Lustra Cream (Hydroquinone)
Lustra Cream (Hydroquinone) Dosage and Side Effects
LUSTRA decreases the formation of melanin in the skin. Melanin is the pigment in skin that gives it a brown color. LUSTRA topical (for the skin) is used to lighten areas of darkened skin such as freckles, age spots, melasma (sun damage), or chloasma (darkened skin caused by hormonal changes).
Warnings and Precautions
Follow all directions on your medicine label and package. Tell each of your healthcare providers about all your medical conditions, allergies, and all medicines you use.
You should not use this medicine if you are allergic to hydroquinone or peroxide.
Ask a doctor or pharmacist if it is safe for you to use this medicine if you have other medical conditions, especially:
- liver or kidney disease;
- asthma or sulfite allergy; or
- if you are using any antibiotic medicine.
It is not known whether LUSTRA topical will harm an unborn baby. Do not use this medicine without a doctor's advice if you are pregnant.
It is not known whether LUSTRA topical passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Do not use this medicine without a doctor's advice if you are breast-feeding a baby.
Do not give this medicine to anyone under 12 years old without medical advice.
Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Stop using LUSTRA topical and call your doctor at once if you have:
- 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).
Common side effects may include:
- mild burning or stinging of treated skin; or
- mild itching, redness, or other irritation.
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.
Interactions with this medication
Avoid exposure to sunlight or tanning beds. LUSTRA topical can make you sunburn more easily. Wear protective clothing and use sunscreen (SPF 30 or higher) when you are outdoors. Some LUSTRA products may contain sunscreen. Check the medicine label or ask your doctor to be sure.
Proper Use of this medication
LUSTRA topical is usually applied each morning and at bedtime. Use exactly as directed on the label, or as prescribed by your doctor. Do not use in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended.
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The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.