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Hydroquinone is the generic version of Eldoquin, Epiquin Micro, Lustra and Melanex. It’s a topical cream used to treat hyperpigmentation conditions of the skin such as melasma, dark spots, skin discoloration, “liver spots” or “age spots”.
* Prescription treatment requires a virtual medical consultation with a medical provider to determine if a prescription is appropriate.

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About Hydroquinone

How does it work?

This melasma prescription temporarily blocks the production of melanin (the pigment responsible for skin color). It can help lighten dark spots, skin patches or hyperpigmentation related to melasma.

What does it treat?

This medication treats melasma, a skin condition called the “mask of pregnancy” because it often affects pregnant people. It causes brown or blue-gray discoloration on the face.

What forms does it come in?

This medication is a topical cream applied to the affected area, usually twice a day. Follow your prescriber’s instructions carefully—especially related to sun exposure.

Hydroquinone vs. Eldoquin

Hydroquinone is the generic name for the melasma treatment used to lighten dark spots and hyperpigmented areas on your skin. Eldoquin is a brand name for a product that contains Hydroquinone. Both are melasma medicines.

The brand drugs Eldoquin, Epiquin Micro, Lustra and Melanex are not currently available on the Dr. B platform.

How much will it cost?

Dr. B offers online consultations for $15—which is less than most copays. If a melasma prescription is appropriate, your out-of-pocket medication cost will depend on your insurance and where you decide to get your prescription filled. With a drug discount card, prices for Hydroquinone 4 % Topical Cream (30 gram tube) start at $22.99.

* Prices shown with drug discount card applied. Price may differ depending on location.

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Hydroquinone 4 % Topical Cream (30 gram tube)*

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Common Questions

Hydroquinone prescription FAQ

What are the benefits of using Hydroquinone?
  • Treats dark spots
  • Evens skin tone
  • Reduces hyperpigmentation
Who should not use this medication?
  • People who are allergic to this medication or its ingredients
  • People who have a history of skin cancer
  • People who are pregnant or breastfeeding
  • People with a compromised immune system

If you have any of these conditions, speak with your licensed provider before starting this medication.

How do I use this medication?

Apply a thin layer of the cream to the affected area of your skin. Gently massage the cream into your skin and avoid sensitive areas. Follow your medical provider’s instructions carefully for best results.

What happens if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose of Hydroquinone, apply it when you remember. However, if it's close to your next scheduled application, skip the missed one and continue with your regular treatment plan—don’t double the dose.

What happens if I use too much?

Using too much of this medication can lead to skin irritation, redness or a condition called ochronosis in which the skin becomes dark and bluish-black. Follow prescribed application instructions carefully for best results.

If you’ve taken too much, call your healthcare provider or local poison control center (800-222-1222) right away.

Can I get Hydroquinone online?

Yes! Dr. B can help you get the melasma treatment that’s right for you with a convenient $15 consultation. A licensed medical provider will review your information and send an online prescription or refill to your pharmacy of choice if you qualify.

Dr. Alison Gruen

Medical information reviewed by Dr. Alison Gruen

Alison Gruen, MD is a board-certified dermatologist in New York City with over 18 years of experience. A clinician at heart, she happily devotes most of her time to the care of her patients. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Princeton University and received her MD degree from the Yale School of Medicine. Dr. Gruen completed her dermatology residency at SUNY Downstate where she served as Chief Resident and was awarded the Kings County Doctor’s Day award for compassion in medicine.  Currently Dr. Gruen is affiliated with Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan.

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Side Effects

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Not everyone will experience side effects from this medication. When they do occur, they’re often mild. Potential side effects include:

  • Skin irritation
  • Redness
  • Dryness
  • Stinging

If you experience severe side effects like skin darkening (ochronosis), severe skin irritation or burning—or other new and worrying symptoms—contact your health provider or pharmacist right away.