Hydroquinone is applied to the skin to lighten areas that have darkened
(hyperpigmented). Hydroquinone will work best if you avoid excessive
exposure to sunlight and wear sunscreens and protective clothing.
Hydroquinone is applied to the skin to lighten areas that have darkened (hyperpigmented). Hydroquinone will work best if you avoid excessive exposure to sunlight and wear sunscreens and protective clothing.
This product use on the skin only. Use carefully if applying to the face. Avoid contact with the eyes and mouth. Use as directed, usually twice a day. For best results, apply a small amount of medication on the skin to be treated. A thin layer is all that is needed. Rub in gently. Do not use on irritated or broken skin.
Hydroquinone cream appears as small transparent, glass-like particles suspended in a cream base. It may have an abrasive effect if scrubbed on the skin vigorously. Care must be taken with each application.
If no effect is noticed after two months of treatment, notify your doctor. For best effects, avoid sun exposure. Use a sunscreen and wear protective clothing while outside.
If you miss a dose, apply it as soon as remembered; do not apply it if it is near the time for the next dose, instead, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule. Do not "double-up" the dose to catch up.
Store at room temperature between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C) away from heat and light. Discard unused medication after the expiration date noted on the container.
What should my health care professional know before I use hydroquinone?
They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
An unusual or allergic reaction to hydroquinone, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
Pregnant or trying to get pregnant
How should I use this medicine?
Hydroquinone is for external use only, do not take by mouth. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Make sure the skin is clean and dry. Apply just enough to cover the affected area. Rub in gently but completely. Do not apply near the eyes, mouth, and other mucous membranes. Wash your hands after applying.
If you are using other topical medications, apply them at different times of the day.
Contact your pediatrician or health care professional regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.
What if I miss a dose?
If you miss a dose, apply it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, use only that dose. Do not use double or extra doses.
What drug(s) may interact with hydroquinone?
Check with your prescriber if you are using other medications which are applied to the skin.
Non-medicated cosmetics, sunscreens, and moisturizing lotions may be worn over the hydroquinone preparation. However, wait several minutes after application of hydroquinone before applying them.
Tell your prescriber or health care professional about all other medicines you are taking, including non-prescription medicines, nutritional supplements, or herbal products. Also tell your prescriber or health care professional if you are a frequent user of drinks with caffeine or alcohol, if you smoke, or if you use illegal drugs. These may affect the way your medicine works. Check before stopping or starting any of your medicines.What side effects may I notice from using hydroquinone?
Side effects that you should report to your doctor immediately:
Severe burning, itching, crusting, or swelling of the treated areas
Unusual skin discoloration
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor if they continue or are bothersome):
Mild itching or stinging
Reddening of the skin
What should I watch for while taking hydroquinone?
Contact your prescriber or health care professional if your condition does not improve in the first two months or if the medication causes too much skin irritation.
Do not get hydroquinone in the eyes, inside the nose, on wounds, or any other sensitive areas of skin. If accidental contact occurs, large amounts of water should be used to was the affected area. If the eyes are involved and eye irritation persists after thoroughly washing, contact your prescriber.
Do not apply to sunburned areas or if you have a skin abrasion in the area of application. To increase the chance that hydroquinone will be effective, keep out of the sun, or wear protective clothing outdoors and use a sunscreen (SPF 15 or higher). Do not use sun lamps or sun tanning beds or booths.
KEEP OUT OF REACH OF CHILDREN
ACTIVE INGREDIENT: Hydroquinone USP (2%). INDICATIONS: Decreases melanin formation; lightens dark skin areas. WARNING: External use only. Do not use with other topical medications except cosmetics, sunscreens, and lotions. For use while pregnant or breastfeeding, or for children, consult a doctor. SIDE EFFECTS: Seek medical attention immediately in case of accidental ingestion or adverse reactions. USAGE: Apply to clean, dry affected area. Do not apply near the eyes, mouth, or other mucous membranes. Wash hands after applying.
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