ATC Group: J04B Drugs for treatment of lepra
Anatomical Therapeutic Chemical Classification System
Sulfoxone is a competitive inhibitor of bacterial enzyme dihydropteroate synthetase. The normal substrate for the enzyme, para-aminobenzoic acid (PABA) cannot bind as usual. The inhibited reaction is necessary in these organisms for the synthesis of folic acid. Aldesulfone sodium (or sulfoxone) is an antibiotic used in the treatment of leprosy.
Clofazimine is an antimycobacterial drug. Clofazimine exerts a slow bactericidal effect on Mycobacterium leprae (Hansen’s bacillus). Clofazimine inhibits mycobacterial growth and binds preferentially to mycobacterial DNA.