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Clofazimine oral
CLOFAZIMINE - ORAL

Important Note

The following information is intended to supplement, not substitute for, the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacist or other healthcare professional. It should not be construed to indicate that use of the drug is safe, appropriate, or effective for you. Consult your healthcare professional before using this drug.

CLOFAZIMINE - ORAL

(klo-FAZZ-eh-meen)

COMMON BRAND NAME(S): Lamprene

Uses

This medication is used in the treatment of leprosy. It is often taken in combination with other anti-leprosy medication.

How To Use

Take this medication by mouth with food as directed usually once a day. Take this for the full time prescribed. It may be necessary to continue on this medication for 2 to 3 years to ensure treatment is effective. Stopping therapy too soon may result in a relapse.

Side Effects

More common side effects include: loss of appetite, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, dry skin and discoloration (from pink to brownish-black) of the skin, stools, urine, saliva, sweat, tears or lining of the eyelids. Other side effects reported are changes in taste, dry or irritated eyes, headache, fever, increased blood sugar and an increased sensitivity to sunlight. Notify your doctor if any of these symptoms become bothersome. Notify your doctor immediately if any of these less common side effects occur: black or bloody stools, severe stomach pain, yellowing of the skin or eyes, unusual weakness, depression. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

Precautions

Tell your doctor if you have: stomach disorders, any allergies. Use caution driving or operating machinery if this medication makes you drowsy. This medication should be used only if clearly needed during pregnancy. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor. This medication appears in breast milk. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.

Drug Interactions

Tell your doctor of any over-the-counter or prescription medication you may take. Do not start or stop any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval.

Overdose

If overdose is suspected, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately.

Notes

Laboratory tests will be done periodically while taking this medication to monitor its effects. Discoloration of the skin is a temporary condition and will disappear over time after the medication has been stopped.

Missed Dose

If you miss a dose, take it as soon as remembered; do not take it if it is near the time for the next dose, instead, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule. Do not "double-up" the dose to catch up.

Storage

Store at room temperature between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 to 30 degrees C) away from heat and light. Do not store in the bathroom.

Medical Alert

Your condition can cause complications in a medical emergency. For enrollment information call MedicAlert at 1-800-854-1166 (USA), or 1-800-668-1507 (Canada).