Ala Quin

ALA QUIN- hydrocortisone and clioquinol cream
Crown Laboratories

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Rx Only

For external use only.

Not for ophthalmic use.


Iodochlorhydroxyquin (Clioquinol) is an antifungal agent and a member of a family of drugs called hydroxyquinolines. Chemically, Iodochlorhydroxyquin is 5-chloro-7-iodo-quinolin-8-ol. Its structural formula is:

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The topical corticosteroids constitute a class of primarily synthetic steroids used as anti-inflammatory and antipruritic agents. Hydrocortisone is a member of this class. Chemically hydrocortisone is pregn-4-ene-3, 20-dione, 11, 17, 21-trihydroxy, (11β)-. Its structural formula is:

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Each gram of ALA-QUIN contains 5 mg Hydrocortisone USP and 30 mg Iodochlorhydroxyquin USP in a cream base consisting of purified water, glycerin, cetyl alcohol, polysorbate 80, stearyl alcohol, sodium lauryl sulfate, cetyl palmitate and sorbic acid.


Iodochlorhydroxyquin is a broad-spectrum antibacterial and antifungal. Its precise mechanism of action is unknown. Topical corticosteroids share anti-inflammatory, antipruritic and vasoconstrictive actions. The mechanism of anti-inflammatory activity of the topical corticosteroids is unclear. Various laboratory methods, including vasoconstrictor assays, are used to compare and predict potencies that a recognizable correlation exists between vasoconstrictor potency and therapeutic efficacy in man.


The extent of percutaneous absorption of topical corticosteroids is determined by many factors including the vehicle, the integrity of the epidermal barrier, and the use of occlusive dressings.

Topical corticosteroids can be absorbed from normal intact skin. Inflammation and/or other disease processes in the skin increase percutaneous absorption. Occlusive dressings substantially increase the percutaneous absorption of the topical corticosteroids. Thus, occlusive dressings may be a valuable therapeutic adjunct for treatment of resistant dermatoses. (See DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION).

Once absorbed through the skin, topical corticosteroids are handled through pharmacokinetic pathways similar to systemically administered corticosteroids. Corticosteroids are bound to plasma proteins in varying degrees. Corticosteroids are metabolized primarily in the liver and are then excreted by the kidneys. Some of the topical corticosteroids and their metabolites are also excreted into the bile.


Based on a review of this drug by the National Academy of Sciences-National Research Council and/or other information, FDA has classified the indications as follows:

“Possibly” effective: Contact or atopic dermatitis; impetiginized eczema; nummular eczema; infantile eczema; endogenous chronic infectious dermatitis; stasis dermatitis; pyoderma; nuchal eczema and chronic eczematoid otitis externa; acne urticata; localized or disseminated neurodermatitis; lichen simplex chronicus; anogenital pruritus (vulvae, scroti, ani); folliculitis; bacterial dermatoses; mycotic dermatoses such as tinea (capitis, cruris, corporis, pedis); moniliasis; intertrigo.

Final classification of the less-than-effective indications requires further investigation.


Hypersensitivity to lodochlorhydroxyquin-Hydrocortisone, or any of its ingredients or related compounds: lesions of the eye, tuberculosis of the skin; most viral skin lesions (including herpes simplex, vaccinia, and varicella).

Patients sensitive to chloroxine, iodine, or iodine-containing preparations may also be sensitive to this medication.



Staining of skin and fabrics may occur. Additionally, there are rare reports of discoloration (yellowing) of hair and nails. Iodochlorhydroxyquin-Hydrocortisone may prove irritating to sensitized skin in rare cases. If irritation occurs, discontinue therapy. Check with physician if no improvement within 1 to 2 weeks.

Systemic absorption of topical corticosteroids has produced reversible hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis suppression, manifestations of Cushing’s syndrome, hyperglycemia, and glucosuria in some patients. Signs and symptoms of systemic toxicity, electrolyte imbalance, or adrenal suppression have not been reported with Iodochlorhydroxyquin-Hydrocortisone. Nevertheless, the possibility of suppression of the HPA axis during therapy should be kept in mind, especially when the drug is used under occlusive dressings, for a prolonged period, or for treating extensive cutaneous areas since significant absorption of corticosteroid may occur under these conditions, particularly in children and infants.

Patients receiving a large dose of a potent topical corticosteroid applied to a large surface area or under an occlusive dressing should be evaluated periodically for evidence of HPA axis suppression by using the urinary free cortisol and ACTH stimulation tests. If HPA axis suppression is noted, an attempt should be made to withdraw the drug, to reduce the frequency of application, or to substitute a less potent corticosteroid.

Recovery of HPA axis function is generally prompt and complete upon discontinuation of the drug. Infrequently, signs and symptoms of steroid withdrawal may occur, requiring supplemental systemic corticosteroids.

Children may absorb proportionally larger amounts of topical corticosteroids and thus be more susceptible to systemic toxicity (See PRECAUTIONS – Pediatric Use)

If irritation develops, topical corticosteroids should be discontinued and appropriate therapy instituted.

Iodochlorhydroxyquin may be absorbed through the skin and interfere with thyroid function test.

Iodochlorhydroxyquin may cause significant elevation of protein-bound iodine (PBI) or butanol-extractable iodine (BEI) and a decrease in radioactive iodine (RAI) uptake. If such tests are contemplated, wait at least one month between discontinuation of therapy and performance of these tests.

Prolonged use may result in overgrowth of nonsusceptible organisms requiring appropriate therapy. In the presence of systemic infections, appropriate systemic antibiotics should be used.

Information for the Patient

Patients using Iodochlorhydroxyquin-Hydrocortisone should receive the following information and instructions:

1. This medication is to be used as directed by the physician.

2. This medication is for external use only. Do not use in or around the eyes. This product is not for ophthalmic use.

3. Patients should be advised not to use this medication for any disorder other than for which it is prescribed.

4. Patients should report any signs of local adverse reactions especially under occlusive dressing.

Latoratory Tests

The following tests may be helpful in evaluating the HPA axis suppression:

Urinary free cortisol test

ACTH stimulation test

Carcinogenesis, Mutagenesis, and Impairment of Fertility

Long-term animal studies have not been performed to evaluate the carcinogenic potential or the effect on fertility of topical corticosteroids.
Studies to determine mutagenicity with prednisolone and hydrocortisone have revealed negative results.

Pregnancy Category C

Although topical steroids have not been reported to have an adverse effect on pregnancy, the safety of their use in pregnant women has not been absolutely established. Use of large amounts or for prolonged periods of time is not recommended since systemic absorption may occur. In laboratory animals, increases in incidence of fetal abnormalities have been associated with exposure of gestating females to topical corticosteroids, in some cases at rather low dosage levels. The more potent corticosteroids have been shown to be teratogenic after dermal application in laboratory animals. There are no adequate and well-controlled studies in pregnant women on teratogenic effects from topical applied corticosteroids. Topical corticosteroids should be used during pregnancy only if the potential benefit justifies the potential risk to the fetus.

Therefore, drugs of this class should not be used extensively on pregnant patients in large amounts or for prolonged periods of time.

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