Hydroquinone (MELALITE Forte Cream) 4% w/v Cream is a is a topical lightening agent found in OTC products, that can be used alone, but is more frequently found in combination with other agents used to correct skin discoloration associated with disorders of hyperpigmentation including melasma, post-inflammatory hyperpigmention, sunspots, and freckles. Each cream contains 4% Hydroquinone as its active ingredient with 4% w / v.
Drug = Hydroquinone
Strength = 4%w/v
How to use
Hydroquinone is available in 4 preparations: cream, gel, lotion, or topical solution.
Follow these simple steps:
- Wash and dry your hands before applying for this medicine.
- Make sure that the area to be applied on is clean and dry prior to application.
- Apply a thin layer of Hydroquinone on the affected area(s) of the skin. Do not cover, wrap, or bandage the area unless instructed by the doctor.
- Wash your hands after applying for the medicine.
Do not apply Hydroquinone on broken, irritated skin.
Use hydroquinone exactly as directed. Do not use more than the prescribed number if days
Dosage of Hydroquinone (MELALITE Forte Cream) 4% w/v Cream
Hyperpigmented skin conditions:
Adult: As 2-4% preparation: Apply a thin layer to the affected area twice a day, in the morning and evening. Discontinue if there is no improvement after two months.
Missed Dose of Hydroquinone (MELALITE Forte Cream) 4% w/v Cream
Apply the missed dose and then continue with the regular dosing schedule.
Do not double the dose under any circumstances.
Overdose of Hydroquinone (MELALITE Forte Cream) 4% w/v Cream
If you have used Hydroquinone more than the prescribed number of applications. Seek medical help immediately.
People with the following medical conditions should not take Hydroquinone:
- People experiencing sunburnt skin
- Use of epilators or waxes to remove unwanted hairs on the skin
Hydroquinone may have the following side effects:
- Temporary redness on the affected area
- Stinging and irritation on the affected area
- Allergic dermatitis
- Fissuring of paranasal and infraorbital areas
Do not take Hydroquinone with the following medications
- Ferric salts
- Oxidizing agents
Inform your physician about the medications that you are taking especially over the counter medications and herbal food supplements.
This list does not include all medicines that may interact with Hydroquinone.
How Does It Work?
By inhibiting the tyrosinase enzyme, which is involved in the initial step of the melanin pigment biosynthesis pathway, hydroquinone decreases the production of melanin pigments. It takes several months for hydroquinone to take effect.
Hydroquinone is used to treat the following conditions:
- Skin hyperpigmentation
Special Precautions and Connected Warnings
Take special precautions if you have the following conditions:
- Pregnant and lactating mothers
- Store between 20-25°C and protected from light.
- Store in a cool, dry place away from the reach of children.
- Do not use Hydroquinone after the date on the bottom of the package.