VANIQA is a cream containing 13.9% (139 mg/g) of anhydrous eflornithine hydrochloride as eflornithine hydrochloride monohydrate (150 mg/g). Chemically, eflornithine hydrochloride is (�) -2- (difluoromethyl) ornithine monohydrochloride monohydrate, with the empirical formula C6H12F2N2O2�HCl�H2O, a molecular weight of 236.65 and the following structural formula: Anhydrous eflornithine hydrochloride has an empirical formula C6H12F2N2O2� HCl and a molecular weight of 218.65. Other ingredients include: ceteareth-20, cetearyl alcohol, dimethicone, glyceryl stearate, methylparaben, mineral oil, PEG-100 stearate, phenoxyethanol, propylparaben, stearyl alcohol and water.
What is it used for?
Treatment of excessive hair growth on the face (facial hirsutism) in women.
Warning! Vaniqa should only be used on the face and under the chin. Avoid contact of this medicine with the eyes and the moist membranes lining the inside of certain parts of the body, eg mouth, nasal passages (mucous membranes). Rinse with cold water if accidental contact occurs. Avoid using on broken or irritated skin.
Do not use on skin immediately after using any other hair removal method. It is necessary to wait for at least five minutes.
Wash your hands after applying the cream. For maximum effect, you should not clean the treated area of skin within four hours of applying the cream. You can use cosmetics (including sunscreens) on the treated areas, but don�t apply them sooner than five minutes after applying the cream. If your skin becomes irritated by the cream you should try using it less frequently. If the irritation persists, stop using the cream and consult your doctor. Excessive hair growth due to underlying diseases needs to be investigated and treated before using Vaniqa.
Use with caution in Decreased liver function.
Not to be used in
Girls aged under 12 years.
This medicine should not be used if you are allergic to one or any of its ingredients. Please inform your doctor or pharmacist if you have previously experienced such an allergy. If you feel you have experienced an allergic reaction, stop using this medicine and inform your doctor or pharmacist immediately.
Pregnancy and breastfeeding
Certain medicines should not be used during pregnancy or breastfeeding. However, other medicines may be safely used in pregnancy or breastfeeding providing the benefits to the mother outweigh the risks to the unborn baby. Always inform your doctor if you are pregnant or planning a pregnancy, before using any medicine. The safety of this medicine for use during pregnancy has not been established. It should not be used by pregnant women or by those planning pregnancy. An alternative method of hair removal should be used. It is not known if this medicine passes into breast milk, but it is possible that it may. As a result, it should not be used by mothers who are breastfeeding.
For external use only.
Medicines and their possible side effects can affect individual people in different ways. The following are some of the side effects that are known to be associated with this medicine. Because a side effect is stated here, it does not mean that all people using this medicine will experience that or any side effect. Acne. Skin irritation � burning, stinging. Redness of the skin. Rash. Ingrown hair. Flushing of skin. Skin bleeding or blistering. Cold sores. Dry or numb lips. Dry skin. Abnormal hair texture and growth. Changes in skin pigmentation. Itchy dermatitis. Skin cysts. The side effects listed above may not include all of the side effects reported by the drug's manufacturer. For more information about any other possible risks associated with this medicine, please read the information provided with the medicine or consult your doctor or pharmacist. How can this medicine affect other medicines? It is important to tell your doctor or pharmacist what medicines you are already using, including those bought without a prescription and herbal medicines, before you start treatment with this medicine. Similarly, check with your doctor or pharmacist before using any new medicines while using this one, to ensure that the combination is safe. You can apply cosmetics (including sunscreens) to the areas of skin treated with this medicine, but don�t apply them sooner than five minutes after applying Vaniqa cream. Other medicines containing the same active ingredient There are currently no other medicines available in the UK that contain eflornithine as the active ingredient.