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monobenzone topical (cont.)

What should I discuss with my health care provider before using monobenzone (Benoquin)?

You should not use this medication if you are allergic to monobenzone. Do not use monobenzone on any areas that are not affected by vitiligo.

Monobenzone is not to be used as a cosmetic bleaching agent.

To make sure you can safely use monobenzone, tell your doctor if you are allergic to any drugs.

FDA pregnancy category C. It is not known whether monobenzone will harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant while using this medication.

It is not known whether monobenzone passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Do not use this medication without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.

Do not use this medication on a child younger than 12 years old.

How should I use monobenzone (Benoquin)?

Use exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not use in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended. Follow the directions on your prescription label.

Monobenzone is usually applied 2 or 3 times per day. Apply in a thin layer to the pigmented skin areas and rub in gently.

It may take up to 4 months to complete the depigmentation of treated skin. Keep using the medication as directed and tell your doctor if your condition does not improve after 1 month of treatment.

After the first 4 months of treatment, you may need to use monobenzone only twice per week to maintain desired results.

Using monobenzone may cause changes in the color of your untreated skin. Talk with your doctor if you have concerns about possible depigmentation of other skin areas not affected by vitiligo.

Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat.

Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

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