Hydroquinone - Drug Information

Generic Name : Hydroquinone | Pronunciation : hye-droe-KWIN-own

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Latest prescription information about Hydroquinone. Learn how to pronounce the drug's name, its indications, dosage, how to take, when to take, when not to take, side effects, special precautions, its storage instructions and warnings if any when taken during pregnancy. Also listed are the International and Indian trade name(s) of the drug and its price list.
ICD Code : Y56.9 | Therapeutic Classification : Miscellaneous Dermatologicals
Drug Information

Trade Name(s): 

India : 


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 : 

- Mild burning, stinging, redness, dryness, itching, pimples, rash and burning.

- Tingling, hard skin and increased sensitivity.

Other Precautions : 

Stop the medication if there is no improvement after 2 months of treatment.

Storage Conditions : 

Store it at room temperature (20°-25°C), keep away from light and moisture.


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i want to use melalite forte at night to remove tan and apply sunscreen in d morn for a fairer complexion without prescription from a doctor. but i have read online that disontinuin its use may lead to a darker complexion than before. is it true?
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