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Generic Name: Hydroquinone topical [HYE-droe-KWIN-one-TOP-ik-al].

Brand Names: EpiQuin Micro, Kaxm, Keido, Kexm, Kutea, etc.

What is Keido?

The keido (for the face) is used to lighten the appearance of skin that has darkened areas, like age spots, freckles, melasma (sun injury), or chloasma (darkened skin due to hormonal fluctuations). Keido can also be employed for reasons not mentioned in this medication guide.

Side effects of Keido

See a doctor immediately. If you are experiencing symptoms that are warning signs of an allergic response, such as difficulty breathing, hives, and swelling of your lips, face, and tongue. Keido may cause serious side effects. Do not use Keido and consult your physician immediately if you experience:

  • Extreme redness of the skin, burning, or stinging.
  • Severe skin dryness, cracking, or bleeding.
  • Blisters, oozing.
  • The discoloration can be black or blue on the skin (especially if you're Hispanic or African American).

Common negative side effects of Keido could be:

  • Minor stinging or burning of treated skin.
  • Moderate itching, mild redness or any other type of irritation.

This is not a comprehensive list of possible side effects, and other side effects could occur. Consult your physician for advice regarding medical adverse effects. You can report any adverse reactions to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.


Follow the directions on the medicine label and on the label of your package. Be sure to inform your healthcare professionals about your medical issues, allergies, and any medications you take.

Before taking this medication, you must consult your physician.

It is not recommended to use Keido if you have an allergy to hydroquinone or peroxide. Ask your doctor or pharmacist to determine if this medication is safe to use if you have ever used:

  • kidney or liver disease.
  • Asthma, sulfite allergy.
  • If you are taking antibiotic medication.

HTML0 Consult a physician before using this medicine if you are breastfeeding or pregnant. Avoid giving this medication to anyone who is less than 12 years old without medical assistance.

What is the best way to use Keido?

Follow the instructions on the label exactly or as directed by your physician. Keido is generally applied in the morning and before bedtime. Follow the instructions of your physician for dosing extremely carefully.

Do not chew it. The topical medication is intended to be used only on the skin. Before beginning to use Keido, take the "test dose" to see whether you experience any allergic reactions to the medication. Apply a small amount of the drug to a small amount of healthy skin, and then check the area after 24 hours. If there's no reaction other than minor redness, you can begin with the entire amount of the drug. Wash your hands thoroughly before and after applying this medication if you are applying it to treat skin on your hands. Apply this medication only to the areas of your skin that need to be lightened. Make sure not to apply any medication to the skin in these areas. Avoid using Keido on wounds that are open or on sunburned, windburned, chapped, dry, or inflamed skin. Contact your physician if your symptoms don't improve after two months or if your condition becomes worse. Keep the container at room temperature, far from heat and moisture. Close the container when not being used.

What happens if I miss the dose?

Take the medication as quickly as you can; however, do not take the dose you missed if it is getting close to the time of the next dose. Avoid taking two doses at once.

What happens if I overdose?

A fatal dose of Keido isn't likely to be a danger. Get medical attention immediately or contact the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222 if you have accidentally swallowed the drug.

What should be avoided

Avoid getting Keido in your eyes. Do not apply this medication to your lips, mouth, or nose. Hydroquinone could cause numbness or tingling in these regions.

Avoid exposure to sunlight and tanning beds. Keido could cause skin to burn more quickly. Be sure to wear protective attire and apply sunblock (SPF 30 or greater) whenever you go out in the open. Certain hydroquinone products could contain sunscreen. Make sure to read the label on the medication or consult your physician for confirmation. Keido could cause your skin to be more sensitive to extreme weather conditions such as the cold and winds. Make sure you cover your skin with clothes and apply moisturizing lotion whenever you need to. The use of Keido in conjunction with benzoyl peroxide, hydrogen peroxide, and other peroxide-based products can make your skin stained. This staining will usually be washed away with soap and water. Beware of products for the skin that may cause irritation, for example, harsh shampoos, soaps, skin cleanser, hair coloring, permanent chemical hair removers, waxes, or products for the skin that contain alcohol, spices, lime, or astringents.

Interaction with other drugs

Skin care products are unlikely to be affected by other medicines that you are taking. However, many medications can interact with each other. Inform your health care providers about the medications you take, including medications that are prescribed and available over the counter, vitamins, and herbal remedies.