Lustra

Generic Name: Hydroquinone

  • What is Lustra?

    Lustra is a topical cream (applied directly on the skin) that is used for the gradual treatment of discoloration of your skin resulting from ultraviolet light, birth control pills, pregnancy, hormone replacement therapy, or skin trauma.

  • What is the most important information I should know about Lustra?

    Lustra is for external use only. Do not use it in your eyes.

    Lustra should not be used for the prevention of sunburn.

    Do not expose your treated skin area(s) to the sun. If you cannot avoid this, use sunscreen or wear protective clothing over treated area(s) while you are using Lustra.

    Lustra contains sodium bisulfate, a sulfite that can cause an allergic reaction that may result in death if not immediately treated. Also, Lustra can cause allergic skin reactions. Stop using this medication and tell your doctor immediately if you develop trouble breathing, itchiness, or excessive skin inflammation.

    Lustra contains hydroquinone. This can cause a gradual blue-black darkening of your skin. Stop using this medication and tell your doctor if you develop this problem.

  • Who should not take Lustra?

    Do not use Lustra if you are allergic to it or any of its ingredients.

  • What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of Lustra?

    Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Lustra. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history.

  • What is the usual dosage?

    The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your doctor uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your doctor may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your doctor's approval.

    Adults and adolescents ≥12 years: Apply to the affected area(s) twice a day or as prescribed by your doctor.

  • How should I take Lustra?

    Apply Lustra exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Apply Lustra to the affected area(s) on your skin, once in the morning and once before bedtime.

    Use Lustra on relatively small areas of your body at one time since this can cause skin reddening or a mild burning sensation.

  • What should I avoid while taking Lustra?

    Do not use Lustra in your eyes.

    Do not excessively expose your skin to the sun.

  • What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Lustra?

    No significant interactions have been reported with Lustra at this time. However, always tell your doctor about any medicines you take, including over-the-counter medications, vitamins, and herbal supplements.

  • What are the possible side effects of Lustra?

    Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this drug.

    Side effects may include: allergic skin reactions, skin inflammation

  • Can I receive Lustra if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

    The effects of Lustra during pregnancy and breastfeeding are unknown. Tell your doctor immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

  • What should I do if I miss a dose of Lustra?

    If you miss a dose of Lustra, apply it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the one you missed and return to your regular dosing schedule. Do not apply two doses at once.

  • How should I store Lustra?

    Store at room temperature.