Clofazimine is used to treat some forms of leprosy. It is also sometimes used for other conditions.
Take clofazimine regularly as directed with food and a glass of water.
Keep taking clofazimine until the course is finished, even when you start to feel better.
If it is nearly time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take your next dose at the usual time. Otherwise, take the missed dose as soon as you remember. Do not take two doses at the same time.
If you are taking clofazimine in a combination pack with dapsone and rifampicin and you forget a dose, contact your health professional for further advice.
Tell your pharmacist or doctor about all medicines or treatments that you may be taking, including vitamins, herbal products or recreational drugs.
|Side Effects||Recommended action|
|This may occasionally be serious; tell your doctor immediately|
Change in skin and eye colour (pink, red, brown, black)
|Will return to normal after you stop taking it, but can take several months or years|
Nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea
Itching, skin rash
|Tell your doctor if troublesome|
|Moisturise your skin regularly and tell your doctor if troublesome|
Change in colour (pink, red, brown, black) of bowel motions and body fluids (e.g. tears, sweat, saliva)
|This is harmless|
If you notice any other effects, discuss them with your doctor or pharmacist.
This leaflet contains important, but not all, information about this medicine.
Prepared by the PILs Committee at Christchurch Hospital, Canterbury District Health Board, New Zealand. September 2018
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