Eldopaque (Hydroquinone) is a lightening topical cream that contains a medication called hydroquinone. Hydroquinone decreases the formation of melanin in the skin. Melanin is the pigment in skin that gives it a brown color. Eldopaque is used for treatment of any conditions caused by hyperpigmentation such as freckles, age spots, melasma (sun damage), or chloasma (darkened skin caused by hormonal changes). Hydroquinone produces reversible lightening of the skin by interfering with melanin production by the melanocytes. Inhibition of the enzymatic conversion of tyrosine to DOPA (dihydroxyphenylalanine) results in the desired chemical reduction of pigmentation. This causes a decrease in the number of melanocytes and decreased transfer of melanin, leading to lighter skin. The effects of Eldopaque are reversed by exposure to sun, so continued use of the product is needed until the desired results are achieved.
Canadian Pharmacy King offers the generic Hydroquinone cream from India also called Melalite Forte Cream manufactured by Abbott in the strength of 4%/30 gm tube. The brand Eldopaque cream is not available at this time.
Common side effects of using Eldopaque cream includes mild burning or stinging of treated skin, and mild itching, redness, or other irritation. Stop using Eldopaque and contact your doctor immediately if you notice more serious side effects such as:
• Blisters or oozing;
• Blue or black discolouration of the skin;
• Severe dryness;
• Severe skin redness;
If you experience any signs of a serious allergic reaction, seek emergency medical attention.
You should not use Eldopaque if you are allergic to hydroquinone or peroxide. To make sure this medication is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have ever had liver or kidney disease, asthma or sulfite allergy, or if you are using any antibiotic medication. Tell your doctor about any other medications you are currently using. It is unknown if this medication affects pregnancy or breastfeeding, so consult with your doctor about any risks or precautions. Avoid getting hydroquinone topical in your eyes. Avoid getting this medicine on your lips or inside your nose or mouth. Hydroquinone may cause numbness in these areas. Avoid exposure to sunlight or tanning beds. Hydroquinone topical can make you sunburn more easily. Wear protective clothing and use sunscreen (SPF 30 or higher) when you are outdoors. Some hydroquinone products may contain sunscreen. Check the medicine label or ask your doctor to be sure.
Hydroquinone topical may make your skin more sensitive to weather extremes such as cold and wind. Protect your skin with clothing and use a moisturizing lotion as needed. Using hydroquinone topical together with benzoyl peroxide, hydrogen peroxide, or other peroxide products may stain your skin. This staining can usually be removed with soap and water. Avoid using skin products that can cause irritation, such as harsh soaps, shampoos, or skin cleansers, hair coloring or permanent chemicals, hair removers or waxes, or skin products with alcohol, spices, astringents, or lime. Do not use Eldopaque on open wounds or on sunburned, windburned, dry, chapped, or irritated skin. This medication is not approved for use in children under 12 years old.
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