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Often used for:
Dapsone is a medication used to prevent or treat Pneumocystis pneumonia (also known as PCP or PJP pneumonia). PCP/PJP pneumonia is a lung infection caused by the fungus Pneumocystis jirovecii. Patients with weak immune systems are at highest risk. Dapsone is usually given to patients who cannot take Sulfamethoxazole/Trimethoprim (SMX/TMP, Bactrim®, Septra®).
Dapsone is also used to treat certain skin problems.
Before starting dapsone, patients may be tested for low levels of an enzyme called G6PD. A G6PD deficiency can cause break down of red blood cells with some medicines.
Patients receiving dapsone may have regular blood draws to check blood counts and monitor liver function.
May be given as a tablet by mouth
May be given as a liquid by mouth
Not all patients who take dapsone will experience these side effects. Common side effects are in bold, but there may be others. Please report all suspected side effects to your doctor or pharmacist.
Be sure to discuss these and other recommendations with your doctor or pharmacist.