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Having a visit does not guarantee a medication will be ordered or refilled. It is clinicians’ professional decision. It is prohibited by law to prescribe or refill controlled substances via virtual visits. Your provider may recommend follow-up care, including additional services that may not be included in visit price.

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Hydroquinone is an agent that lightens the skin. It helps treat various forms of hyperpigmentation since it can bleach the skin. It can be challenging to treat hyperpigmentation but this is one viable option. There are several skin conditions that have the potential to benefit from using a Hydroquinone prescription.

These are conditions all related to hyperpigmentation including melasma, freckles, age spots, acne scars, and post-inflammatory marks from eczema and psoriasis. Keep in mind that it doesn’t help with active inflammation. Instead, it can be used to help fade red or brown spots that have lingered.

This ingredient and prescription aren’t appropriate for everyone so you should consult with your doctor or a licensed medical professional before using it. Overall, it can lighten dark patches on the skin and is an affordable and effective dark spot treatment. It’s available in a cream, gel, lotion, or emulsion form.

What is Hydroquinone Prescribed For?

Hydroquinone is prescribed for those who have dark patches on the skin that need to be lightened. You may be familiar with the terms it helps treat such as hyperpigmentation, melasma, liver spots, age spots, and freckles.

The effect of using this prescription on your face only reduces hyperpigmentation and dark spots temporarily. When you stop using it, the dark spots may return as the skin begins to renew.

It is prescribed for those who may have areas of skin that have grown darker than the other areas on the face, and generally speaking, is an effective lightening agent.

It’s typically well-tolerated for all skin types but may cause irritation or further dryness for those with dry or sensitive skin. It tends to work best for individuals with fair skin tones.

How Does Hydroquinone Work?

How it works is that Hydroquinone bleaches your skin by way of decreasing the number of melanocytes that exist.

Melanocytes make melanin, and melanin is how your skin tone is produced. Your skin can become more evenly toned by controlling the melanocytes.

If you have hyperpigmentation then it means there is an increase in melanocyte production happening. You’ll likely notice it making an impact and difference on your skin in about four weeks, and it can be several months before you see complete results.

While you previously could get it over the counter, it’s not available any longer. However, the prescription-strength formula has the potential to work best.

What Are The Side Effects of Hydroquinone?

There are possible side effects of Hydroquinone to be mindful of. Although, it is deemed safe to use in the US. One minor side effect, if you have dry skin, is that you may see an uptick in redness or dryness initially. However, you’re likely to notice these fade with continued use and as your skin gets used to the product. It’s also possible you have burning or stinging skin and blisters or oozing.

There are some rare instances when Hydroquinone can cause ochronosis. It’s more likely to appear after prolonged daily use and is represented by papules and bluish-black pigmentation. Always tell your doctor if you notice concerns and if any of these effects worsen over time.

Frequently Asked Questions About Hydroquinone

What to Avoid While Using Hydroquinone?

It’s important that you not use peroxide products such as benzoyl peroxide or hydrogen peroxide with Hydroquinone since the result can be discoloration. You should also avoid alpha hydroxy acids as these can irritate your skin. Don’t use Hydroquinone if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding.

How to Use Hydroquinone?

Always consult with a licensed medical professional or doctor before use. Hydroquinone topical is usually applied to affected areas of your skin twice per day. However, always refer to what your provider tells you.

It’s important that you avoid getting it in your eyes and only use small amounts on the skin and that you apply it to the affected areas. You shouldn’t use products with this ingredient for more than five months at a time or you risk negative side effects.

Can You Get Hydroquinone Over the Counter?

No, Hydroquinone is a prescription medication and cannot be purchased over the counter.

Can You Get a Prescription for Hydroquinone From DrHouse?

Yes, medical professionals on DrHouse can prescribe Hydroquinone if it is deemed necessary for your specific skin condition.


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Frequently asked questions

  • Yes, you can get a new prescription or refill an existing one online through DrHouse. You just need to start a consultation with one of our licensed providers and they will be able to assess your needs and provide you with a prescription if necessary.

