I've been using Obagi 5, hydroquinone 4% over one year. Now I found out I am one month pregnant and stopped using it. Do I have a risk of birth defect on my baby?
Hydroquinone and Pregnancy. Do I have a risk of birth defect on my baby?
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Pregnancy and hydroquinone creams
I would cease all prescription topical creams now that you know you are pregnant, unless they are specifically recommended by a knowledgeable physician. Raffy Karamanoukian, Los Angeles
Hydroquinone and pregnancy
Hydroquinone and Pregnancy
Thank you for your question. Fortunately, you stopped it as soon as you found out. It's a topical medication so there is very little to no systemic absorption. The risk of a birth defect is minimal to none. I would recommend continuing a healthy lifestyle and follow-up with your MD as scheduled. I hope this helps.
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Obagi and Pregnancy
We do not recommend patients to use this system during pregnancy, due to the hydroquinone. At least you are in a very early stage of pregnancy, but I would talk to my OBGYN about my concerns. Best of luck with your pregnancy.
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