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ˈdæp soʊndap·sone

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. dapsonenoun

    antibacterial drug used to treat leprosy and some kinds of skin diseases


  1. dapsonenoun

    A drug, 4-[(4-aminobenzene)sulfonyl]aniline, used in the treatment of leprosy and similar infections


  1. Dapsone

    Dapsone, also known as 4,4'-sulfonyldianiline (SDA) or diaminodiphenyl sulfone (DDS), is an antibiotic commonly used in combination with rifampicin and clofazimine for the treatment of leprosy. It is a second-line medication for the treatment and prevention of pneumocystis pneumonia and for the prevention of toxoplasmosis in those who have poor immune function. Additionally, it has been used for acne, dermatitis herpetiformis, and various other skin conditions. Dapsone is available both topically and by mouth.Severe side effects may include a decrease in blood cells, red blood cell breakdown especially in those with glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase deficiency (G-6-PD), or hypersensitivity. Common side effects include nausea and loss of appetite. Other side effects include liver inflammation, methemoglobinemia, and a number of types of skin rashes. While the safety of use during pregnancy is not entirely clear some physicians recommend that it be continued in those with leprosy. It is of the sulfone class.Dapsone was first studied as an antibiotic in 1937. Its use for leprosy began in 1945. It is on the World Health Organization's List of Essential Medicines. The form, which is taken by mouth, is available as a generic drug and not very expensive.


  1. dapsone

    Dapsone is a type of medication that is primarily used to treat leprosy, and as a second-line treatment for a variety of skin diseases, such as dermatitis herpetiformis and certain types of vasculitis. It belongs to the class of drugs known as sulfones. It works by reducing inflammation and killing bacteria that cause certain diseases. However, due to its potential side effects, it is typically used only for severe or resistant cases where other treatments have failed.


  1. Dapsone

    Dapsone is an antibacterial most commonly used in combination with rifampicin and clofazimine as multidrug therapy for the treatment of Mycobacterium leprae infections. It is also second-line treatment for prophylaxis against Pneumocystis pneumonia caused by Pneumocystis jirovecii in HIV patients in whom CD4 counts are below 200/mm³. Dapsone is an odorless white to creamy-white crystalline powder with a slightly bitter taste, used in combination with pyrimethamine in the treatment of malaria. Dapsone is commercially available in both topical and oral formulations. Topical dapsone is available in a 5% gel formulation that is sold under the brand name Aczone and is produced by Allergan. Oral dapsone is also available but is less commonly used than other sulfonamide antibiotics, many of which have a lower incidence of adverse effects.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Dapsone

    A sulfone active against a wide range of bacteria but mainly employed for its actions against MYCOBACTERIUM LEPRAE. Its mechanism of action is probably similar to that of the SULFONAMIDES which involves inhibition of folic acid synthesis in susceptible organisms. It is also used with PYRIMETHAMINE in the treatment of malaria. (From Martindale, The Extra Pharmacopoeia, 30th ed, p157-8)

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of dapsone in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of dapsone in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

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