Vaniqa is a cream preparation indicated for excess facial hair growth in women. It is applied directly to the area of skin affected and helps to slow down growth.
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Contains 60g per tube. Vaniqa is made up of 11.5% eflornithine, which is the active ingredient.
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Vaniqa is a dermally-applied cream medication for hirsutism, which is the name given to excess hair growth in women. The treatment is applied to the face and works by reducing the rate of hair growth, by interfering with the action of an enzyme in the body. It is designed to be administered to the facial area affected twice a day, and will generally produce noticeable results after around two months of continued use.
- Applied to slow growth of facial hair
- Noticeable results in weeks
- Alternative to hormonal medicine
Hirsutism is a condition which many women experience at some point in their lives. According to estimates, it is thought to affect around one to three out of every 20 women between the ages of 18 and 50 in the UK; and many of those will agree that it can be uncomfortable, as well as a challenge to have to manage on a regular basis.
The condition is characterised by unusual hair growth in places such as the upper lip and chin. Sometimes, this excess hair can appear on the front of the thighs, or the stomach and chest; and may be accompanied by acne. Although hirsutism itself is not a serious condition, it can be distressing for someone to endure, and have a detrimental impact on a person’s sense of confidence.
Imbalanced hormone levels are the primary cause of this condition; specifically a high presence of male hormones, also known as androgens. Sometimes, this might be caused by an underlying condition, called polycystic ovarian syndrome (or PCOS), where small cysts develop around the ovaries and affect the way they work. Treatment for PCOS may involve hormonal supplementation through the combined pill, or other measures.
Otherwise, the condition may simply be a result of hypersensitivity to male hormones which are at normal levels in the body.
Vaniqa Almirall is a cream for excess facial hair, which contains an active ingredient called eflornithine. This counteracts the function of an enzyme called ornithine decarboxylase. This enzyme is found inside hair follicles, and is a necessary component in the growth of hair. Vaniqa prevents this enzyme from working properly, and this helps to reduce the rate at which excess hair grows; thereby helping the user to go about their day without having to worry about the presence of excess hair.
Vaniqa is available from our UK pharmacy on renewal only. If you are not taking this medication, you will need to consult with your GP first to make sure it is suitable.
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How to use Vaniqa
To get the most out of your treatment and reduce the possibility of side effects, it is vital to follow the directions your prescriber has given you, and adhere to the instructions provided.
- Apply as directed by your doctor.
- This may be twice a day, with at least 8 hours between administrations.
- It is only to be used on the face.
- Reduce the amount you apply if it causes irritation.
- If you have just shaved or washed, let the area settle before applying Vaniqa.
- Be sure to rub the cream into the area until no residue is left.
- Let the cream work for at least four hours before washing the region.
- Do not use more than your doctor has told you to.
Detailed guidelines can be found in the patient information leaflet. Refer to these before use.
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Vaniqa side effects
Even though not everyone who uses this medicine will experience side effects, it is important to be aware of them so that you can act appropriately in the event that they occur. Tell your doctor right away if you notice any signs of an allergic reaction or the development of any harmful adverse reactions.
Very common (1 in 10 people or more):
Common (1 in 10 people or less):
Dry skin, hair loss, itching, irritation, burning or tingling.
Uncommon (1 in 100 people or less):
Cold sores, eczema, cracked or numb lips, ingrowing hairs, pale areas on the skin, bleeding, boils, flushing, soreness or swelling.
Rare (1 in 10,000 people or less):
Abnormal skin growth, excessive hair growth, skin disorders such as inflammation, cysts, or tightness.
Taking it with other medicines
Let your prescriber know if you are using any other medications during consultation.
Conditions to look out for
This product may not be suitable for persons who have a history of liver or kidney dysfunction.
Pregnancy and breastfeeding
Patients who are pregnant or breastfeeding should not use this product. If this applies to you, speak to your GP for advice on suitable alternatives.
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Can I still drink alcohol?
Yes. Alcohol should not inhibit the function of this product.
Will I still be able to drive?
Yes. Your ability to drive should not be affected. However, you should avoid driving if you experience any side effects which may make doing so dangerous and notify your doctor immediately.
Can I use this medicine while pregnant?
No. Do not use this cream if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. Speak to your doctor about alternative forms of treatment in these cases.
How do I store it?
Do not keep this cream in an environment above 25°C. You should also ensure it remains out of the reach of children.
Am I allergic to anything in the medicine?
Vaniqa contains the following ingredients: eflornithine; cetostearyl alcohol; macrogol cetostearyl ether; dimeticone; glyceryl stearate; phenoxyethanol; propyl parahydroxybenzoate (E216); macrogol stearate; methyl parahydroxybenzoate (E218); liquid paraffin; purified water and stearyl alcohol. Please note that small amounts of sodium hydroxide (E524) are occasionally employed to maintain acidity levels (pH levels) normality.
Avoid using this treatment if you are allergic or unable to tolerate any of the above.
Is it available over-the-counter?
No. You can only buy Vaniqa in the UK if you have a prescription for it.
Patients looking to renew their prescription can do so with our online consultation facility.
Is it right for me?
The treatment you use for excess hair will be decided on by your GP. If you are not currently using Vaniqa, you will need to check with your doctor first to make sure this is a suitable option for you.
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