Vaniqa

Generic Name: Eflornithine

  • What is Vaniqa?

    Vaniqa is a topical cream (applied directly on the skin) that is used to reduce unwanted facial hair in women. Vaniqa causes slower hair growth and improved appearance of the affected areas.

  • What is the most important information I should know about Vaniqa?

    Vaniqa is for external use only. Do not use it in your eyes, nose, or mouth. If the medication gets in contact with any of those areas, rinse thoroughly with water.

    Vaniqa can cause stinging or burning when it is applied on irritated or broken skin.

    Tell your doctor if you have any allergic reaction to Vaniqa or any of its ingredients.

    You will need to continue your normal procedures for hair removal while you are using Vaniqa until the desired results are achieved.

  • Who should not take Vaniqa?

    Do not use Vaniqa if you are allergic to it or any of its ingredients.

  • What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of Vaniqa?

    Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Vaniqa. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you have allergies, are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

  • What is the usual dosage?

    The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your doctor uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your doctor may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your doctor's approval.

    Adults and children ≥12 years: Apply a thin layer of the cream to the affected area(s) twice a day, at least 8 hours apart.

  • How should I take Vaniqa?

    Apply Vaniqa exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Apply a thin layer of Vaniqa to the affected areas of your face and adjacent involved areas under your chin. You can use cosmetics or sunscreen after applying Vaniqa.

    Improvement in your condition occurs gradually, and you may see it after 4-8 weeks of treatment. Tell your doctor if you see no improvement after 6 months of use.

  • What should I avoid while taking Vaniqa?

    Do not use Vaniqa in your eyes, nose, or mouth.

    Do not wash the areas where you applied Vaniqa for at least 4 hours after applying it.

  • What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Vaniqa?

    No significant interactions have been reported with Vaniqa at this time. However, always tell your doctor about any medicines you take, including over-the-counter medications, vitamins, and herbal supplements.

  • What are the possible side effects of Vaniqa?

    Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this drug.

    Side effects may include: burning, hair bumps, rash, redness, stinging, tingling

  • Can I receive Vaniqa if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

    The effects of Vaniqa during pregnancy and breastfeeding are unknown. Tell your doctor immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

  • What should I do if I miss a dose of Vaniqa?

    If you miss a dose of Vaniqa, do not try to make it up. Skip the one you missed and return to your regular dosing schedule. Do not apply two doses at once.

  • How should I store Vaniqa?

    Store at room temperature. Do not freeze.