Vaniqa (Eflornithine Hydrochloride) Cream

  • Treats Excessive Facial Hair In Women
  • Active Ingredient: Eflornithine Hydrochloride
  • Reduces Hair Growth From The Roots
  • Buy With Confidence From UK Registered Pharmacy
  • Includes Free Prescription



Package Size: 1 X 60g Tube, 2x60g Tube




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What Is Vaniqa?

Vaniqa (eflornithine hydrochloride) is a prescription medication for the reduction of unwanted facial hair in women. Vaniqa contains the active substance eflornithine. Eflornithine slows down the growth of hair through its effect on a specific enzyme (a protein in the body involved in the production of hair).

Designed for application to the skin, Vaniqa should only be used on the face and adjacent areas under the chin of affected individuals. Results can be seen as early as 4-8 weeks when used twice a day, at least 8 hours apart. Tested in women of multiple ethnicities.

How to use

Always use this medicine exactly as your doctor has told you. Check with your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure.

Use twice a day, at least 8 hours apart.

If you experience irritation (e.g. stinging burning), reduce the use of Vaniqa to once daily until the irritation has gone. If it persists contact your doctor.

If you have just shaved or used any other hair removal method, wait at least 5 minutes before using Vaniqa. It may sting or burn if you put this cream on cut or irritated skin.

– Clean and dry the areas of the skin where you will be using the cream.

– Apply a thin layer of cream and rub it in thoroughly until no visual residual product remains on the treated areas.

– If possible, do not wash these areas of skin for 4 hours after applying the cream

– Wash your hands after applying the cream.

– Wait at least 5 minutes before using make-up or sunscreen on the same areas.

– When using on the face, avoid contact with your eyes or the inside of your nose or mouth. If you should accidentally get Vaniqa into your eyes, mouth or nose, rinse well with water.

Vaniqa is not a depilatory cream, so you may need to continue with your hair removal method, for example by shaving or plucking.

It may take 8 weeks before you see results. It is important to continue using the cream. If you do not see any improvement after using it for 4 months contact your doctor. If you stop using it your original hair growth may return within 8 weeks.

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Hirsutism is excessive hair growth in certain areas of the body. It’s a problem that mainly affects women. It’s relatively common, although some women may find it embarrassing or distressing to live with. It’s often a long-term problem, but there are a number of treatments that can help keep it under control.

Symptoms of hirsutism The excessive hair in hirsutism is usually thick and dark, rather than fine and fair.It develops in areas where men often have hair, such as the:

face neck chest tummy lower back buttocks thighs You may also have some additional symptoms, such as oily skin, acne, a deep voice, irregular periods or no periods at all.

When to see your GP It’s a good idea to see your GP if you have hirsutism. They can look for any underlying cause and advise you about the treatments available.

Treatments for hirsutism Treatment for hirsutism usually involves techniques to remove the excess hair and treatment to help slow its growth or stop it coming back.

The main treatments are:

home hair removal methods – such as shaving, plucking or waxing specialist hair removal treatments – such as laser hair removal

eflornithine cream – a prescription cream that can help slow down the growth of facial hair oral contraceptives, including co-cyprindiol tablets – a type of contraceptive pill available on prescription that can help prevent excess hair growth It may take a few months to notice the effects of treatment, so it’s important to persist with it. In many cases, treatment will need to be continued indefinitely.

Causes of hirsutism Hirsutism is caused by an excess of male hormones called androgens in your body. In many cases, it’s not clear why this happens. Some women develop extra hair growth as they get older, particularly after the menopause.

In younger women, the most common cause is polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), a condition that can cause irregular periods and fluid-filled sacs (cysts) on the ovaries.

Eflornithine cream Eflornithine cream is a prescription medicine applied twice daily that can help treat excessive hair growth on the face and under the chin.

It can be prescribed for both premenopausal women and menopausal women, but isn’t suitable for women who are pregnant, breastfeeding or under the age of 19.

You should notice an effect within eight weeks. Treatment will be stopped if no benefit is seen after four months.

If eflornithine cream does work, you’ll usually need to continue using it, as hair growth will return within eight weeks of stopping treatment.

Side effects of eflornithine cream can include:

mild acne,skin redness,a burning or stinging sensation,dry itchy skin.

Side Effects

Like all medicines, this medicine can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them. Side effects are usually limited to the skin and mild in intensity. In such cases they normally resolve without discontinuation of Vaniqa. The frequency of possible side effects listed below is defined using the following convention: very common (affects more than 1 user in 10) common (affects 1 to 10 users in 100) uncommon (affects 1 to 10 users in 1,000) rare (affects 1 to 10 users in 10,000) very rare (affects less than 1 user in 10,000) not known (frequency cannot be estimated from the available data). Very common (affects more than 1 user in 10)

acne Common (affects 1 to 10 users in 100)

dry skin

hair loss

inflammation around the hair shaft




skin irritation and bumps caused by shaving

skin irritation

stinging, tingling or burning feeling on the skin

For a full list of side effects pleaase see patient information leaflet.

Further Information

Further information can be found on the manufacturers
Paitient Information Leaflet and printed if required.