Vaniqa (eflornithine as hydrochloride) 11.5% cream | Facial Hair Removal
VANIQA® (eflornithine hydrochloride) Cream, 13.9% is a prescription medication applied to the skin for the reduction of unwanted facial hair in women. Usage should be limited to the face and adjacent involved areas under the chin of affected individuals.
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Vaniqa 11.5% cream contains the active ingredient eflornithine as hydrochloride. With Vaniqa you can slow the rate of facial hair growth and improve the appearance where Vaniqa cream is applied. Improvement in the condition occurs gradually. You may spend less time removing hair, or in the frequency of hair removal.
|Condition Treated:||Facial hair|
|How to take Vaniqa:||Twice a day, usually 8 hours apart|
For full details on Vaniqa cream please click on the patient leaflet below:
How to take Vaniqa:
Always use Vaniqa exactly as your doctor has told you. You should check with your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure.
- Use twice a day, at least 8 hours apart.
- If you experience irritation (e.g. stinging burning), reduce the use of Vaniqa to once daily until the irritation has gone. If it persists contact your doctor.
- If you have just shaved or used any other hair removal method, wait at least 5 minutes before using Vaniqa. It may sting or burn if you put this cream on cut or irritated skin.
- Clean and dry the areas of the skin where you will be using the cream.
- Apply a thin layer of cream and rub it in thoroughly until no visual residual product remains on the treated areas.
- If possible, do not wash these areas of skin for 4 hours after applying the cream.W
- Wash your hands after applying the cream.
- Wait at least 5 minutes before using make-up or sunscreen on the same areas.
- When using on the face, avoid contact with your eyes or the inside of your nose or mouth. If you should accidentally get Vaniqa into your eyes, mouth or nose, rinse well with water.
Vaniqa is not a depilatory cream, so you may need to continue with your hair removal method, for example by shaving or plucking.
- It may take 8 weeks before you see results. It is important to continue using the cream. If you do not see any improvement after using it for 4 months contact your doctor. If you stop using it your original hair growth may return within 8 weeks.
- If you use more Vaniqa than you should
- If you put too much cream on your skin, it is unlikely to harm you.
- If you or anyone else accidentally swallows Vaniqa, contact your doctor immediately.
- If you forget to use Vaniqa
- Apply straight away, but wait at least 8 hours before using it again.
- If you stop using Vaniqa
- To maintain the reduction of hair growth keep using Vaniqa continuously as indicated.
- If you have any further questions on the use of this medicine, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
4. POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS
Like all medicines, Vaniqa can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them.
Side effects are usually limited to the skin and mild in intensity. In such cases they normally resolve without discontinuation of Vaniqa.
The frequency of possible side effects listed below is defined using the following convention:
very common (affects more than 1 user in 10) / common (affects 1 to 10 users in 100) / uncommon (affects 1 to 10 users in 1,000) /rare (affects 1 to 10 users in 10,000)
very rare (affects less than 1 user in 10,000) / not known (frequency cannot be estimated from the available data).
Very common (affects more than 1 user in 10)
Common (affects 1 to 10 users in 100)
- dry skin
- hair loss
- inflammation around the hair shaft
- skin irritation and bumps caused by shaving
- skin irritation
- stinging, tingling or burning feeling on the skin
Uncommon (affects 1 to 10 users in 1,000)
- bumpy rash (papular rash)
- cold sores
- redness and irritation at the site where the cream is applied
- inflammed, dry, cracked or numb lips
- ingrowing hairs
- pale areas on the skin
- skin bleeding
- skin boils
- skin flushing
- skin inflammation
- sore skin
- swelling of the mouth or face
- unusual hair texture or hair growth
Rare (affects 1 to 10 users in 10,000)
- abnormal skin growth (skin neoplasm)
- excessive hair growth
- flushing, facial redness and pimples possibly with pus
- other skin disorders
- red, scaly and itchy skin inflammation (seborrhoeic dermatitis)
- red, bumpy or blistering rash
- skin cysts
- skin tightness