Mequinol

Description

Mequinol is generally available as a combination with tretinoin for the treatment of solar lentigines and related hyperpigmented lesions caused due to repeated sun exposure and with advancing age.

Side effects

Major & minor side effects for Mequinol

  • Redness of the skin
  • Burning, stinging, or irritation at the application site
  • Dry skin
  • Skin discoloration
  • Skin peeling

Uses of Mequinol

What is it prescribed for?

  • Solar lentigines
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Concerns

Commonly asked questions

  • Onset of action
    The amount of time required for this medicine to show its action is not clinically established.
  • Duration of effect
    The amount of time for which this medicine remains active in the body is not clinically established.
  • Safe with alcohol?
    Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.
  • Is it habit forming?
    No habit forming tendencies reported.
  • Usage in pregnancy?
    This medicine is not recommended for use in pregnant women unless absolutely necessary. The risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before using this medicine.
  • Usage while breast-feeding?
    This medicine is not recommended for use in breastfeeding women unless necessary. The risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before using this medicine.

Allergy

This medicine is not recommended for use in patients with a known allergy to mequinol or any other inactive ingredients present along with it.

Vitiligo

This medicine is not recommended for use in patients with vitiligo or a family history due to the increased risk of hypopigmentation.

Sunburned or irritated skin

This medicine is not recommended for use in patients with sunburned or irritated skin due to an increased risk of severe irritation.
Warnings for special population

Pregnancy

This medicine is not recommended for use in pregnant women unless absolutely necessary. The risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before using this medicine.

Breast-feeding

This medicine is not recommended for use in breastfeeding women unless necessary. The risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before using this medicine.
General warnings

Eczema

This medicine is not recommended for use in patients suffering from eczema due to the increased risk of severe irritation to the eczematous skin. Replacement with a suitable alternative should be considered based on the clinical condition.

Exposure to sun

The use of this medicine may cause adverse reactions to the skin on sun exposure. You are advised to take appropriate precautionary measures while stepping out into sunlight during treatment with this medicine.

Use in children

The safety and effectiveness of this medicine has not been clinically established in children

Other skin products

This medicine may interact with other skincare or medicinal products. Consult your doctor before starting the use of other products along with this medicine.

Missed Dose

Apply the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose. Do not double your dose to make up for the missed one.

Overdose

An overdose of this medicine is not likely to cause severe symptoms. However, the ingestion of this medicine may cause harm and immediate medical intervention may be required.
All drugs interact differently for person to person. You should check all the possible interactions with your doctor before starting any medicine.
Interaction with Alcohol

Description

Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.

Instructions

Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.
Interaction with Medicine
Disease interactions

Disease

Information not available.
Food interactions
Information not available.
Lab interactions
Information not available.
Follow all the usage instructions mentioned on the label or the package insert. Do not apply in larger or smaller quantities than recommended. Consult your doctor if you experience any undesirable side effects.
Miscelleneous

Usage does not depend on food timings

To be taken as instructed by doctor

Does not cause sleepiness

How it works
This medicine acts on the chemicals in the skin that causes darkening or pigmentation.
Legal Status

Approved

Unknown

Unknown

Unknown

Classification

Category

Miscellaneous topical agents, Skin lightening agent

Schedule

Schedule H

Mequinol - DrugBank [Internet]. Drugbank.ca. 2020 [cited 13 March 2020]. Available from:

https://www.drugbank.ca/drugs/DB09516

4-Methoxyphenol [Internet]. Pubchem.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov. 2020 [cited 30 June 2020]. Available from:

https://pubchem.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/compound/MEQUINOL

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Information on this page was last updated on 30 Jun 2020

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