Vaniqa Cream (Eflornithine)

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    Vaniqa Cream (Eflornithine) Usage and Side Effects

    VANIQA interferes with a chemical in the hair follicles of the skin. This results in slower hair growth where VANIQA topical is applied. VANIQA topical is used to reduce unwanted facial hair in women. VANIQA topical does not permanently remove hair or "cure" unwanted facial hair. VANIQA topical will help you manage your condition and improve your appearance.

    Warnings and Precautions

    Do not use VANIQA topical if you have had an allergic reaction to it in the past.

    VANIQA topical is in the FDA pregnancy category C. This means that it is not known whether VANIQA topical will harm an unborn baby. Do not use this medication without first talking to your doctor if you are pregnant.

    It is also not known whether VANIQA passes into breast milk. Do not use VANIQA topical without first talking to your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.

    VANIQA topical has not been approved for use by children younger than 12 years of age.

    Side Effects

    VANIQA 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 VANIQA topical to once a day. If irritation continues, stop using VANIQA topical and contact your doctor.

    Hair bumps (folliculitis) may also occur. If these continue, contact your doctor.

    Side effects other than those listed here may also occur. Talk to your doctor about any side effect that seems unusual or that is especially bothersome.

    Interactions with this medication

    Avoid getting this medication in your eyes, nose, or mouth. If this occurs, wash the area with water. If VANIQA topical gets in your eyes, rinse thoroughly with water and contact your doctor.

    Before using VANIQA topical, talk to your doctor if you are taking any other prescription or over-the-counter medications, especially if you are using any other topical preparations. You may not be able to use VANIQA topical, or you may require a dosage adjustment or special monitoring during treatment.

    Drugs other than those listed here may also interact with VANIQA topical. Talk to your doctor and pharmacist before taking or using any other prescription or over-the-counter medicines.

    Proper Use of this medication

    Apply VANIQA 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.

    VANIQA 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. VANIQA topical will help you manage your condition and improve your appearance.

    VANIQA topical is for external use only.

    VANIQA topical is usually applied twice daily, at least eight hours apart, or as directed by your doctor.

    Wash your hands before and after each application of VANIQA topical.

    Remove any facial hair that is present using your current hair removal techniques. Wait at least 5 minutes after hair removal before applying VANIQA topical. Apply a thin layer of VANIQA topical 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 VANIQA 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 of VANIQA topical.

    Avoid getting this medication in your eyes, nose, or mouth. If this occurs, wash the area with water. If VANIQA topical gets in your eyes, rinse them thoroughly with water and contact your doctor.

    VANIQA 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 VANIQA topical to once a day. If irritation continues, stop using VANIQA topical and contact your doctor.

    Continue to use VANIQA topical 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 with VANIQA topical should be discontinued. Hair growth may return to pretreatment levels approximately 8 weeks after discontinuation of treatment with VANIQA topical.

    Store VANIQA topical at room temperature away from moisture and heat. Do not allow the medication to freeze.

    An overdose of VANIQA topical is not likely to occur. If the cream has been ingested, or if you suspect an overdose has occurred, contact your doctor, hospital emergency room, or poison control center for advice.

    If you miss a dose of VANIQA topical, skip the dose you missed and apply your next regularly scheduled dose as directed. Do not apply a double dose of this medication or try to "make up" a missed dose.

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    The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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