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Vaniqa is a topical medicine (applied directly on the skin) used for the reduction of unwanted facial hair.
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.
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.
Do not use Vaniqa if you are allergic to it or any of its ingredients.
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.
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.
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.
Do not get Vaniqa in your eyes, mouth, or inside your nose.
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.
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.
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.
Store at room temperature. Do not freeze.
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
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