Dapsone (Aczone)

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General information

Class/mechanism: Antibacterial, inhibits bacterial synthesis of dihydrofolic acid, via competition with para-aminobenzoate for the active site of dihydropteroate synthetase.
Route: PO
Extravasation: N/A

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Diseases for which it is used

No known antineoplastic properties. Used as an alternative to Trimethoprim-Sulfamethoxazole (Bactrim DS) or Pentamidine (Nebupent) for PCP/PJP prophylaxis.

Also known as

  • Brand name: Aczone