Acne

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  • Possible side effects
  • Application site irritation
  • Head cold
  • Headache
  • Cough
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Side effect rates for Aczone (dapsone)

From 3479 clinical trials of Aczone when taken for acne (5% gel)
  • Application site reaction
    18%18%
    20%20%
  • Application site dryness
    16%16%
    17%17%
  • Mild skin dryness
    14%14%
    14%14%
  • Mild oiliness or peeling
    13%13%
    15%15%
  • Application site redness
    13%13%
    14%14%
  • Mild skin irritation
    9%9%
    9%9%
  • Moderate oiliness or peeling
    6%6%
    6%6%
  • Moderate skin irritation
    5%5%
    6%6%
  • Stuffy nose and throat
    5%5%
    6%6%
  • Headache
    4%4%
    4%4%
  • Moderate skin dryness
    3%3%
    4%4%
  • Head cold
    3%3%
    3%3%
  • Swollen sinuses
    2%2%
    1%1%
  • Throat swelling
    2%2%
    2%2%
  • Cough
    2%2%
    2%2%
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Risks and Warnings for Aczone (dapsone)

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    • Higher risk if:
    • G6PD deficiency
    • Congenital or Idiopathic methemoglobinemia
    • Other methemoglobin-inducing agents

    Aczone (dapsone) may cause a rare condition called methemoglobinemia, which will result in lowering of your red blood cell count. This condition is more likely if you have glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase (G6PD) deficiency in your red blood cells. Seek medical help immediately if you notice your lips or nails turning blue.