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Hydroquinone is a local cream prescribed for dark or hyper-pigmented skin marks such as freckles (small flat brown marks on the face and sun exposed areas), melasma (brown patches on skin), age spots, and dark spots due to acne, pregnancy-related scars, skin trauma or use of birth control pills. It works by inhibiting tyrosinase, enzyme which is required to make melanin in skin cells. Melanin give the skin the dark color.  

Drug information on Melalite XL (Hydroquinone - Combination) from Piramal Healthcare

Melalite XL

  Cream
Piramal Healthcare
Generic : Hydroquinone
 117.17
0.1%/0.025%/2%/1gm
15gm
Combination of Generics : Hydroquinone, Mometasone, Tretinoin
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Side effects of Hydroquinone

  Local: Mild burning, stinging,tingling, redness, dryness, itching, pimples, rash. Some of the serious effects include blistering, cracking of the skin and ochronosis (bluish black pigmentation on the skin).

When is Hydroquinone not to be taken? (Contraindications)

Hydroquinone cream should not be used during pregnancy or in patients allergic to the drug. It is not recommended for children 12 years or below.


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