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).
Vaniqa is used to reduce the growth of excessive hair (Hirsutism) on the face of women older than 18 years of age.
Uses / Instructions
Use twice a day, at least 8 hours apart.
See patient information leaflet for full details of usage instructions.
Talk to your doctor of pharmacist before using Vaniqa
• tell your doctor of any other medical problems you may be experiencing (especially related to your kidneys or liver).
• if you are unsure whether or not to use this medicine contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice
Excessive growth of hair may be a result of underlying diseases. Talk to your doctor if you suffer from polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) or specific hormone producing tumours, or if you take medicines that can induce hair growth, e.g. cyclosporine (following organ transplants), glucocorticoids (e.g. against rheumatic or allergic diseases), minoxidil (against high blood pressure), phenobarbitone (against seizures), phenytoin (against seizures) or hormone replacement therapy with male hormone like 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.
Very common (affects more than 1 user in 10)
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
The active substance is eflornithine.
Each gram of cream contains 115 mg of eflornithine (as hydrochloride monohydrate).
The other ingredients are:
cetostearyl alcohol; macrogol cetostearyl ether; dimeticone; glyceryl stearate; macrogol stearate; methyl parahydroxybenzoate (E218); liquid paraffin; phenoxyethanol; propyl parahydroxybenzoate (E216); purified water and stearyl alcohol. Tiny amounts of sodium hydroxide (E524) are sometimes added to keep acidity levels (pH levels) normal.