    Please note that the final decision always rests with the doctor based on their professional judgment and your health needs.

  • There are certain medications that cannot be prescribed online by DrHouse physicians due to safety reasons. These include controlled substances, such as opioids and other narcotics, as well as drugs with a high potential for abuse or dependence. DrHouse physicians also don’t prescribe Gabapentin, medical marijuana, muscle relaxants, and HRT medications.

  • With DrHouse getting a new prescription or a refill for your current Rx is a straightforward and quick process. All you need to do is follow a few easy steps:

    • Download the DrHouse telehealth app on your mobile device.
    • Create an account by providing basic information and medical history.
    • Start an on-demand virtual video consultation with one of our licensed physicians.
    • Discuss your medical needs and concerns with one of our physicians.
    • A doctor will review your medical history, symptoms, and current medications (if any) to determine if an online prescription is appropriate for you.
    • If a physician approves, they will electronically send a new prescription or refill request to the pharmacy of your choice.
    • Pick up your medication from the pharmacy.

    DrHouse makes it easy for you to get an online prescription from the comfort of your own home. No more waiting in line at the doctor’s office or pharmacy, and no need to take time off work to see a doctor. Our telehealth platform allows you to access quality medical care from anywhere with an internet connection.

    For more information about how our telehealth platform works visit our “How DrHouse Works” page.

  • During your virtual consultation with a DrHouse physician, you will have the opportunity to discuss your medical needs and concerns.

    The consultation will consist of a video call where a physician will assess your medical history and ask you questions about your symptoms and any other relevant information. This is to ensure that a physician has all the necessary information to make an informed decision about your prescription.

    You can also ask any questions or clarify any doubts you may have about your condition or medication. Our physicians are happy to address any concerns you may have.

    Once a physician has assessed your needs, they will determine if and what type of prescription is appropriate for you. If a new prescription or refill is approved, a doctor will send it electronically to your chosen pharmacy.

  • With our on-demand telehealth service, you have the opportunity to see the first available doctor in as little as 10 to 15 minutes. However, the exact consult time will depend on the complexity of your case and the thoroughness required by the healthcare provider to make an informed decision.

  • Absolutely, it is safe to get an online prescription from DrHouse. We are committed to ensuring the highest standards of patient safety and privacy.

    All our providers are highly qualified US-based physicians and often affiliated with major hospitals. They are board-certified and from the top U.S. medical schools with an average of 20 years of experience.

    We strictly adhere to HIPAA regulations, ensuring your personal and medical information is kept secure and confidential. Also, we comply with all applicable state and federal laws related to telehealth and the prescribing of medications.

    Therefore, you can rest assured knowing that your safety and privacy are our top priorities when you use DrHouse’s services.

  • DrHouse strives to provide accessible and affordable telehealth services. DrHouse urgent care, primary care, and specialist visits are $129 or your copay. This includes everything from your initial consultation through to the prescription of your medication.

    The cost of a doctor’s visit may be covered fully by your insurance. A typical copay is around $25. We recommend checking with your insurance provider to understand the extent of your coverage for telehealth services.

    To learn more about how much DrHouse costs, visit our pricing page

  • Yes, DrHouse accepts most major insurances, including Blue Cross Blue Shield, Aetna, and Medicare. The extent of coverage may vary depending on your individual plan.

  • Our physicians are able to prescribe up to a 90-day prescription without labs for any previously prescribed medication if it’s medically appropriate and is not classified as a controlled substance.

    DrHouse physicians also don’t prescribe Gabapentin, medical marijuana, muscle relaxants, and HRT medications.

    DrHouse physicians use their medical judgment to determine whether to prescribe and the duration.

    In certain cases, the prescription may be limited to 30 days or less. There also may be a 12-month cap for some prescriptions without labs. For medications requiring annual monitoring (such as blood work or imaging), the maximum prescription limit is 90 days within a year without labs.

    DrHouse physicians can refer patients to labs for longer prescription periods or refills.