CLOFAZIMINE (Oral) (Capsule)
CLOFAZIMINE (Oral) (Capsule) Drug and Prescription Information
CLOFAZIMINE (Oral) (Capsule)
CLOFAZIMINE (Oral) (Capsule) Medication Classification
CLOFAZIMINE (By mouth)
CLOFAZIMINE (Oral) (Capsule) Brandname
CLOFAZIMINE (Oral) (Capsule) is used for the Treatment
Clofazimine (kloe-FA-zi-meen) Treats leprosy (a kind of skin disorder that is also called Hansen's disease) and other kinds of infections.
When To Not Use CLOFAZIMINE (Oral) (Capsule)
You should not use this medicine if you have had an allergic reaction to clofazimine.
How Should You Use CLOFAZIMINE (Oral) (Capsule)
- Your doctor will tell you how much medicine to take and how often.
- Take this medicine with food to help avoid an upset stomach.
- This medicine should be taken on a regular schedule. Keep taking the medicine for as long as your doctor ordered. If you are taking the medicine for leprosy, you may need to take it for about 3 years. If a dose is missed:
- Take the missed dose as soon as possible, unless it is almost time for your next dose.
- Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next regular dose.
- You should not use two doses at the same time.
Proper CLOFAZIMINE (Oral) (Capsule) Storage
Store CLOFAZIMINE (Oral) (Capsule) at room temperature away from sunlight and moisture unless otherwise stated by manufacturer's instructions or labelling. Keep CLOFAZIMINE (Oral) (Capsule) and all medications out of the reach of children.
What To Avoid While Using CLOFAZIMINE (Oral) (Capsule)Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.
CLOFAZIMINE (Oral) (Capsule) Warnings
- This medicine may turn your skin pink, red, or brownish-black. After you stop taking the medicine, your skin color should change back to its regular color, but this may take months or years. If you have questions about this, talk with your doctor.
- Clofazimine may also turn your sweat, tears, spit, urine, bowel movements, and the whites of your eyes red or brownish-black.
- If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, talk to your doctor before taking this medicine. This medicine taken during a pregnancy may cause a baby's skin to change color. The baby's skin may change back to its regular color after about a year.
- Make sure your doctor knows if you have stomach or bowel problems (such as diarrhea, colitis, or severe stomach pain) before taking clofazimine.
- This medicine may make your skin sensitive to sunlight and cause a rash or sunburn. Try to avoid being in direct sunlight for long periods. Protect your skin with clothing and a strong sunscreen when outside. Avoid tanning booths or sunlamps.
- If the medicine makes your skin rough or dry, try using oil or lotion on your skin.
CLOFAZIMINE (Oral) (Capsule) Side Effects
Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:
- Bloody or black bowel movements
- Yellowing of your skin or eyes
- Severe stomach pain, cramps, or burning
- Severe nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea
- Depressed mood or thoughts of hurting yourself If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:
- Dry scaly skin
- Upset stomach
- Changes in the color of your skin, eyes, urine, sweat, spit, or tears