Vaniqa Cream

  • Used to reduce excessive female facial hair
  • Works by blocking production of the hair shaft within the hair folicles
  • Comes as a cream that should be applied to the area twice daily
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What is Vaniqa cream?

Vaniqa cream is a cream that contains the active ingredient eflornithine, which helps to slow down the growth of hair.

Following an online consultation with one of our doctors, you can buy Vaniqa cream online from Medicine Direct. Order with us online before 2pm and you will benefit from next day delivery.

What is Vaniqa cream used to treat?

Vaniqa is used reduce excessive facial hair growth in women who are over the age of 18 years old.

It is not a hair removal treatment, but works by blocking production of the hair shaft within the hair follicles. This helps to reduce hair growth in unwanted places.

This treatment has been widely tested, and research has shown that it has significantly improved excessive facial hair in 70% of women who used it.

Female facial hair can lead to women feeling very self-conscious and embarrassed. Women who use Vaniqa cream have also stated that it has improved their confidence.

Who can use Vaniqa cream?

Vaniqa is an effective treatment for excessive female facial hair growth, but it may not be suitable for everyone to use.

Excessive hair growth may be a symptom of another disease. You should speak to your doctor if:

  • You suffer from polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) or specific hormone producing tumours
  • You take any medicines that may induce hair growth
  • You take any hormone replacement therapies which have male hormones
  • You have any other medical conditions, especially those which affect your liver or kidneys

Do not buy Vaniqa cream if you are allergic to eflornithine or any of the other ingredients contained in this treatment (refer to the Ingredients tab on this page).

Vaniqa should not be used by anyone under the age of 18 years old.

Possible side effects

As with all medicines, Vaniqa cream comes with the risk of certain adverse effects, although not everyone who uses it will get them.

Undesired effects are usually mild, do not last for long and normally go away as your skin gets used to Vaniqa. However, you should speak to your doctor if any of the below reactions worry you or don't go away.

Common side effects include:

  • Acne
  • Hair loss
  • Dry skin
  • Itching
  • Rash
  • Redness
  • Skin irritation
  • Skin irritation and bumps when you shave
  • Stinging, burning or tingling sensation in your skin
  • Inflammation around the hair shaft

This list is not exhaustive; refer to the Side Effects tab for a list of rarer and more serious reactions you may suffer while using this treatment.

Vaniqa Cream Dosage and Directions

Our pharmacists and prescribers follow NICE guidelines when prescribing Vaniqa Cream.

Always follow your doctor or pharmacist's instructions when using Vaniqa. Read the patient information leaflet thoroughly; ask your doctor or pharmacist if you are unsure of how to use Vaniqa.

Use Vaniqa on the areas affected by excess facial hair twice a day, leaving at least 8 hours in between applications.

How to apply Vaniqa cream

Wash your hands before and after you apply Vaniqa. Clean and dry the area(s) you intend to apply the cream.

Apply a thin layer of cream to the affected area(s) and rub it in thoroughly, until it has been fully rubbed into the skin.

Try not to wash the areas you applied the cream to for at least 4 hours afterwards; this will make sure it is properly absorbed into your skin.

To effectively treat female facial hair, you should apply Vaniqa after you have washed your face, but before you apply a moisturiser or sunscreen. Leave at least 5 minutes before applying any makeup, moisturisers or sunscreen.

This cream can be used on other areas of the body; you should wash and dry these areas before applying the cream to them.

How long will treatment last?

It may take up to 8 weeks before you start to see a reduction in excessive hair growth. If you do not see any improvement in your excessive hair growth after 4 months of treatment, you should return to your doctor.

If you forget to apply it

Apply Vaniqa as soon as you remember, as long as it has been at least 8 hours since you last used it. Leave at least 8 hours before your next application of the cream.

If you use more than you are supposed to

Putting too much Vaniqa cream is not likely to cause you any harm.

Seek immediate medical attention if you or anyone else accidentally swallows it.

If you stop using it

To successfully stop excessive female facial hair, it is vital that you keep using this treatment as instructed by your doctor or pharmacist.

If you stop using Vaniqa, your original hair growth may come back within 8 weeks.

Vaniqa Cream FAQ's

What causes female facial hair?

Excessive facial hair may be a family trait, but it can also be the result of certain medical conditions, including an overactive thyroid. Prescription medicines can also cause facial hair as a side effect. Women should not assume that it is natural and should get a check-up with their doctor before they purchase Vaniqa.

