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Oxybenzone, Padimate O, Octyl methoxycinnamate and Hydroquinone topical

Important Note

The following information is intended to supplement, not substitute for, the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacist or other healthcare professional. It should not be construed to indicate that use of the drug is safe, appropriate, or effective for you. Consult your healthcare professional before using this drug.


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Hydroquinone is used to lighten the dark-colored patches of skin (also called melasma, liver spots, age spots, freckles) caused by pregnancy, birth control pills, hormone medicine, or injury to the skin. This product also contains sunscreens to help prevent these spots from re-occurring due to sunlight or ultraviolet light exposure. This medicine works by blocking the chemical process (enzymes) in the skin that leads to discoloration.

How To Use

Before using, apply a small amount of this medicine to an area of unbroken skin and check the area within 24 hours for any serious side effects (see Side Effects section). If any serious side effects occur, do not use this medication. Contact your doctor. Apply this medication to the affected areas of skin usually twice daily; or as directed by your doctor. This medication is for use on the skin only. Avoid contact with the eyes. Use this product only on affected areas as directed. It is not recommended to be used on unaffected skin as a sunscreen.

Side Effects

Minor skin redness or mild burning sensation may occur. If this effect persists or worsens, notify your doctor. If you notice any of the following unlikely but serious side effects, stop using hydroquinone and consult your doctor immediately: itching, blisters, swelling, a gradual blue-black darkening of the skin (ochronosis). An allergic reaction to this drug is unlikely, but seek immediate medical attention if it occurs. Symptoms of an allergic reaction include: rash, itching, swelling, dizziness, trouble breathing. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.


Tell your doctor your medical history, especially of: other skin conditions (e.g., eczema, psoriasis), any allergies (especially to sulfites or sunscreens, certain generics of this medication contain sulfites). This medication may make the treated areas of skin more sensitive to the sun. Avoid prolonged sun exposure, use a sunscreen, and wear protective clothing on the treated areas of skin when outdoors. This medication should be used only when clearly needed during pregnancy. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor. It is not known whether this drug passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.

Drug Interactions

Tell your doctor of all prescription and nonprescription medication you may use, especially: other skin products. Do not start or stop any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval.


If overdose is suspected, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately. This medicine may be harmful if swallowed.


Do not share this medication with others.

Missed Dose

If you miss a dose, use it as soon as you remember. If it is near the time of the next dose, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule. Do not double the dose to catch up.


Store at room temperature between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C) away from light and moisture.