Prescription Medication Information


Vaniqa (Eflornithine Hcl) is an enzyme inhibitor used topically to slow the growth of unwanted facial hair in women. It does not remove hair.

How to use Vaniqa

Follow the directions for using Vaniqa provided by your physician. Vaniqa comes with a patient information leaflet that you should read carefully. Ask your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist any questions that you may have about Vaniqa.

Apply a thin layer of Vaniqa to the affected areas of the face and under the chin, at least 5 minutes after hair removal (e.g., plucking, shaving).

Rub in thoroughly. Do not wash the treated area for at least 4 hours. Wait at least 8 hours between applications of Vaniqa. Cosmetics or sunscreens may be applied after Vaniqa has dried.

Side Effects
Side effects, that may go away during use of Vaniqa, include stinging, burning, redness, tingling, rash of the skin; or hair bumps (folliculitis). If they continue or are bothersome, check with your doctor.

Contact your doctor immediately if you experience bleeding skin, or swelling of the face or lips. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist.

Drug Interactions
Some medicines or medical conditions may interact with this medicine. Before using Vaniqa, inform your doctor or pharmacist of all prescription and over-the-counter medicine, including any facial or skin creams, that you are taking.

Inform you doctor of any other medical conditions, broken skin, sores on the face, allergies, pregnancy, or breast-feeding. Contact your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions or concerns about using Vaniqa.

Vaniqa is not a dipilatory. You will need to continue your routine method of hair removal while using this medicine. You may not see improvement for the first month of use. If your symptoms do not improve or become worse, check with your doctor.

Vaniqa is not for use in children under 12 years of age. FOR WOMEN: If you plan on becoming pregnant, discuss with your doctor the benefits and risks of using Vaniqa during pregnancy.

It is unknown if Vaniqa is excreted in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you are using Vaniqa, check with your doctor or pharmacist to discuss the risks to your baby.

Missed dosage
If you miss a dose of Vaniqa, skip the missed dose and return to your regular dosing schedule. Do not apply 2 doses at once.

Do not share Vaniqa with others. Keep Vaniqa and all medications out of the reach of children.

This information regarding Vaniqa is intended to supplement, not substitute the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacist or other healthcare professional. It should not be construed to indicate that the use of Vaniqa is safe, appropriate, or effective for you. Consult your healthcare professional before using Vaniqa.

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