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Eflornithine Topical

Name of the generic: eflornithine topical [ee-FLOOR’-nih-theen]

Brand name : Vaniqa.
Dosage format: topical cream (13.9 percent)
Classification of drugs: Miscellaneous topical agents

What is Eflornithine Topical?

Eflornithine blocks the chemical present within the hair follicles underneath the skin. This slows hair growth when the medication is applied.Topical eflornithine can be used to eliminate unwanted facial hair in women.Eflornithine topical treatment does not permanently eliminate facial hair or stop hair growth.Topical eflornithine may be used for other purposes that are not mentioned in this guideline.

Side effects of Eflornithine Topical

Contact a medical professional immediately. If you are experiencing warning signs of an allergic response, such as hives, difficulty breathing, and swelling of your lips, face, and tongue,

Eflornithine could cause serious adverse side effects. Stop using eflornithine and consult your physician immediately. If you experience:

  • Acute irritation of the treated skin
  • The appearance of redness or crusting on hair follicles

Common adverse effects of eflornithine topical can be:

  • It may be temporary swelling, rash, burning, stinging, itching, or tingling.
  • Acne or bumps that appear red on the face;
  • Skin dryness; or

This isn't an exhaustive list of all the side effects. Other side effects could occur. Contact your physician for advice regarding medical effects. You may report any adverse reactions to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.


Follow all the instructions on the label of your medication and the package. Be sure to inform your health care providers about your medical issues, allergies, and the medicines you are taking.

Before you take this drug

It is not recommended to use eflornithine cream if you've suffered an allergic reaction previously.It isn't known if topical eflornithine could harm a newborn baby. Consult your physician if you are expecting or planning to be pregnant.It isn't known if the eflornithine-based topical is absorbed by breast milk or if there is a risk to the nursing infant. Consult your physician if you are breastfeeding a child.Eflornithine topically is not a product that is approved for use by any person younger than 12 years of age.

How to take Eflornithine Topical?

Follow the directions on the prescription label. Do not take this medication in greater or lesser amounts or for longer than prescribed.Do not chew it. Topical medicine should be used exclusively on your skin. Avoid using it on open wounds, dry, sunburned, chapped, or irritated skin.The topical application of eflornithine is typically done every day for at least 8-hour intervals. This medication is to be used only on the chin and face.Avoid applying it to other parts of your body.Prior to application, take off facial hair using the preferred method for removing hair (razor, tweezers, etc.). You should wait at least 5 minutes prior to applying the topical eflornithine.Wash your hands thoroughly prior to or after using the medication.Apply a thin layer of cream to all areas affected by the face or under the chin. Rub it in well.Make sure the medication has dried completely before applying the cosmetics and sunscreen to the areas that have been treated.Do not wash your treatment areas for at least four hours after applying eflornithine to the area.If this medication causes irritation to your skin, you might have to limit your use to once a day.Contact your physician if it doesn't improve or gets more severe.Topical eflornithine isn't an effective hair removal product (depilatory). It is recommended to keep using your existing hair removal methods. Eflornithine topical cream can help you manage your skin condition and enhance your appearance.Eflornithine topical cream can reduce the growth of facial hair gradually. Continue to use the medication even if you don't notice immediate effects. It could take between 4 and 8 weeks or more to see improvement.

Stop using this medication if you don't see the desired results within 6 months of treatment.Place the medicine in a cool, dry place, free of heat and moisture. Don't allow the medicine to become frozen.Hair growth can be restored to pre-treatment levels around 8 weeks after stopping treatment with eflornithine.

Details on dosage

Usual Adult Dose for Hirsutism:

Apply a thin coating to areas of concern. area(s) on the skin and below the chin every day, allowing at least 8 hours between treatments.
The drug has been examined on the face and other affected areas below the chin, and, therefore, its use should be limited to these regions of concern.
The treated area must not be cleaned for at least 4 hours.
The patient is advised to continue to apply methods for removing hair with this drug, with the application of the cream for within 5 minutes of hair removal.
Use: To decrease the amount of facial hair that is not needed by women.

Usual Pediatric Dose for Hirsutism:

Age 12 or over Apply a thin coating of cream to the areas of the face that are affected. area(s) in the area of your face as well as below the chin every day, with a minimum of 8 hours between applications.
The drug has been tested for the face and affected areas below the chin, so its use must be limited to these regions of concern.
The area to be treated should not be cleaned for a minimum of 4 hours.
The patient is advised to continue using methods to remove hair with this medication and apply this cream at least 5 minutes after hair removal.
Use: To reduce the appearance of facial hair that is unattractive to women.

What happens if I miss the dose?

Take the dose you missed when you remember. Don't miss any missed doses if it's close to the time for the next dose.Do not double up on medication to make up for missed doses. This will only make matters worse.

What happens if I overdose?

A dose of eflornithine that is too high isn't expected to pose a risk. You should seek medical attention in an emergency or contact the poison helpline at 1-800-222-1222 if you have accidentally swallowed the drug.

What should be avoided?

If the medication gets into your eyes, clean them thoroughly with water, and then contact your doctor.

Interaction with other drugs

It's unlikely that other medications you take by mouth or inject could affect the topically applied eflornithine. However, many medications can interact with each other. Inform your health professionals about any medications you take, such as prescription and over-the-counter medications, vitamins, and herbs.