In general, Lamprene (clofazimine) is well tolerated when administered in dosages no greater than 100 mg daily. The most consistent adverse reactions are usually dose related and are usually reversible when Lamprene (clofazimine) is discontinued.
Adverse Reactions Occurring In More Than 1% of Patients
Skin: Pigmentation from pink to brownish-black in 75%-100% of the patients within a few weeks of treatment; ichthyosis and dryness (8%-28%); rash and pruritus (1%-5%).
Gastrointestinal: Abdominal and epigastric pain, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, gastrointestinal intolerance (40%-50%).
Ocular: Conjunctival and corneal pigmentation due to clofazimine crystal deposits; dryness; burning; itching; irritation.
Other: Discoloration of urine, feces, sputum, sweat; elevated blood sugar; elevated ESR.
Adverse Reactions Occurring In Less Than 1% of Patients
Skin:Phototoxicity, erythroderma, acneiform eruptions, monilial cheilosis.
Gastrointestinal:Bowel obstruction (see WARNINGS), gastrointestinal bleeding (see WARNINGS), anorexia, constipation, weight loss, hepatitis, jaundice, eosinophilic enteritis, enlarged liver.
Ocular: Diminished vision.
Nervous: Dizziness, drowsiness, fatigue, headache, giddiness, neuralgia, taste disorder.
Psychiatric:Depression secondary to skin discoloration; two suicides have been reported.
Laboratory: Elevated levels of albumin, serum bilirubin, and AST (SGOT); eosinophilia; hypokalemia.
Other:Splenic infarction (see WARNINGS), thromboembolism, anemia, cystitis, bone pain, edema, fever, lymphadenopathy, vascular pain.