Nuquin HP

Name: Nuquin HP

Nuquin HP Overview

Nuquin HP is a brand name medication. For more information about Nuquin HP see its generic Hydroquinone

What is Nuquin HP (hydroquinone topical)?

Hydroquinone decreases the formation of melanin in the skin. Melanin is the pigment in skin that gives it a brown color.

Hydroquinone 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).

Hydroquinone topical may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before using Nuquin HP (hydroquinone topical)?

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 hydroquinone 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 hydroquinone 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.

What happens if I overdose?

An overdose of hydroquinone topical is not expected to be dangerous. Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222 if anyone has accidentally swallowed the medication.

For the Consumer

Applies to hydroquinone topical: topical combination cream, topical cream gel emulsion or solution

Side effects include:

Mild skin irritation and sensitization (e.g., burning, erythema, stinging).

For Healthcare Professionals

Applies to hydroquinone topical: compounding powder, topical cream, topical emulsion, topical gel, topical solution

Dermatologic

Dermatologic side effects have included localized contact dermatitis. Exogenous ochronosis (involving over 10,000 exposures under careful clinical supervision) has been reported at an incidence of 22 cases in more than 50 years.[Ref]

Some side effects of Nuquin HP may not be reported. Always consult your doctor or healthcare specialist for medical advice. You may also report side effects to the FDA.

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