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  • Generic Name: (eflornithine hydrochloride)
    Other Brands: N/A
  • Last Revised: 05/2014
    • What is this medication and its most common uses?

      Vaniqa is a topical medicine (applied directly on the skin) used for the reduction of unwanted facial hair.

    • What should I know when beginning and continuing on this medication?

      How does this medication work?

      Vaniqa works by blocking the enzyme found in the hair follicle of the skin needed for hair growth, thereby slowing the rate of hair growth.

      Vaniqa does not permanently remove hair or "cure" unwanted facial hair. Your treatment program should include continuation of any hair removal technique (such as plucking or shaving) you are currently using.

      What are the beneficial effects of this medication and when should I begin to have results?

      What: Vaniqa has been shown to effectively remove unwanted facial hair, improving the appearance of your skin.

      When: You may begin to see a marked improvement within 4 to 8 weeks of starting Vaniqa. However, everyone responds differently to treatment, so try to be patient and follow your healthcare provider's directions.

      How do I know it is working?

      You may notice less facial hair once you begin using Vaniqa. This is a good indicator that your medication is working. Your healthcare provider may ask you questions to assess how well your symptoms are controlled.

    • What are the possible side effects of this medication?

      The following is not a full list of side effects. Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your healthcare provider as soon as possible. Only your healthcare provider can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this medication.

      Side effects may include: hair bumps, temporary redness, stinging, burning, tingling, or rash on treatment site.

    • Who should not take this medication?

      Do not use Vaniqa if you are allergic to it or any of its ingredients.

    • What should I tell my healthcare provider before I take the first dose of this medication?

      Tell your healthcare provider about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Vaniqa. Also, talk to your healthcare provider about your complete medical history, especially if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

    • What is the usual dosage?

      The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your healthcare provider uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your healthcare provider may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your healthcare provider's approval.

      Adults and children ≥12 years: Apply a thin layer to the affected area(s) and to the surrounding areas under the chin twice a day (at least 8 hours apart), as directed by your healthcare provider.

    • How should I take this medication?

      Use Vaniqa exactly as prescribed by your healthcare provider. Do not use it more often without first talking to your healthcare provider.

      Rub Vaniqa into your skin gently and thoroughly. Do not wash the treated area(s) for at least 4 hours after application.

      Continue to use other hair removal techniques along with Vaniqa treatment.

      Wait a few minutes after applying Vaniqa before using any cosmetics or sunscreen.

      Contact your healthcare provider if you condition worsens.

    • What should I avoid while taking this medication?

      Do not get Vaniqa in your eyes, mouth, or inside your nose.

    • What are the possible food and drug interactions associated with this medication?

      No significant interactions have been reported with Vaniqa at this time. However, always tell your healthcare provider about any medicines you take, including over-the-counter medications, vitamins, and herbal supplements.

    • May I receive this medication if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

      The effects of Vaniqa during pregnancy and breastfeeding are unknown. Tell your healthcare provider immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

    • What should I do if I miss a dose of this medication?

      If you miss a dose of Vaniqa, skip the one you missed and return to your regular dosing schedule. Do not apply two doses at once.

    • How should I store this medication?

      Store at room temperature. Do not freeze.

    • Who should I contact in case of emergency or overdose?
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      In the event of a medical emergency call your doctor or 9-1-1 immediately. In the event of overdose, call your doctor or poison control for further instructions.
      National Poison Control#: Call 1-800-222-1222

      This PDR+ drug information has been developed by the Physicians’ Desk Reference Network (PDRN), a source of medication information trusted by doctors for over 65 years.

      This monograph summarizes the most important information about your medication and does not cover all the information you may need. If you have any questions or concerns or want to learn more about your medication, ask your healthcare provider; he/she will be able to provide answers to your questions. This medication should only be used by the patient for whom it was prescribed and should not be shared with other people.
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