GENERIC NAME: CLOFAZIMINE - ORAL (klo-FAZZ-eh-meen)
BRAND NAME(S): Lamprene
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.
OVERDOSE: If overdose is suspected, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately. US residents can call the US national poison hotline at 1-800-222-1222. Canadian residents should call their local poison control center directly.
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).
Summarypregnancy safety information for this Hansen's disease drug.
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