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Name of the generic: eflornithine topical ee-FLOOR-nih theen [ ee-FLOOR-nih-theen
The class of drug: miscellaneous topical agents

What is Vaniqa?

Vaniqa blocks a chemical within hair follicles underneath the skin. This slows hair growth when the medication is injected.Vaniqa cream can be utilized to eliminate the appearance of unwanted facial hair in women.Vaniqa cream is not able to permanently eliminate facial hair, nor does it hinder hair growth.


The cream Vaniqa is intended to be used only for external use.Continue using Vaniqa even when you don't see immediate outcomes. The reduction in facial hair happens slowly. Improvement can be observed within 4–8 weeks after treatment, but it can take longer for some people. If there is no improvement after six months of treatment, the treatment should be stopped. Growth in hair can resume to pretreatment levels around 8 weeks following the cessation of treatment.

Follow the instructions on your prescription label and the package. Be sure to inform your health care providers about your allergies, medical issues, and all medications you take.

Before you take this drug

It is not recommended to use Vaniqa cream if you have suffered reactions to the chemical eflornithine in the past.It isn't known if Vaniqa cream can affect a newborn baby. Consult your physician if you are expecting or planning to be pregnant.

It is unclear if the topical eflornithine is absorbed into breast milk or the risk to breastfeeding babies. Consult your physician if you are breastfeeding a baby.Vaniqa is not a product that has been approved for use by anyone less than 12 years old.

Similar or related drugs

Spironolactone, Aldactone, Flutamide, Florexa, Eulexin, and Eflornithine Topical

How to take Vaniqa?

Apply the Vaniqa cream as prescribed by your doctor.Follow all instructions listed on your prescription's label. Do not take this medication in smaller or larger quantities or for longer periods than prescribed.Do not consume by mouth. Topical medicine should be used solely on the skin. Avoid using it on open wounds, dry, sunburned, or chapped skin.

The cream Vaniqa is typically applied two times a day and at a minimum of 8-hour intervals. This cream should be used only on the chin and face. Don't apply it to any other parts of your body.Before applying, take off all facial hair using the preferred method of hair removal (razors or tweezers). You should wait at least 5 minutes prior to applying for Vaniqa.

Wash your hands thoroughly prior to and after you apply the medication.Spread a light layer of cream on all parts of your face and under the chin, and rub the area well.Let the medicine dry completely before applying any sunscreen or cosmetics to the affected areas.Don't clean the areas of treatment for a minimum of 4 hours after applying Vaniqa.If this medicine causes irritation to your skin, you might have to limit your use to a single dose per day.

Consult your physician if it doesn't improve or gets more severe.Vaniqa cream does not function as an effective hair removal product (depilatory). It is recommended to use your current methods of removing hair. This medication can aid in managing your skin health and improve your appearance.

Vaniqa can reduce the growth of facial hair slowly. Use the drug even if you don't immediately see results. It could take anywhere from 4 to 8 weeks or more before you begin to notice improvements.Stop using this medication if you are not able to achieve the desired results within 6 months of treatment.

Place the medicine in a cool, dry place far from heat and moisture. Don't allow the medicine to become frozen.Hair growth can get back to pretreatment levels around 8 weeks after stopping taking Vaniqa.

Details on dosage

Usual Adult Dose for Hirsutism:

Spread a light layer of Vaniqa cream onto the parts of your face as well as adjacent areas of concern under the chin. Rub the area thoroughly. Don't wash the treated area for at least 4 hours. Apply twice daily, at least 8 hours between treatments, or as prescribed by a doctor.

Continue using hair removal methods as needed when using eflornithine. Apply eflornithine for 5 minutes following hair removal. The sunscreen or cosmetics can be applied to treated areas once they have dried.

What happens if I miss the dose?

Take the dose you missed immediately after you remember. Do not take your missed dose if it's close to time for the next dose. Don't take extra medication to make up for the missed dose.

What happens if I overdose?

A dose of Vaniqa cream isn't expected to pose any danger. Get medical attention immediately, or contact the poison help line at 1-800-222-1222, in the event that someone has swallowed the drug accidentally.

What should be avoided?

If the medicine is absorbed into your eyes, wash them thoroughly with clean water and call your doctor.

Side effects of Vaniqa

See a doctor immediately. If you notice symptoms that you are experiencing an allergic reaction to Vaniqa cream,face, suchives,ives; difficulty breathing, and swelling of your lips, face or tongue,

Stop taking eflornithine. Call your doctor immediately. If you suffer from:

  • Extreme irritation of the treated skin severe irritation of the treated skin
  • The appearance of a crust or redness on your hair follicles

Common Vaniqa adverse effects could be:

  • A rash, redness, burning, itching, or tingling
  • Acne or red bumps on the skin
  • Skin dryness;

This isn't an exhaustive list of possible side effects, and others could happen. Consult your physician to seek medical advice on adverse effects. You can report any adverse reactions to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Interaction with other drug

It's not likely that other drugs you are taking by mouth or injecting will affect the topically applied Vaniqa cream. However, many medications can interact with each other. Be sure to inform your health professionals about the medicines you take, which include prescription and non-prescription medications, vitamins, and herbal remedies.