A popular antioxidant drug, Glutathione, which was originally used by cancer patients is now being popularly used for its skin-lightening side-effects.
That Indian’s are obsessed with fairness is not new to us, but this obsession has increased to such as extent that a drug that is meant to help cancer patients to cope with chemotherapy toxicity is now being popularly used because one of its side-effects is skin lightening. The drug is an anti-oxidant called Glutathione. It is not more popular as a skin-whitening agent than a cancer patient e-exclusive therapy.
Glutathione capsules come in strengths of 100 mg and 500 mg and tend to lighten the skin tone by two shared when they are had once a day for two to three months. More harmful is the off-label use of the drug in injectable doses of 1, 200 mg, which is usually prescribed for 10 consecutive weeks after which people are recommended to take capsules to retain the lighter complexion.
The FDA states that side-effects of the injection include a range of skin problems such as skin rashes, kidney damage, disruption in thyroid function, toxic epidermal necrolysis and Stevens-Johnson syndrome. Some of these conditions can cause fever, skin peeling, severe rash and blisters. People who get affected by these skin problems upon using the drug need to be treated in a hyper-sterile burns ward at the hospital.
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Article courtesy: Hindustan Times
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