Tri-Luma

Generic Name: Hydroquinone

  • What is Tri-Luma?

    Tri-Luma is a topical cream (applied directly on the skin) used for short-term (up to 8 weeks) treatment of a moderate to severe skin condition of the face called melasma (tan or dark skin discoloration), with measures for sun avoidance. Tri-Luma can improve your melasma, but it is not a cure.

  • What is the most important information I should know about Tri-Luma?

    Tri-Luma is for external use only. Do not use it in the corners of your nose, mouth, eyes, or open wounds. Tell your doctor if irritation occurs in these areas.

    Tri-Luma can cause a gradual blue-black darkening of your skin. Stop using Tri-Luma and tell your doctor if you develop this problem.

    Tri-Luma can cause severe allergic and skin reactions. Stop using this medication and tell your doctor immediately if you develop trouble breathing, rash, or swelling.

    Do not expose your treated skin area(s) to the sunlight or ultraviolet light. If you cannot avoid this, use sunscreen with sun protection factor of 30 or more or wear protective covering (such as a hat) over treated area(s) while you are using Tri-Luma. If you have a sunburn, stop using Tri-Luma until your skin is healed.

    Tri-Luma can cause irritation (such as skin reddening, peeling, burning sensation, dryness, or itching), especially at the site of application. This can also be caused by exposing your skin to extreme heat or cold. Stop using Tri-Luma and tell your doctor immediately if you experience severe or persistent irritation, blistering, oozing, scaling, crusting, or severe burning or swelling of your skin.

    Tri-Luma can harm your unborn baby if you use it during pregnancy. Tell your doctor immediately if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant.

  • Who should not take Tri-Luma?

    Do not use Tri-Luma if you are allergic to it or any of its ingredients.

  • What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of Tri-Luma?

    Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Tri-Luma. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you have a sunburn, or are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

  • 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: Apply a thin coat to the affected area(s) and about half an inch of the normal skin surrounding the affected area once a day at night.

  • How should I take Tri-Luma?

    Apply Tri-Luma exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Tri-Luma is usually used at night, at least 30 minutes before bedtime. Wash your face with a mild cleanser and pat your skin dry. Apply Tri-Luma and rub the cream lightly and uniformly to the affected area(s) on your skin. To help avoid skin dryness, you can use a moisturizer in the morning after you wash your face or cosmetics during the day. Do not use more Tri-Luma or apply it more often than prescribed by your doctor.

  • What should I avoid while taking Tri-Luma?

    Do not use Tri-Luma in the corners of your nose, mouth, eyes, or open wounds.

    Do not cover the treated area with anything after applying Tri-Luma.

    Do not use products that may dry or irritate your skin, such as harsh soap or cleanser, alcohol-containing skin products, or certain medicated skin or hair products.

    Do not excessively expose your skin to the sun or artificial sunlight from a sunlamp, heat, wind, or cold to prevent further irritation.

  • What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Tri-Luma?

    If Tri-Luma is used with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to check with your doctor before combining Tri-Luma with the following: alcohol-containing skin products, birth control pills, certain medicated skin or hair products, cosmetics with drying effects, harsh soap or cleanser, or medications known to cause sensitivity to light.

  • What are the possible side effects of Tri-Luma?

    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: acne (pimples), allergic reactions, burning, change in your skin color, dryness, infection of your hair follicles, inflammation around your mouth, irritation, itching, redness, skin infections, skin thinning, stretch marks, sweat problems

  • Can I receive Tri-Luma if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

    Tri-Luma can harm your unborn baby if you use it during pregnancy. The effects of Tri-Luma during 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 Tri-Luma?

    If you miss a dose of Tri-Luma, 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 Tri-Luma?

    Store at room temperature. Protect from freezing.