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Hydroquinone

Medical and Pharmacy Editor:

Brand Name: Lustra, Melquin, Melquin HP 4%, Melquin-3 Topical Solution, Lustra-AF, Lustra-Ultra, Alphaquin, Claripel, Clarite, Eldopaque, Eldoquin, Epiquin Micro, Esoterica, Melanex, Melpaque, Nuquin HP Cream, Nuquin HP Gel, Solaquin

Generic Name: Hydroquinone

Drug Class: Depigmenting Agents

What Is Hydroquinone and How Does It Work?

Hydroquinone is a depigmenting agent used to lighten areas of darkened skin such as freckles, age spots, chloasma, and melisma caused by pregnancy, birth control pills, hormone medicine, or injury to the skin. Hydroquinone decreases the formation of melanin in the skin. Melanin is the pigment in skin that gives it a brown color.

Hydroquinone is available under the following different brand names: Lustra, Melquin, Melquin HP 4%, Melquin-3 Topical Solution, Lustra-AF, Lustra-Ultra, Alphaquin, Claripel, Clarite, Eldopaque, Eldoquin, Epiquin Micro, Esoterica, Melanex, Melpaque, Nuquin HP Cream, Nuquin HP Gel, and Solaquin.

Dosages of Hydroquinone:

Dosage Forms and Strengths

Topical cream

  • 2%
  • 4%

Lotion

  • 2%

Emulsion

  • 4%

Topical Solution

  • 2%
  • 3%

Topical Gel

  • 2%
  • 4%

Dosage Considerations – Should be Given as Follows:

Reduce Melanin Hyperpigmentation

  • Adults and children over 12 years: Apply to affected areas and rub in thoroughly every 12 hours
  • Children under 12 years: Safety and efficacy not established
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 6/15/2017



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