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Description

Aczone (known generically as dapsone) is a sulfone antibiotic for dermatologic use. It is a gel, white in color and is available only in 5.00% 60gram bottles.

This medication is used to help treat acne in patients 12 years and up. A person with acne with have whiteheads (plugged pores that are closed), blackheads (open plugged pores), small red and tender bumps (medically referred to as papules) and papules with pus at their tips (more commonly known as pimples).

It is currently unkown exactly how dapsone works, but it helps by decreasing the amount of pimples and any pimples that do occur will heal quicker than normal.

A less common use of aczone is minimizing the appearance of scars on the skin.

 

Directions

  • Wash and dry your face
  • Apply a pea sized amount of gel in a thin layer to the entire face. Do this once daily
  • You can apply a thin layer to other parts of the body where it is needed
  • Gently massage gel into the skin

If there is no sign of improvement within 12 weeks of treatment, the use of this medication on the in particular patient should be reassessed.

Use this product regularly to get the most results.

Using an extra amount of gel will not speed up the process of the treatment and increase your chance of side effects.

Cautions

Do not use this product if you are allergic to dapsone.

It is unkown if it will harm an unborn baby, consult your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to be.

Dapsone can pass into breast milk and may harm a nursing baby, do not breast feed while using this product.

This product is not approved for use by anyone under the age of 12 years old.

If you develop a rash, contact your doctor immediately as in some cases dapsone has led to serious-even fatal- skin reactions.

 

Tell your doctor if you have;

  • glucose 6-phosphate dehydrogenase (G6PD) deficiency;
  • a blood disorder called methemoglobinemia (abnormal red blood cells in your blood); or
  • ever had methemoglobinemia in the past.

Side Effects

Call your doctor as soon as possible if you have:

  • severe sore throat;
  • unusual thoughts or behavior;
  • a red blood cell disorder - back pain, pale or yellowed skin, dark colored urine, fever, confusion or weakness;
  • pancreas problems - severe pain in your upper stomach spreading to your back, nausea and vomiting, fast heart rate; or
  • severe skin reaction - fever, sore throat, swelling in your face or tongue, burning in your eyes, skin pain followed by a red or purple skin rash that spreads (especially in the face or upper body) and causes blistering and peeling.

Common Aczone side effects may include:

  • dry or peeling skin;
  • oily skin;
  • redness where the medicine was applied;
  • Bluish-colored lips, fingernails, or palms;
  • dark urine;
  • difficult breathing;
  • dizziness or lightheadedness;
  • pale skin;
  • rapid heart rate or;
  • unusual bleeding or bruising.

FAQs

What is Dapsone?

Dapsone, sold as the brand-name medication Aczone gel, is a topical antibiotic. Each bottle of the medical gel contains 5% of Dapsone which is commonly applied directly to the face. A valid prescription is required to obtain this medication which can be purchased at My Drug Center. We carry the brand-name product, available in 60 gram bottles.

 

What is Dapsone used for?

Dapsone, or Aczone gel, is used for the treatment of acne. Acne is commonly characterized by small red, tender bumps called papules and is commonly a result of excess oil production, clogged hair follicles, bacteria, or excess activity of androgens (hormones). Sometimes the red bumps can contain pus at their tips; these are called pimples (also known as pustules). Acne can also be in the form of open or closed comedones, which are also known as whiteheads (closed plugged pores) and blackheads (open plugged pores); although Dapsone can treat comedones (a non-inflammatory lesion), it is more effective at treating inflammatory lesions (like papules and pustules). Additionally, acne can also form as nodules, which are large solid and painful lumps beneath the surface of the skin, which is considered an inflammatory lesion treatable with Dapsone. Using Dapsone can help reduce the severity of your acne and can help encourage faster healing of acne that does manage to develop.

 

How does Dapsone work?

The exact mechanism of Dapsone for acne is unknown. It has shown to be effective in decreasing swelling (also known as inflammation) and preventing the growth of bacteria. It is thought to work by inhibiting nucleic acid synthesis.

 

How to use Aczone gel?

Use this medication exactly as directed by your doctor; do not use more or less of the medication, or for longer than directed. Before applying the medication, you should ensure you have washed and dried both your hands and the affected area. Apply the gel – a pea-sized amount – and gently rub it in. Your doctor will determine how many times per day you should use the medication based off the severity of your condition. Be careful not to get the medication in your eyes or mouth or on or around your lips.

 

How much is Aczone gel without insurance?

Aczone gel is an expensive medication in general but especially for those without insurance. In the United States, the brand-name product isn’t generally covered by Medicare, so vast majority of patients are stuck paying the entire amount; and though the generic form is cheaper in cost, it is still fairly expensive and not covered by Medicare either, making this medication high in cost in both the brand and generic forms. However, the price of most medications, including is Aczone gel, will fluctuate depending on the location of the pharmacy. For example, international prices at My Drug Center can be found for much lower than prices found in the United States. At My Drug Center, we offer the brand-name product for $75.00 when you buy a 60 gram bottle supply. This price is much cheaper when compared to local pharmacies in the United States; a 60 gram bottle of the brand-name Aczone gel would cost (on average) more than 11 times as much with a 60 gram bottle of the generic Dapsone gel costing about 6.5 times as much (on average).

 

Where to buy Aczone gel?

You can purchase the brand-name product Aczone gel from the comfort of your own home through My Drug Center. Online Canadian Pharmacy services like My Drug Center make it possible for you to order medication internationally without having to leave your home. Additionally, international prices are commonly much cheaper than what you would generally find at local United States pharmacies. So not only is filling your prescription through My Drug Center easy, but also easier on the wallet. You can place an order by calling our toll free number of 1-877-385-8998; keep in mind, you will require a valid prescription for this medication.