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Melapex Cream

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Overview

Introduction

Melapex Cream is used in the treatment of melasma. It is a skin-lightening medicine which lightens the darkened skin patches and spots(hyperpigmentation). It reduces the amount of skin-darkening pigment called melanin in the skin. It helps in reversible depigmentation of the skin.

Melapex Cream is for external use only. You should use it in the dose and duration as advised by your doctor. You must wash your hands thoroughly before and after applying this medicine. This medicine should be used regularly to get the most benefit from it. Do not use more than you need as some side effects may be increased.

Melapex Cream has a few potential side effects but not everyone will get them. These may include dry skin, itching, skin burn, skin peeling, and skin redness. Serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare but let your doctor know if you’re bothered by side effects or they do not go away. Make sure you read the instructions that come with your medicine. Avoid contact with eyes. In case of accidental contact, you should rinse eyes thoroughly with water.

You can start applying Melapex Cream to a small portion of unbroken skin or near the pigmented area for a period of several days for checking allergic reaction. You should discontinue it if itching, excessive inflammation or swelling occurs. Pregnant women should consult their doctor before taking this medicine. If no improvement is seen after two months of treatment, use of this product should be discontinued.

Uses of Melapex Cream

Side effects of Melapex Cream

Common
  • Dry skin
  • Skin burn
  • Skin peeling
  • Skin redness
  • Itching

How to use Melapex Cream

This medicine is for external use only. Use it in the dose and duration as advised by your doctor. Check the label for directions before use. Clean and dry the affected area and apply the cream. Wash your hands after applying, unless hands are the affected area.

How Melapex Cream works

Melapex Cream is a skin lightening medication. It works by reducing the amount of a pigment (melanin) that causes darkening of skin. It does so by suppressing the activity of tyrosinase, the enzyme required to make melanin.

Safety Advice

Alcohol
No interaction found/established
Pregnancy
CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR
Melapex Cream may be unsafe to use during pregnancy. Although there are limited studies in humans, animal studies have shown harmful effects on the developing baby. Your doctor will weigh the benefits and any potential risks before prescribing it to you. Please consult your doctor.
Breastfeeding
SAFE IF PRESCRIBED
Melapex Cream is probably safe to use during breastfeeding. Limited human data suggests that the drug does not represent any significant risk to the baby.
Driving
No interaction found/established
Kidney
No interaction found/established
Liver
No interaction found/established

What if you forget to take Melapex Cream?

If you miss a dose of Melapex Cream, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular schedule. Do not double the dose.

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Quick Tips

  • Melapex Cream helps in lightening of hyperpigmented skin.
  • It should always be used along with sun-avoidance measures, like using sunscreens (UV-A and UV-B protective) and wearing protective clothing.
  • Apply a thin film to and around the affected area/lesion.
  • Avoid getting it in your eyes or mouth. If this happens, rinse with water immediately.
  • Apply it as per the dose and duration advised by your doctor with regular follow-up.
  • Apply a very small amount of cream to check an allergic reaction. Continue with the treatment if no allergic reaction occurs in 24 hours.
  • Do not apply on broken or infected areas of skin. Discontinue use if you experience irritation or allergy and consult your doctor.

Patient Concerns

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Melasma on my nose ple suggest me treatment for melasma
Dr. Atul Jain
Dermatology
Kojic cream at night over spots
I have some black spots on my penile shaft. There were also some papules created but after using candid b cream it was gone. What medicine will I use to remove this spot,there is no any type of inflammation and itchiness only spot are present. Give me some suggestions please.
Dr. Pranay Gandhi
Sexology
apply melasma cream twice a day
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FAQs

Q. Is Melapex safe to use on face?

Melapex should be used exactly as directed by your doctor. You should apply it away from the eyes, nose, corners of the mouth, or open wounds because these areas are more prone to irritation. If local irritation persists or becomes severe, discontinue Melapex and consult your doctor. Excessive use of the medication may cause redness, peeling, or discomfort.

Q. Does Melapex permanently lighten skin?

No, it does not lighten the skin permanently. If melasma occurs on discontinuing Melapex, talk to your doctor regarding the maintenance treatment of melasma.

Q. What should I avoid when using Melapex cream?

You should avoid exposure to sunlight, use sunscreen, and wear protective clothing after treatment with Melapex cream. Even a small amount of sunlight can worsen melasma. Females should avoid the use of birth control methods that contain hormones such as oral birth control pills as these methods can worsen your melasma. Talk to your doctor about other birth control options. Be careful as hot and cold weather may irritate the skin treated with Melapex.

Q. How should Melapex be applied?

Melapex should be applied once a day, before bedtime. The area to be treated should be thoroughly washed with water. Apply a thin layer of Melapex to the affected skin areas. Include about half an inch of normal skin surrounding the affected area. Gently rub Melapex evenly into your skin. Do not apply it near the corners of your mouth, nose, eyes, or open wounds.

Q. Can I apply moisturizer over Melapex?

Melapex is applied generally at bedtime. You may use moisturizers and cosmetics during the day when you are not using Melapex.

Q. Is Melapex bad for the skin?

Melapex may cause blue-black darkening of the skin. If this occurs, you should immediately stop Melapex and consult your doctor. In some cases, it may also cause mild to moderate irritation such as skin reddening, peeling, mild burning sensation, dryness, and itching at the site of application. But this is usually tolerable and may disappear with time.

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