- Eflornithine Hydrochloride
Eflornithine Hydrochloride 13.9%
Brand Name: Vaniqa cream®
Eflornithine topical interferes with a chemical in the hair follicles of the skin. This results in slower hair growth where the cream is applied.
Eflornithine topical is used to reduce unwanted facial hair in women. It does not permanently remove hair or "cure" unwanted facial hair. However it will help you manage your condition and improve your appearance.
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Other Known Brand Names for Vaniqa cream
- Eflora (Ranbaxy Laboratories Ltd.)
- Elyn (Ajanta Pharma Limited)
- Vaniqa (Barrier Therapeutics Canada)
- Vaniqua (Barrier Therapeutics Canada)
Apply Eflornithine topical exactly as directed by your doctor. If you do not understand these directions, ask your pharmacist, nurse, or doctor to explain them to you.
Eflornithine topical does not permanently remove hair or "cure" unwanted facial hair. It is not a hair remover (depilatory). You will need to continue using your current hair removal techniques. Eflornithine topical will help you manage your condition and improve your appearance.
This medicine is for external use only.
The cream is usually applied twice daily, at least eight hours apart, or as directed by your doctor.
Wash your hands before and after each application.
Remove any facial hair that is present using your current hair removal techniques. Wait at least 5 minutes after hair removal before applying Eflornithine topical. Apply a thin layer of cream to the affected areas of the face and nearby affected areas under the chin and rub it in thoroughly.
Cosmetics or sunscreen may be used after applying Eflornithine topical, but you should wait a few minutes to allow the treatment to be absorbed before applying them.
Do not wash the treatment areas for at least 4 hours after application. Avoid getting this medication in your eyes, nose, or mouth. If this occurs, wash the area with water. If the cream gets in your eyes, rinse them thoroughly with water and contact your doctor.
Eflornithine topical may cause temporary redness, rash, burning, stinging, or tingling, especially if it is applied to broken or irritated skin. If irritation develops, reduce the application of Eflornithine topical to once a day. If irritation continues, stop using the cream and contact your doctor.
Continue to use the cream even if you do not see immediate results. Reduction in facial hair occurs gradually. Improvement may be seen as early as 4 to 8 weeks of treatment, however it may take longer in some individuals. If no improvement is seen after 6 months of use, treatment should be discontinued. Hair growth may return to pretreatment levels approximately 8 weeks after discontinuation of treatment.
Store this medicine at room temperature away from moisture and heat. Do not allow the medication to freeze.
Usual Adult Dose for Hirsutism
Apply a thin layer of eflornithine topical cream to affected areas of the face and adjacent involved areas under the chin and rub in thoroughly. Do not wash treated area for at least 4 hours. Use twice a day, allowing at least 8 hours between applications or as directed by a physician.
Continue to use hair removal techniques as needed in conjunction with eflornithine. Apply eflornithine at least 5 minutes after hair removal. Cosmetics or sunscreens may be applied over treated areas after cream has dried.
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