Vaniqa Cream (Eflornithine) Medication


Vaniqa Cream (Eflornithine)

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Drug Description


Vaniqa Cream is a prescription medicine indicated for the reduction of unwanted facial and chin hair in women. 

As a miscellaneous topical product, Vaniqa Cream works by inhibiting a specific enzyme essential for skin hair growth. This action decelerates hair growth and could potentially result in finer and lighter hair texture. 

Uses and Dosage 

Before using Vaniqa Cream and with every prescription refill, carefully review its medication guide and patient information leaflet. If you have concerns, do not hesitate to contact your doctor or pharmacist. 

Vaniqa Cream is intended solely for topical application and should not be used in the eyes, mouth, or vagina. Avoid applying it to cuts, burns, dry or irritated skin. 

Typically, Vaniqa Cream is applied twice daily to the affected facial and chin regions, with at least an 8-hour interval between applications. 

To properly use this cream, follow these steps: 

  1. Before application, remove facial hair using your preferred method (razor, tweezers, etc.). Wait for at least 5 minutes before applying Vaniqa Cream. 
  2. Wash your hands thoroughly before applying the cream. 
  3. Apply a thin layer of the cream to all affected areas on your face or under your chin, ensuring thorough rubbing as instructed by your doctor. 
    • Ensure the cream doesn’t come into contact with your eyes, nose, or mouth. If it does, rinse immediately with clean water. If it gets in your eyes, rinse thoroughly and contact your doctor. 
  4. After application, wash your hands immediately. 
  5. Refrain from washing the treated areas for at least 4 hours after application. 

Before applying cosmetics or sunscreen to the treated areas, ensure that the cream is completely dry. 

Vaniqa Cream should be used according to the prescribed instructions at a consistent time every day. Avoid exceeding the recommended dosage or frequency, as it will not expedite improvement and may heighten the likelihood of adverse reactions. 

Inform your doctor if your skin becomes red or irritated. Your doctor might advise reducing the application to once daily or discontinuing the medication. 

Discontinue the use of Vaniqa Cream if the desired outcomes are not achieved within 6 months. 

Side Effects 

Listed below are the potential adverse effects of Vaniqa Cream. Tell your doctor right away if any of these symptoms last or worsen. 

Common Side Effects 

  • Temporary redness, rash, burning, stinging, itching, or tingling 
  • Development of acne or red bumps on the skin 
  • Skin dryness 
  • Headache 

Serious Side Effects 

  • Intense irritation of the treated skin 
  • Redness or crusting around hair follicles 

Stop using Vaniqa Cream and contact your doctor right away if you experience any of the serious side effects mentioned above. 

Allergic Reactions 

Although rare, a severe allergic reaction to Vaniqa Cream may occur. Immediate medical assistance is necessary upon observing any indications of an allergic response, including: 

  • Hives 
  • Difficulty in breathing 
  • Face, lips, tongue, or throat swelling 

Not all side effects of Vaniqa Cream are included in this list. Report to your doctor if any unlisted effects are encountered. 


Before using Vaniqa Cream, inform your doctor if you have any known allergies, particularly to eflornithine.  

This cream may contain inactive ingredients like methylparaben, which can potentially trigger allergic reactions or other complications. For further information, consult with your pharmacist. 

To ensure Vaniqa Cream is safe for you, disclose to your physician your medical background, especially if you have a history of cuts, infections, or sores on the face. 

Vaniqa Cream is typically not affected by oral or injectable medications. Nonetheless, inform your healthcare providers about all your medicines, including prescriptions, over-the-counter drugs, vitamins, and herbal products, to avoid potential drug interactions. 

The potential impact of Vaniqa cream on an unborn baby is uncertain. If you are pregnant or intend to become pregnant, notify your doctor. 

The transfer of eflornithine topical into breast milk and its potential effects on a nursing baby are unknown. If you are breastfeeding, consult your doctor for guidance before using Vaniqa Cream. 

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