Clofazimine (By mouth)

Introduction

Clofazimine (kloe-FAZ-i-meen)

Treats leprosy (a skin disorder also called Hansen's disease) and other kinds of infections.

Brand Name(s)

Lamprene

There may be other brand names for this medicine.

When This Medicine Should Not Be Used

You should not use this medicine if you have had an allergic reaction to clofazimine.

How to Use This Medicine

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.

How to Store and Dispose of This Medicine

  • Store the capsules at room temperature away from heat, moisture, and direct light.
  • Keep all medicine out of the reach of children.

Drugs and Foods to Avoid

Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.

Warnings While Using This Medicine

  • 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.

Possible Side Effects While Using This Medicine

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
  • Itching
  • Upset stomach
  • Changes in the color of your skin, eyes, urine, sweat, spit, or tears

If you notice other side effects that you think are caused by this medicine, tell your doctor

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088

Version Info

  • Last Reviewed on 06/12/2013

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This page was last updated: June 18, 2013

         
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