What is Vaniqa?
Eflornithine HCL 13.9% is the only cream licensed for the treatment of excessive facial hair and hirsutism in women. The branded name of this medication is Vaniqa, which is manufactured by Almirall.
How does Vaniqa Cream work?
Vaniqa works under the skin to stop growth of hair roots by blocking an essential enzyme involved in this process known as ornithine decarboxylase. This results in slower growth of the hair follicle and improves appearance. Is it important to understand that Vaniqa cream works to slow growth of unwanted facial hair, it does not act to remove excessive hair.
How do I use Vaniqa Cream?
Vaniqa cream should be applied twice daily at least 8 hours apart. The cream should be applied to clean, dry skin and rubbed in thoroughly. You should not wash your face for at least 4 hours after application. Cosmetics (including sunscreen) may be applied over the treated area after 5 minutes of applying Vaniqa cream. Vaniqa should only be used on the face and under the chin as these are the only areas that it has been proved to be effective.
When Vaniqa is used in conjunction with other cosmetic treatments such as threading or plucking, the cream should be applied 5 minutes after completing the cosmetic hair removal otherwise skin stinging or irritation may occur. Continuous application of this cream is essential for best results, as symptoms may return to pre-treatment levels within 8 weeks of stopping treatment. Patients should ensure they wash their hands thoroughly following application of Vaniqa.
What are the cautions related to using Vaniqa Cream?
Although Vaniqa Cream is commonly used as a stop smoking aid in the UK, it is important to check if the medication is suitable for you. Vaniqa Cream should not be used by people suffering with certain conditions. As Vaniqa cream is applied locally it does not undergo systemic absorption therefore it has not been found to interact significantly with any other medications. You should always read the patient information leaflet (PIL) for Vaniqa Cream before taking this medication to ensure it is safe for you to use.
What are the side effects of Vaniqa Cream?
Vaniqa cream like all medications can be associated with certain side effects although not all patients would experience these. The adverse effects associated with this medication are generally classed as mild in intensity and localised to areas of application, they should resolve themselves without the need to stop treatment.
Common side-effects that can occur while using Vaniqa cream, include:
- Stinging or burning skin
- Itchy or Dry skin
- Tingling skin
For more information about the side effects associated with this medication please see the patient information leaflet (PIL) or contact PostMyMeds.
How effective is Vaniqa Cream?
Vaniqa cream has been seen to improve unwanted facial hair symptoms with 4-8 weeks of starting treatment. If no improvement is seen within 4 months of starting treatment with Vaniqa patients should stop applying the cream and see their GP to discuss alternative options.
Where can I find more information on Excessive Facial Hair and Vaniqa Cream?
Please refer to the patient information leaflet (PIL) for further information on Vaniqa Cream. You can find more information on Excessive Facial Hair on the Conditions category page.