Can I drink alcohol while I use this treatment?

Drinking alcohol will not have any affect on Vaniqa cream.

Who is it not suitable for?

After an online consultation with one of our certified doctors, they will prescribe you Vaniqa if they believe it to be a suitable medicine for you. A list of people who should not use this medicine can be found on the main page.

How do you apply Vaniqa cream to get the best results?

Apply this treatment twice a day, leaving at least 8 hours between applications. You will normally see optimal results after around 8 weeks of using this cream. If you have not seen an improvement after 4 months, speak to your doctor.

What will happen if I stop using Vaniqa cream?

This is not a hair removal treatment; if you stop using this treatment before your doctor tells you to, your excessive hair may return within eight weeks. For the best results, it is important you are consistent with your applications of the medication.

How long does Vaniqa prevent unwanted facial hair from growing?

To effectively treat unwanted facial hair, you should use this treatment for at least eight weeks. This will help to fight against the growth of facial hair in areas that affect you. Vaniqa is not a hair removal cream and will not permanently remove unwanted facial hair.

Do I need a prescription for Vaniqa?

Yes, this medicine requires a prescription for you to purchase it. After an online consultation with one of our certified doctors, they can issue you with a prescription to order this medicine online, after they have assessed your symptoms. If you order online with Medicine Direct before 2pm, we can offer you next day delivery. Never order any form of medicine online unless it is with a pharmacy registered with the General Pharmaceutical Council, like Medicine Direct.

Vaniqa Cream Side Effects

Rarer adverse effects of Vaniqa cream include:

  • Bumpy rash
  • Cold sores
  • Redness or irritation at the site you applied the treatment
  • Ingrowing hair
  • Pale areas of the skin
  • Eczema
  • Inflamed, cracked, numb or dry lips
  • Skin bleeding, boils, flushing or inflammation
  • Sore skin
  • Unusual hair texture or hair growth
  • Abnormal skin growth
  • Skin tightness
  • Skin cysts
  • Red, scaly, inflamed or itchy skin
  • Excessive hair growth

Speak to your doctor for advice if any of the above reactions bother you while using this treatment.

In rare cases, it is possible to suffer a serious allergic reaction to Vaniqa cream. You should either call 999 or go to A&E straight away if you experience any of the following symptoms:

  • You are wheezing
  • You have swelling in your mouth, face, tongue, throat or lips
  • You are finding it hard to speak or breathe
  • You get a skin rash that is red, itchy, swollen, blistered or peeling skin
  • You have tightness in the chest or throat

You may require urgent treatment in a hospital.

Always read the patient information leaflet for a comprehensive list of potential reactions and side effects.

Vaniqa Cream Warnings and drug interactions

It is very important that you always inform your doctor or pharmacist of any other medicines you are currently using. This includes both prescription and non-prescription medications, herbal remedies, vitamins and supplements.

Vaniqa cream is for external use only. Do not swallow this medication and avoid contact with the eyes, mouth and nostrils. If you accidentally get it in your eyes, nostrils or mouth, you should rinse it out immediately with clean water. Contact your doctor if you become worried or experience any adverse effects. Contact your doctor immediately if you swallow it.

If you have any concerns or questions about this medicine, we strongly advise you to discuss these with your doctor before you start to use it.

Never order medicine online unless it is from an online pharmacy registered with the General Pharmaceutical Council, like Medicine Direct.

If you order online from our website before 2pm, we can offer you next day delivery on your medicine.

Pregnancy and breastfeeding

This medication is not suitable for women who are currently pregnant or breastfeeding. If this is the case, you should tell your doctor, who will recommend another treatment for you to use, which will be safer for you and your baby.

If you think you might be pregnant, or are trying to get pregnant, you should make sure you tell your doctor, who will recommend an alternative form of treatment for excessive hair growth.

For more information on using Vaniqa cream during pregnancy and breastfeeding

Vaniqa Cream Ingredients

Vaniqa cream contains the active ingredient eflornithine.

Inactive ingredients also contained in this medicine 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.

Small amounts of sodium hydroxide (E524) are sometimes added to keep acidity levels (pH levels) normal.

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This page has recently been medically reviewed by Sonia Khan MPharm: 2076091

Updated on: 03/06/2021

This content has been written by James Nuttall and has been medically reviewed by our Pharmacist Sonia Khan.

Sonia Khan Pharmacist at Medicine Direct

Sonia Khan
MPharm: 2076091


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