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What is Lustra Cream (Hydroquinone) prescribed for?
Hydroquinone, the active ingredient within Lustra Cream, is a medicinal cream that aids it lightening dark patches of skin caused by pregnancy, birth control pills, hormone medications, and injuries to the skin. Many of these “patches” of dark skin are better known as hyperpigmentation, melasma, liver sports, age spots, and freckles.
This product also contains sunscreen elements that help in preventing the spots from returning due to sunlight or ultraviolet light exposure. Overall, this mediation works by blocking the process of the discoloration in the skin.
Before use, you may apply a small amount of the medication to an area of unbroken skin, leave it for 24 hours and then check for a serious side effects. If they test area is itchy, red and puffy, or is blistering, do not use the product and contact your doctor right away. However, if there is just a mild redness, then you may start the treatment right away.
Apply the medicinal cream to the affected area of the skin; this is usually done twice a day or as directed to you by your doctor. This medication is too used on the skin alone, if used incorrectly, unwanted skin lightening may occur. Flush with plenty of water if you be chance get this medication in the eyes, nose, and mouth.
Avoid prolonged exposure to the sun, since the medication on the treated areas may make the skin more sensitive to the sunlight. Make sure to wear protective clothing, and although this medication contains sunscreen, It should not be treated as a sunscreen. Make sure to apply separate sunscreen when needed.
Before taking this medication, it is best to advise your doctor if you are allergic to Hydroquinone; or to sunscreens; or to any other medications or allergies in general.
Also it is best to notify your doctor of your medical history. Inform you doctor if you have had any serious health issues in the past, such as; asthma, other skin conditions (e.g., eczema, psoriasis).
Some of these side effects may occur when taking this medication; they are as follows; Mild burning, stinging, redness, and dryness may occur. However if any of these effects persist or worsen, contact your doctor right away.
Stop using this product and tell your doctor right away if any of these unlikely but serious side effects occur: blistering, skin cracking, blue-black darkening of the skin.
A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, get medical help right away if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.
What happens if I suddenly stop taking this medication?
There may be a relapse in symptoms as well as side effects. You should speak your doctor before stop taking this medication.
What is the best dosage to take?
The diagnosis with your doctor will be able to determine the best dosage for your treatment. Work with your doctor closely for dosage and dosing schedules.
What happens if I miss a dose?
You should take the missed dose as soon you realize you have forgotten. If the forgotten dose is closer to your next scheduled dose, take the next schedule dose to avoid overlapping in dose.
What is the best way to store this medication?
This medication is stored at room temperature, and should be kept away from children and pets. Do not throw away this medication in the wastebasket. If you are uncertain how to dispose of this medication speak with your pharmacist for help in safely disposing of this medication.
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