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Patient Reviews: How Vaniqa Has Made a Difference

What Is Vaniqa 11.5% Cream Used For?

Vaniqa is a topical cream that is used to eliminate unwanted body hair.

Unlike other hair removal creams, like Veet or Nair, Vaniqa works deeper within the skin to slow down the growth of hair to make it more easy to manage.

"Vaniqa can effectively reduce the symptoms of Hirsutism - a condition that causes excessive hair growth in women. It doesn't get rid of the unwanted hair immediately, but instead it slows down the growth of hairs over time so the patient doesn't need to eliminate the unwanted hairs as often as they would." Mohamed Imran Lakhi, Superintendant Pharmacist.

The cause of hirsutism is usually due to an excess amount of androgens (male sex hormones) or a sensitivity to these hormones. However, this can be caused by other underlying health conditions, such as polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) or the menopause.

Vaniqa is only indicated to be used by women.

Hirsutism Treatment with Vaniqa Cream: An Overview

Hirsutism is a condition that causes excessive hair growth on areas of the body which are typically lacking or completely devoid of hair, such as the chin, chest, face or abdomen.

If the condition is caused by an underlying illness, the treatment would need to be targeted at the source of the problem. One such treatment is Vaniqa Cream, which can effectively manage the symptoms of Hirsutism.

There are a number of things you can do to remove and manage unwanted hair, including:

Shaving - Shaving is an appropriate and popular method of hair removal. It is a common myth that shaving hair causes hair to grow back faster and thicker. Shaving can result in stubble, which may be undesirable.

Waxing - Another popular option to remove hair would be waxing. While this may be suitable for hair on the legs, arms, abdomen and chest, it should be used with caution when waxing the face. Scarring can occur from waxing.

Depilatories - These are creams that, when applied to the affected area, dissolve the hair. Unlike shaving, this method does not cause stubble. Perform a patch test before using them.

Hair removal therapies, including electrolysis, laser hair removal and intense pulsed light therapy, can be performed by specialist clinicians. These can be both costly and time-consuming.

How does Vaniqa work?

The active ingredient, eflornithine, inhibits an enzyme known as ornithine decarboxylase (ODC). This enzyme plays a key role in cell proliferation during the hair growth cycle. By limiting this enzyme, the hair growth cycle slows down. Hyperandrogenism (excessive production of male sex hormones in the female body) have been linked with increased activity of the ODC enzyme, resulting in virilisation (development of male sexual characteristics in females).

Vaniqa is not a depilatory cream and does not remove hair. It slows down the growth of hair to make it more manageable. The cream can be used in conjunction with other hair removal methods such as shaving or plucking.

It can take up to 8 weeks before you start to see results, during which you must continue using the cream. If you do not notice an improvement after 4 months, contact your doctor.

How to Use Vaniqa Cream

Vaniqa should be used twice daily, allowing 8 hours to elapse between doses.

Always follow the doctors' instructions.

Wait 5 minutes after using another hair removal method, such as shaving, before applying Vaniqa cream.

  1. Clean and dry the area of application.
  2. Apply a thin layer of Vaniqa and rub thoroughly into the affected area.
  3. Wash your hands after applying the cream.

Do not wash the area of application for up to 4 hours.

If you apply too much Vaniqa, simply wipe away the excess with a tissue.

Avoid the cream coming into contact with your eyes, the inside of your nose or mouth. If you accidentally get Vaniqa in your eyes, nose or mouth, rinse the area with water.

If you accidentally swallow some Vaniqa cream, contact your doctor immediately.

Wait 5 minutes after applying Vaniqa before applying make-up, sunscreen or other skin products to the affected area.

Side Effects and Cautions of Vaniqa Cream

All medicines carry the risk of side effects, though not everyone will experience them. It is important to be aware of the risks associated with your medication before taking it. If any of the following side effects concern you, speak to your doctor or a pharmacist.

Possible Side Effects

This is not an exhaustive list of side effects. For more information regarding the safety of this medicine, consult the patient information leaflet enclosed with your treatment.

If you experience any side effects, regardless of whether they are listed above or in the patient information leaflet, inform your doctor or speak to a pharmacist.

Special Precautions for Using Vaniqa Cream

Vaniqa should not be used if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. Please use alternative forms of hair removal if you are or planning to become pregnant. If you become pregnant while using Vaniqa, stop taking the treatment and speak to your doctor as soon as possible.

Important Guidelines

  • Always read the enclosed patient information leaflet before you start using Vaniqa.
  • Do not use Vaniqa passed the expiry date printed on the packaging.
  • Never throw away medicine via household or water waste. Take any unwanted or expired medicine to your pharmacy and ask them to dispose of it safely on your behalf.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Vaniqa

What's the difference between hirsutism and hypertrichosis?

The difference between hirsutism and hypertrichosis is that hirsutism is the growth of hair (typically in women) that follows a male pattern, while hypertrichosis is the growth of general hair, noticeable in both sexes.

Should I be concerned about the hair on my face?

Regarding the concern about the hair on your face, many women experience having facial hair, and it is usually nothing to worry about. However, excessive hair growth can be caused by an underlying health condition.

Can I stop shaving or waxing when using Vaniqa?

When using Vaniqa, you cannot stop shaving or waxing, as it is not a replacement but can reduce the rate of unwanted hair growth.

How long will it take for me to start seeing results?

To start seeing results using Vaniqa, it usually takes 8 weeks (2 months).

What happens if I stop using Vaniqa?

If you stop using Vaniqa, your hair growth will return to the rate before treatment, as soon as 8 weeks after stopping treatment.

Where can I buy Vaniqa Cream online?

You can buy Vaniqa Cream online by completing our online questionnaire and ordering from our UK GPhC registered pharmacy for next day delivery.

Is Vaniqa suitable for men?

No, Vaniqa is specifically licensed to treat unwanted facial hair in women and is not recommended for use by men.

Can Vaniqa be used on other parts of the body besides the face and chin?

Vaniqa has only been studied for use on the face and chin. It is not advised to use it on other parts of the body.

Is long-term use of Vaniqa dangerous?

Vaniqa is considered a long-term treatment for best results. While long-term safety studies are lacking, many women have used it safely for years. It is a topical treatment, so only small amounts enter the bloodstream.

Can someone be allergic to Vaniqa?

Allergy to Vaniqa is rare, but if you have known allergies to skin cream ingredients, you should check the list of ingredients in the patient information leaflet.

Treatment information

  • Product Name: Vaniqa
  • Active Ingredient(s): 115 mg of eflornithine (as hydrochloride monohydrate)
  • Manufacturer: Almirall
  • Administration: Topical
  • Presentation: Cream
  • Available Strength: 11.5% in 60g
  • Exemption: Prescription Only
  • Application: Women over 18
  • Dosage: Apply to the affected area twice daily
  • Description: Vaniqa is used to reduce the growth of excessive hair (Hirsutism) on the face of women older than 18 years of age
  • Drug Class: Dermatological
  • Alcohol Consumption: No influence
  • When Pregnant: Do not use while pregnant. Speak to your doctor for further advice.
  • When Breastfeeding: Do not use while breastfeeding. Speak to your doctor for further advice.
  • Price: 74.99 GBP
Click here to view the Vaniqa - Patient Information Leaflet

Authored & Reviewed By

Mohamed Imran Lakhi

Mohamed Imran Lakhi

MPharm - Lead Pharmacist
Imran Lakhi is the superintendent pharmacist and founder at Prescription Doctor. He has been at the core of our team.

Published on: 18/01/2017 Reviewed on: 13/03/2024
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