July 27, 2016
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Aczone Gel

"The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Differin Gel 0.1% (adapalene), a once-daily topical gel for the over-the-counter (OTC) treatment of acne. Differin Gel 0.1% is approved for use in people 12 years of age and older.



Aczone Gel


(dapsone) Gel, 5%

Important: For use on skin only (topical use). Do not use ACZONE® Gel, 5% in or on your mouth, eyes, or vagina.

What is ACZONE® Gel, 5%?

ACZONE® Gel, 5% is a prescription medicine used on your skin (topical) to treat acne vulgaris.

ACZONE® Gel has not been studied in children under 12 years of age.

Before using ACZONE® Gel, 5%, tell your doctor about all of your medical conditions, including if you:

  • Have glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase deficiency (G6PD)
  • Have higher than normal levels of methemoglobin in your blood (methemoglobinemia)
  • Are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. It is not known if ACZONE® Gel, 5 % will harm your unborn baby.
  • Are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed. ACZONE® Gel, 5% can pass into your breast milk and may harm your baby.
  • You and your doctor should decide if you will use ACZONE® Gel, 5% or breastfeed. You should not do both.

Tell your doctor about all the medicines you take, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. Especially tell your doctor if you are using acne medicines that contain benzoyl peroxide. Use of benzoyl peroxide with ACZONE® Gel, 5% at the same time may cause your skin or facial hair to temporarily turn yellow or orange at the site of application.

How should I use ACZONE® Gel, 5%?

  • Use ACZONE® Gel, 5% exactly as your doctor tells you.
  • Apply ACZONE® Gel, 5% twice a day.
  • Gently wash and pat dry the areas of your skin where you will apply ACZONE® Gel, 5%.
  • Apply a pea-sized amount of ACZONE® Gel, 5% in a thin layer to the areas of your skin that have acne.
  • Rub ACZONE® Gel, 5% in gently and completely. It may feel gritty and you may see particles in the gel.
  • Make sure to put the cap back on the ACZONE® Gel tube. Close it tightly.
  • Wash your hands after applying ACZONE® Gel, 5%.
  • Do not swallow ACZONE® Gel. If you swallow ACZONE® Gel, call your doctor or poison control center right away.
  • If your acne does not get better after using ACZONE® Gel, 5% for 12 weeks, talk to your doctor about continuing treatment.

What are the possible side effects of ACZONE® Gel, 5%?

ACZONE® Gel, 5% may cause serious side effects, including:

  • Decrease of oxygen in your blood caused by a certain type of abnormal red blood cell methemoglobinemia). Stop using ACZONE® Gel, 5% and get medical help right away if your lips, nail beds, or the inside of your mouth turns grey or blue.
  • Breakdown of red blood cells (hemolytic anemia). Some people with G6PD deficiency using ACZONE® Gel, 5% have developed mild hemolytic anemia. Stop using ACZONE® Gel, 5% and tell your doctor right away if you get any of the following signs and symptoms:
    • back pain
    • shortness of breath
    • tiredness or weakness
    • dark brown urine
    • fever
    • yellow or pale skin

The most common side effects of ACZONE® Gel, 5% include oiliness, peeling, dryness, and redness of the skin being treated.

These are not all of the possible side effects of ACZONE® Gel, 5%. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

How should I store ACZONE® Gel, 5%?

  • Store ACZONE® Gel, 5% at room temperature 68°F to 77°F (20°C to 25°C).
  • Protect ACZONE® Gel, 5% from freezing.

Keep ACZONE® Gel, 5% and all medicines out of the reach of children.

General information about the safe and effective use of ACZONE® Gel, 5%?

Medicines are sometimes prescribed for purposes other than those listed in a Patient Information leaflet. Do not use ACZONE® Gel, 5% for a condition for which it was not prescribed. Do not give ACZONE® Gel, 5% to other people, even if they have the same symptoms that you have. It may harm them. You can ask your pharmacist or doctor for information about ACZONE® Gel, 5% that is written for health professionals.

What are the ingredients in ACZONE® Gel, 5%?

Active ingredient: dapsone

Inactive ingredients: carbomer homopolymer type C, diethylene glycol monoethyl ether, methylparaben, sodium hydroxide, and purified water, USP.

Last reviewed on RxList: 2/4/2016
This monograph has been modified to include the generic and brand name in many instances.

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