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 gently massage the ointment. Wash your hands after applying, unless hands are the affected area.
Xiar HC Ointment belongs to the class of medications called as melanin synthesis inhibitors. It bleaches the skin by reducing the accumulation of skin pigment called melanin that causes darkening of the skin.
Use of sunscreen is a must while using hydroquinone topical. Avoid unnecessary sun exposures and cover the treated areas with clothing. Even minimal exposure to sunlight can reverse the bleaching effect of hydroquinone.
Discontinue use and contact your doctor immediately if you develop allergic skin reaction or notice blue-black darkening of skin upon use of hydroquinone.
Avoid direct contact of cream with your eyes. In case of direct contact, wash your eyes with water immediately and seek immediate medical attention.
Do not use hydroquinone creams on broken, irritated or injured skin.
Do not use hydroquinone creams with other creams that contain peroxides (hydrogen peroxide/benzoyl peroxide), resorcinol, phenol, or salicylic acid as it may cause unwanted side effects.
You may be advised by your doctor to perform a skin sensitivity test to avoid any allergic reaction
Use in children aged below 12 years is not recommended unless under the strict supervision of doctor.
Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant or breastfeeding.
It should not take if patient is allergic to hydroquinone or any of its ingredients.
Xiar HC Ointment may be unsafe to use during pregnancy. Animal studies have shown adverse effects on the foetus, however, there are limited human studies. The benefits from use in pregnant women may be acceptable despite the risk. Please consult your doctor.
Xiar HC Ointment is probably safe to use during lactation.
Limited human data suggests that the drug does not represent a significant risk to the baby. The baby's skin should not come into direct contact with the treated area of skin. Water-miscible cream/gel is preferred as ointments may expose the baby to harmful effects of Xiar HC Ointment via licking.
Xiar HC Ointment does not usually affect your ability to drive.
There is limited information available on the use of Xiar HC Ointment in patients with kidney disease. Please consult your doctor.
There is limited information available on the use of Xiar HC Ointment in patients with liver disease. Please consult your doctor.
If you miss a dose of Xiar HC Ointment, 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.
Yes. Hydroquinone is safe if used as directed, for the prescribed duration by your doctor. Please limit sun exposures and apply sunscreens or cover the treated area with protective clothing. Even minimal exposure to sun can reverse the bleaching effect of hydroquinone
Q. Is hydroquinone topical a steroid?
No. Hydroquinone does not have a structure or effect similar to steroids
Q. Is hydroquinone banned in India?
No. Hydroquinone is available and is not a banned drug in India
Q. Is hydroquinone carcinogenic/does hydroquinone cause cancer?
Hydroquinone should not be used in excess quantity for long duration, as it is associated with possible carcinogenicity
Q. Is hydroquinone toxic?
No. Hydroquinone is not toxic if used as directed, for the prescribed duration by your doctor. It is available as creams and meant for external use on the skin only
Q. Does hydroquinone lighten/bleach your skin?
Hydroquinone is used to bleach or lighten dark patches of skin
Q. Does hydroquinone lighten skin permanently?
The effect of hydroquinone is reversible (reversible depigmentation) with time and exposure to sun and therefore not permanent
Q. Does hydroquinone make skin darker?
Hydroquinone may cause blue-black darkening of skin. This is not the normal effect of hydroquinone. Discontinue use and contact your doctor immediately if you notice darkening of skin upon use of hydroquinone
Q. Does hydroquinone help acne?
No. It has no known effect in the treatment of acne.
Information last updated by Dr. Varun Gupta, MD Pharmacology on 19th Apr 2017.