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Aczone Gel (Dapsone)


Aczone Gel (Dapsone)

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  • Product Details


    Aczone 7.5% is a prescription gel product used to treat Acne vulgaris in patients 12 years of age and older. Aczone is a topical medication applied to the skin. It should not be ingested or used internally.

    Acne vulgaris is a chronic condition of the skin where pores, where hair follicles reside, become plugged with dead skin cells or oil. Acne vulgaris is the same condition common amongst teenagers and adults.

    Symptoms of acne vulgaris may include inflamed blackheads, pus-filled pimples, and painful red bumps on the face.

    Fact Table




    US FDA


    70 to 80%

    Legal status


    Chemical Name


    Elimination half-life

    20 to 30 hours

    Dosage (Strength)



    Consult Doctor



    Protein binding

    70 to 90%

    PubChem CID






    ATC code






    Routes of administration

    By mouth


    Apply a small amount to the affected area of the face once daily as directed by your physician. Aczone may be used on other parts of the body as directed by a healthcare professional.

    Do not mix Aczone with other topical medications.

    Follow the Aczone gel directions provided by your physician.


    The active ingredient in Aczone is dapsone.

    It is not known how dapsone works to treat acne vulgaris.

    If your acne symptoms do not improve within 12 weeks after starting Aczone, talk to your doctor. You may need to try a different medication.


    Common drug-drug interactions with Aczone may include:

    • Anesthetics
    • Benzoyl peroxide
    • Methemoglobinemia
    • Nitric oxide
    • Prilocaine
    • Sodium nitrite
    • Trimethoprim

    Tell your doctor about any new medications you start while taking Aczone or other prescription medications. 


    Tell your doctor if you have a history of Glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase (G6PD) deficiency before you start using Aczone. Aczone may worsen a condition called hemolysis.

    Tell your doctor if you have a history of methemoglobinemia. Aczone has been known to rarely cause this condition.

    Side Effects

    Some of the common Aczone gel side effects of Aczone may include:

    • Application site rash
    • Erythematous rash
    • Facial edema
    • Lip edema
    • Periorbital swelling
    • Sinusitis
    • Skin rash


    Aczone [package insert]. Irvine, CA: Allergan; 2016.

    Frequently Asked Questions about Aczone Gel (Dapsone)

    What is Aczone Gel (Dapsone)?

    Aczone Gel, also known by its generic name Dapsone, is a topical medication used to treat acne. It belongs to a class of drugs called sulfone antibiotics.

    How does Aczone Gel work for acne?

    Aczone Gel works by reducing inflammation and targeting the bacteria associated with acne. It helps to clear existing acne lesions and prevent new ones from forming.

    Who can use Aczone Gel for acne treatment?

    Aczone Gel is typically prescribed for individuals aged 12 years and older who have acne vulgaris.

    Is Aczone Gel suitable for all types of acne?

    Aczone Gel is primarily used for the treatment of acne vulgaris. Your healthcare provider will determine if it's an appropriate treatment option based on your specific type and severity of acne.

    Are there any common side effects of Aczone Gel?

    Common side effects of Aczone Gel may include dryness, redness, itching, or peeling of the skin at the application site. If you experience severe or unusual side effects, consult your healthcare provider.

    How should I apply Aczone Gel?

    Aczone Gel is typically applied to the affected areas of the skin once daily. Follow the instructions provided by your healthcare provider, and make sure your skin is clean and dry before application.

    Can I use Aczone Gel during pregnancy or while breastfeeding?

    It's important to discuss the use of Aczone Gel during pregnancy or while breastfeeding with your healthcare provider. They can provide guidance on potential risks and benefits.

    How long does it take to see results with Aczone Gel?

    The time it takes to see noticeable improvements in your acne can vary. Some individuals may see results within a few weeks, while others may require more time. Consistent use is important.

    Can Aczone Gel be used in combination with other acne treatments?

    Your healthcare provider may recommend using Aczone Gel in combination with other acne treatments, such as topical or oral medications, to enhance its effectiveness.

    Is regular follow-up with a healthcare provider necessary while using Aczone Gel?

    Yes, regular follow-up appointments with your healthcare provider are important while using Aczone Gel. They can monitor your progress, assess the treatment's effectiveness, and make any necessary adjustments.

    IMPORTANT NOTE: The above information is intended to increase awareness of health information and does not suggest treatment or diagnosis. This information is not a substitute for individual medical attention and should not be construed to indicate that use of the drug is safe, appropriate, or effective for you. See your health care professional for medical advice and treatment.

    Product Code : 12154

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