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4-Hydroxyphenyl-beta-D-glucopyranoside; Hydroquinone ß-D-glucopyranoside; p-Hydroxyphenyl ß-D-glucoside

Molecular weight:

272,25 g/mol

Plant: Arbutin

  • Is found in damiana (Turnera diffusa), cranberry, blueberry, raspberry, wheat germ, porst, round-leaved wintergreen, bearberry (minimum requirement according to the European Pharmacopoeia 7%), coffee, tea, red wine, and pears and pear leaves
  • Is a chemical compound from the group of aryl-β-glucosides and hydroquinones.
  • It is converted in the intestine by bacteria to glucose and hydroquinone



  • Represents a prodrug as a hydroquinone glucoside
  • Poorly absorbable in its original form and cannot reach its site of action in this form


Limitations of Use:

  • Hydroquinone, which is derived from arbutin, has liver-damaging effects at higher doses and is suspected of having mutagenic or possibly even carcinogenic effects.


This is the reason for the restrictions in its use:

  • Not more than 5 times a year and for 1 week only.
  • Not during pregnancy or lactation
  • Not for children
  • Due to the high tannin content, arbutin-containing drugs, when prepared as a tea, nausea and vomiting is possible, so it should be prepared as a cold macerat

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