What is Melamet cream?
Melamet cream is a topical medicine; it contains a combination of three components, namely Mometasone, Tretinoin, and Hydroquinone. Melamet cream is used for the short term treatment of melasma, a condition of dark or discoloured patches or pigmentation on the skin of the face. For best results, avoid sun exposure of skin and the use of sunscreen is recommended. This cream should not be used for a prolonged duration unless prescribed by your dermatologist as it contains a steroid.
Uses of Melamet Cream 15gm
Melamet cream is used for the treatment of moderate to severe melasma (dark and discoloured patches on the skin) in the presence of measures for sun avoidance, including the use of sunscreen.
Warning & Precautions
Q: Can I apply Melamet Cream during pregnancy?
A: Melamet cream should not be used in pregnant women as it has the potential to cause birth defects.
Q: Can I apply Melamet Cream while breastfeeding?
A: It is not known if the ingredients of Melamet cream pass into the breast milk. It is not recommended to use if you are breastfeeding. In case your doctor prescribes you with this cream, try to use it for the shortest possible duration in small areas of skin.
Q: Can I drive if I have applied Melamet Cream?
A: Melamet cream is meant for external application and thus may not affect driving ability.
Q: Can I consume alcohol if I have applied Melamet Cream?
A: It is not known if constituents of Melamet cream interacts with alcohol.
Other General Warnings
Talk to your doctor if
- You have a history of allergic reactions upon application of topical medicines.
- You are pregnant, maybe pregnant or breastfeeding.
- You experience skin rashes and infection after the application of Melamet cream.
- A prolonged application may lead to side effects such as Cushing’s syndrome (weight gain, fatty deposits under the skin, moon face, purple patches on the skin, etc.), and increased sugar levels in the blood and urine.
- Avoid exposure to sun rays as it may be harmful after applying this cream and use a broad-spectrum sunblock while using this cream.
- You should not use this cream in case of known allergy to Mometasone, Tretinoin, Hydroquinoneany, or any other ingredient of this cream.
- Melamet cream should not be used by a person having skin conditions such as eczema (infected skin due to allergy), rosacea (small red pustules on face), rashes around the mouth (perioral dermatitis) or on damaged skin anywhere in the body.
- Do not use this cream if you have a history of skin tumour, viral or fungal infection of the skin, any ulcers on the skin, or tuberculosis.
Directions & For Use
- Use Melamet cream as directed by your doctor.
- Apply it on healthy skin surface free from cuts and wounds.
- Wash your hands before and after using this cream.
- Thin skin
- Skin sensitivity
Mode of Action
- Melamet cream works by the combined action of its three components, namely Mometasone, Tretinoin, and Hydroquinone.
- Hydroquinone works by inhibiting the action of an enzyme known as tyrosinase which is responsible for the production of a pigment called melanin. Melanin is responsible for skin pigmentation and melasma.
- Tretinoin is a form of vitamin A and is keratolytic in nature. It is responsible for the elimination of melanin that has been formed. It also has anti-inflammatory properties.
- Mometasone is a corticosteroid, and it works by blocking the production of inflammatory chemicals like prostaglandins and leukotrienes. It helps to reduce the redness and itchiness caused by certain skin problems.
Interactions with other medicines
Since Melamet cream is to be used externally on the skin, it is less likely to interact with other medicines taken orally. However, you should always consult your doctor if you are taking other medicines for treating any health conditions while using Melamet cream to avoid any possible interactions.
Since Melamet cream is meant for external application, cases of overdose are unlikely. However, upon accidental ingestion, contact your doctor immediately or visit the nearest hospital. If you have overapplied it, wipe out the excess cream with a clean tissue or cotton. Excessive use for a prolonged duration is not advised as it can lead to hormonal issues.
Missed a Dose
If you have missed the application of Melamet cream, apply it as soon as possible. Do not overapply this cream to compensate for the missed application.
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