Generic Name(s): hydroquinone/vitamin a
Drug Class: Topical depigmenting agents
Treats: age spots, freckles and various skin discoloration
Alustra (hydroquinone/vitamin a) is a combination medicine which works by lightening the skin. This medication is combined of depigmenting agent and vitamin A. Alustra reduces the formation of melanin in the skin which is the pigment that gives the skin its brown color. However, Alustra may also be used for other conditions as determined by the doctor.
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Alustra is mainly used for bleaching age spots, freckles and various skin discoloration that may be caused by conditions such as pregnancy, skin trauma, use of birth control pills, and hormone replacement therapy. This medication is used to reduce the formation of melanin in the skin. Alustra lightens areas of darkened skin such as sun damage.
This medication is combination of hydroquinone tropical and vitamin A, which helps in decreasing the formation of melanin in the skin and also lightening the skin. However, this medication may also be used for treating other conditions as determined by the doctor. Inform your doctor if you have any allergic reaction towards the medicine.
- reduce the formation of melanin in the skin
- lightening the skin
- age spots, freckles and various skin discoloration
Alustra dosage is administered in the form of tropical cream, topical gel and topical solution. Dosage varies with the condition of the patient. This medication should only be used following the doctors' instructions. Follow the doctor's indications to avoid overdose.
Before applying the medicine, read the prescription label as indicated by the doctor. Do not start, stop or change the dosage without informing the doctor. Note that overuse can lead t ineffectiveness of the medicine.
Adult Dose for Dermatological Disorders
Chloasma, Melasma, Freckles:
- Apply to affected area twice daily
Pediatric Dose for Dermatological Disorders
Chloasma, Melasma, Freckles, melanin hyperpigmentation:
- 13 years and above: Apply to affected area twice daily.
Alustra Side Effects
Alustra has some needed and unwanted side effects that come along with it. However, do not report the needed side effects. However, the unwanted side effects should be reported to the doctor for medication. In the event that any of these side effects occur, please report to the doctor promptly.
Common side effects of Alustra include:
- mild skin irritation
- sensitization such as burning, erythema, stinging
- dryness or cracking of the skin
- difficulty breathing
- tightness in the chest
- swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue
- blue-black darkening of the skin
- excessive redness
There are no known drug interactions with Alustra. However, this doe not mean that the drug has no interactions at all. Consult your doctor or health professionals for monitoring since they may be aware of all drug interactions. Do not combine these drugs without consulting the doctor first to avoid any complication. Inform your doctor of all prescription or non-prescription drugs that you are currently using. Do not start a new medication without informing the doctor.
- There are no known drug interactions with Alustra.