Vaniqa cream is a topical medication consisting of a drug called eflornithine. This medication comes in one strength, 13.90%, however, internationally this strength may be measured differently and referred to as 11.5%; both contain the same percentage of eflornithine regardless of whether it says 13.90% or 11.5%.
Vaniqa Cream is most commonly prescribed to women with excess facial hair. Vaniqa is used on the face and under the chin to reduce unwanted hair growth. Most women prefer to have no facial hair and usually don’t have to worry about growing much due to normal androgen levels being so low, however, some females produce more androgens than others, having moderate to high levels, which results in more facial hair.
Vaniqa Cream (eflornithine) is effective at reducing the growth of hair because it is able to interfere with a particular chemical located in the hair follicles under the skin, which slows the hair growth.
Your doctor will tell you before prescribing you Vaniqa Cream (eflornithine) exactly how to take this medication. Follow his or her directions, they can usually be found on the prescription label if you forget. Apply this medication twice a day, 8 hours apart, or as directed by your doctor. The lid should be tightly closed when not in use and kept in room temperature. Moisture and heat may affect the drug; keep protected from moisture and heat.
What you need to know before applying Vaniqa Cream: This medication is topical, which means it is applied to the skin only; do not use this medication by mouth. Avoid using this medication on areas not located on the face or chin or on skin that is damaged, irritated, dry, chapped, sun or windburned, or on open wounds.
What you need to know while applying Vaniqa Cream: Wash your hands and shave any facial hair, in the following 5 minutes; you may begin applying the cream. Only use a small layer of the cream and rub it in thoroughly.
What you need to know after applying Vaniqa Cream: Wash your hands after using this medication and wait until the cream has dried before applying cosmetics or sunscreen to the treated areas. Do not wash the area for at least 4 hours following administration.
Do not use Vaniqa Cream (eflornithine)
If eflornithine has ever caused you an allergic reaction; do not use Vaniqa Cream.
Dose adjustment or special precautions may be required
Tell your doctor about any infections, cuts, or sores you may have located on the face.
It is not known if this medication will harm an unborn baby or if it will pass into breast milk and harm a nursing infant. Do not breast feed while using this medication until you have talked to your doctor about the risks and benefits. If you become pregnant during treatment, tell your doctor right away.
Common side effects of Vaniqa Cream (eflornithine) may include:
temporary redness, rash, burning, stinging, itching, or tingling; acne or red bumps on the skin; skin dryness; or headache
The above side effects should not alarm you.
Serious side effects of Vaniqa Cream (eflornithine) may include:
severe irritation of treated skin; or redness or crusting around your hair follicles.
If you have any of the above side effects, contact your doctor right away.
Please note this is not a complete list of side effects. Not everyone experiences side effects; they are not guaranteed. If you do have side effects and they become unmanageable, consult your doctor about alternate medications.
While it seems that Medicare doesn’t cover a lot for this medication, you may actually find a more affordable option on an online Canadian Pharmacy such as My Drug Center. We have a starting price of $91.00 for 30g. Feel free to give us a call at 1-877-385-8998 if you have any questions regarding this medication or any inquiries in general.
Vaniqa Cream is a medication that is used to slow down the growth of unwanted hair on the face and under the chin on women. It goes to work by blocking a natural substance known as an enzyme, which is needed for hair growth in the skin. This effect slows down hair growth and may also make the hair finer and lighter. It however does not remove the hair or cause it to fall out. This medication comes in the singular dose of 13.90%. And it is internationally known as Vaniqa %11.5 Cream.
Be sure to wash your hands before and after the application. When ready, apply a thin layer of this cream only onto the affected areas, and then gently rub it in. This is usually applied twice a day, about 8 hours apart. Just be sure not to apply it for at least 5 minutes after any hair removal, such a shaving. And wait before the medication has dried completely before using any cosmetics, moisturizers, or sunscreens within that area.
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