Ultraquin Cream is a topical cream consisting of an aromatic organic compound (which is a type of phenol) drug called hydroquinone. We carry the brand choice of this medication in 4%.
Ultraquin Cream is used to treat hyperpigmentation, also known as melasma, “liver spots,” or “age spots,” which appear on the skin as dark patches that look similar to freckles. This condition can commonly be caused by pregnancy, birth control pills, hormone medicine, or injury to the skin. Common areas this condition affects include the forehead, cheeks, and side of the nose and it may also appear on the upper lip, neck, or back of the forearms.
Ultraquin Cream is a non-greasy and fragrance PABA-free cream that is effective at lightening these patches due to its ability to block the process (formation of melanin) that occurs in the skin, which leads to discoloration.
What to know before starting treatment: Follow only the directions given to you by your doctor. Do not take more or less of a dose than directed. For the full benefit of the medication, ensure you take it regularly and create a routine by taking it around the same time every day. Do not use this medication on skin that is sunburned, windburned, dry, chapped, irritated, or on open wounds. Store at room temperature and in and away from any areas where it risks becoming wet or hot. This medication is for skin use only; do not get this medication in your eyes, nose, or mouth. If contact occurs in these areas; rinse with water.
To avoid a serious allergic reaction: Some doctors may recommend you apply a “test dose” to a small area of skin to test to see if an allergic reaction will occur: apply a very small amount of medicine to a small area of healthy skin. Check the area in 24hours; if there is no reaction other than minor redness; begin using the medication as prescribed.
When you begin treatment: Wash your hands before and after applying the medication. You may skip this part if the affected area is located on your hand(s). Apply the cream to the dark patches and avoid applying any on the surrounding skin. This is typically done in the morning and before bed. If you don’t notice the patches getting lighter after 2 months of treatment; contact your doctor.
This product should not be used by those who are allergic to hydroquinone or peroxide.
This medication should not be given to a child under the age of 12 years old without the medical advice of a doctor.
Dose adjustment or special precautions may be required
Before using this medication, tell your doctor about all other medical conditions you may have, especially liver or kidney disease, asthma, a sulfite allergy, or if you are using any antibiotic medications.
It is not known if this medication will harm an unborn baby; talk to your doctor before starting treatment if you are pregnant or plan on becoming pregnant.
It is not known if this medication will harm a nursing infant; talk to your doctor before starting treatment if you are breast feeding.
Common side effects of Ultraquin Cream may include:
mild burning or stinging of treated skin; or mild itching, redness, or other irritation.
The above side effects should not alarm you.
Serious side effects of Ultraquin Cream may include:
severe skin redness, burning, or stinging; severe skin dryness, cracking, or bleeding; blisters or oozing; or blue or black discoloration of the skin (especially if you are Hispanic or African-American).
If you have any of the above side effects, contact your doctor right away.
Please note this is not a complete list of side effects. Not everyone experiences side effects; they are not guaranteed. If you do have side effects and they become unmanageable, consult your doctor about alternate medications.
Is this medication safe for children?
Ultraquin Cream is safe for children who are at least 12 years of age. Anyone younger than 12 should not be given this medication unless specially directed to by a doctor.
Would a pediatric patient need to use less of the medication than an adult?
The recommended dose is the same for both adults and children 12+; apply to affected areas twice a day, usually morning and night.
Can I drink alcohol while using this medication?
There is no interaction between alcohol and Ultraquin Cream however, that does not mean an interaction cannot occur. Speak with your doctor about alcohol consumption during the time of treatment.
What should I avoid while using Ultraquin Cream?
You should avoid using anything that may irritate your skin; some examples may include harsh soaps, shampoos, skin cleansers, hair coloring or permanent chemicals, hair removers or waxes, or skin products with alcohol, spices, astringents, or lime.