Hydroquinone - Drug InformationGeneric Name : Hydroquinone | Pronunciation : hye-droe-KWIN-own
International :Esoterica and Melquin
Why it is prescribed (Indications) :
This medication is an aromatic organic compound, prescribed for hyper-pigmented skin conditions (dark patches). It works by inhibiting an enzyme reaction in skin cells.
When it is not to be taken (Contraindications):
It is contraindicated in pregnant women and patients with hypersensitivity.
Pregnancy Category :
Category C :Animal reproduction studies have shown an adverse effect on the fetus and there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in humans, but potential benefits may warrant use of the drug in pregnant women despite potential risks.
Dosage & When it is to be taken :
Adult: Topical- As 2-4% preparation: Apply twice daily.
How it should be taken :
It comes as a cream to apply topically.
Warnings and Precautions :Caution should be exercised in patients with history of asthma, any allergy, elderly, children, during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
Avoid contact with eyes.
Avoid using this cream on irritated or injured skin.
Avoid co-administration with products containing hydrogen peroxide or benzoyl peroxide.
Patient may develop with increased risk of allergic reactions, if it so consult with your doctor.
Side Effects :
Local- Mild burning, stinging, redness, dryness, itching, pimples, rash and burning.
Miscellaneous- Tingling, hard skin and increased sensitivity.