What is Vaniqa?
Vaniqa is an eflornithine cream used to slow the growth of facial hair in women over the age of 18 affected by hirsutism (excessive facial hair).
How does Vaniqa work?
Vaniqa contains the active ingredient eflornithine. Eflornithine works by affecting a specific enzyme that is responsible for hair growth, and this slows down hair growth.
How do you use Vaniqa?
Always use Vaniqa as directed by your doctor or pharmacist. Vaniqa has only been tested for use on the face, so this is the only part of the body it should be used on.
Apply the cream twice a day, with an 8 hour gap between applications. Make sure the skin is clean and dry, then apply a thin layer of cream and rub it in well.
If you experience irritation such as stinging or burning, you should only use the cream once a day until this stops. If the irritation doesn’t go away, you should see your doctor.
How effective is Vaniqa?
Vaniqa is a clinically proven treatment for slowing the growth of facial hair. Effects won’t be seen immediately but should be visible in 4-8 weeks depending on the individual concerned. If no change is seen after 4 months, however, use of Vaniqa cream should be stopped.
It’s important to bear in mind that Vaniqa slows hair growth but it is NOT a hair removal cream.
What are the main side effects of Vaniqa?
Like all medicines, Vaniqa can cause side effects, although not everyone will experience them. The most common side effects of Vaniqa are:
- Dry skin
- Hair loss
For a full list of Vaniqa side effects, please see the patient information leaflet.