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Vaniqa (eflornithine) cream

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What is Vaniqa?

Vaniqa is a white cream that contains 115mg eflornithine (as hydrochloride monohydrate) in each gram. It has been proven in clinical trials to be safe and effective for the treatment of facial hirsutism (facial hair) in women, and works for all ethnicities and skin types.

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How does Vaniqa work?

Vaniqa blocks an enzyme called ornithine decarboxylase, which is involved in the production of the hair shaft by the hair follicle. Vaniqa has been shown to reduce the rate of hair growth. In clinical trials, improvement of facial hair was seen in 70% of women. In addition, Vaniqa significantly reduced how bothered patients felt by their facial hair and by the time spent removing, treating, or concealing facial hair. Patient comfort in various social and work settings was also improved.

What are the benefits of Vaniqa?

In clinical trials, up to 30 grams of Vaniqa per month (half a tube containing 60 grams) were used safely. Improvement in the condition may be noticed within eight weeks of starting treatment. Continued treatment may result in further improvement and you must continue to use Vaniqa to keep the problem at bay. If you stop use of this treatment, facial hair will return within eight weeks.

If you do not see any benefit from use within four months, you should stop using Vaniqa.

How to use Vaniqa

Vaniqa should only be used if prescribed by a registered doctor. Contact with the nose and eyes and other mucous membranes should be avoided. Temporary stinging or burning sensations can occur if Vaniqa is applied to broken skin.

A thin layer of the cream should be thoroughly rubbed in to the clean and dry affected areas twice a day so that no cream remains on the top of the skin. At least eight hours should be left between applications and you should wash your hands after use. For best results, do not wash the treated area within four hours of application. Cosmetics (including sunscreens) can be applied over the treated areas five minutes after application.

Patients may need to continue to use a hair removal method (for example shaving or plucking) in conjunction with Vaniqa. In that case, you should wait at least five minutes after hair removal before applying the cream to avoid stinging or burning.

In some patients the skin may sting or burn when Vaniqa is applied over time (skin intolerance). If this happens, temporarily reduce application to once a day. If the intolerance persists you should stop use and seek advice from your doctor.

What are the side effects of Vaniqa?

It is possible to be allergic to Vaniqa – and it’s important that, should you experience an allergic reaction, cease use immediately.

As is the case with all medicines, Vaniqa can cause side effects but many people will not get them. The most common of these is acne – either the worsening of existing acne or causing acne in just over one in 10 people who use Vaniqa.

Other common side effects are skin reactions from ingrown hair, hair loss, a burning, stinging or tingling feeling, dry skin, itching, redness or rash. Uncommon side effects are ingrown hairs, swelling of the face or mouth, skin bleeding, cold sores, dry, cracked or numb lips, pale areas of the skin, sore skin, flushing of the skin, eczema, irritation of the skin, skin boils, abnormal hair texture and abnormal hair growth.

Rare side effects are inflammation and flushing of the skin, and can also cause pus under the skin, a red, scaly, itchy dermatitis, abnormal skin growth, red bumpy rash, skin cysts, blistering rash, excessive hair growth, skin tightness and other skin disorders.

If you notice these or any other side effects, or if you are not sure about the effect of Vaniqa, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

You should consult the full list of side effects for Vaniqa, which can be found on the patient information leaflet provided with your treatment. Details of this can also be found here.