GENERIC NAME: CLOFAZIMINE - ORAL (klo-FAZZ-eh-meen)
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.
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