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What are the side effects of Panderm plus cream?

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Posted on Fri, 22 May 2015
Question: My daughter is 19 months old and we are using panderm-plus cream for her to become more fairer , does this medicine have any side effects ?
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Answered by Dr. Pradeep Kumar (34 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Too many side effects,I don't recommend it as fairness cream

Detailed Answer:
Hello

Thanks for the query

Panderm plus cream should never be used as a fairness cream for long term because of it's serious side effects particularly in children.
Panderm plus contains Ofloxacin(antibiotic),terbenafine(antifungal) and clobetasole(potent steroid).
Out of these three it is the steroid which causes fairness by inhibiting the color producing cells(melanin producing cells).Other agents like ofloxacin and terbenafine is used in bacterial and fungal infection and they don't have any role in fairness.
This cream is widely used as a fairness cream in adult females causing steroid dependence.The skin of children is much more delicate than the adults and side effect appears much earlier.The main side effects are thinning of skin,appearance of hair on the face,prominence of vessels(condition known as telengeactacia) and rashes.
So I don't recommend it as a fairness cream and suggest you to stop using this.
I shall be glad to answer if you have any further query.
Regards

Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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What are the side effects of Panderm plus cream?

Brief Answer: Too many side effects,I don't recommend it as fairness cream Detailed Answer: Hello Thanks for the query Panderm plus cream should never be used as a fairness cream for long term because of it's serious side effects particularly in children. Panderm plus contains Ofloxacin(antibiotic),terbenafine(antifungal) and clobetasole(potent steroid). Out of these three it is the steroid which causes fairness by inhibiting the color producing cells(melanin producing cells).Other agents like ofloxacin and terbenafine is used in bacterial and fungal infection and they don't have any role in fairness. This cream is widely used as a fairness cream in adult females causing steroid dependence.The skin of children is much more delicate than the adults and side effect appears much earlier.The main side effects are thinning of skin,appearance of hair on the face,prominence of vessels(condition known as telengeactacia) and rashes. So I don't recommend it as a fairness cream and suggest you to stop using this. I shall be glad to answer if you have any further query. Regards