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 contains the active ingredient eflornithine, which helps to slow down the growth of hair. This makes it a popular and effective medication for reducing facial hair in women.

You can only buy Vaniqa cream when it has been prescribed for you.

What is Vaniqa cream used to treat?

Vaniqa is used to reduce excessive 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 use 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.

How does Vaniqa work?

Vaniqa contains eflornithine, which works by blocking the enzymes that produce hair; these enzymes are located within the hair follicles. By blocking the enzymes, the production of hair growth is slowed down, which works to reduce the appearance of facial hair.

Vaniqa will not stop hair from growing permanently, nor does it remove hair that is already present on the face. Nonetheless, if you use it frequently, Vaniqa can slow down the production of excessive facial hair so that its appearance is greatly reduced.

How to use Vaniqa cream

  • Apply Vaniqa twice a day, leaving a gap of at least 8 hours between applications.
  • Reduce this dose to once a day if you experience any irritation. Speak to your doctor if this doesn’t go away.
  • Wait for at least 5 minutes after shaving or using any other hair removal techniques before applying Vaniqa.
  1. Apply a thin layer of the cream to clean and dry skin.
  2. Rub it in until the cream has disappeared and do not wash the skin for 4 hours afterwards.
  3. Wash your hands after you have applied Vaniqa.

Always refer to the patient information leaflet for comprehensive instructions. Use Vaniqa exactly as your doctor or pharmacist has told you.

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.

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

Can you buy Vaniqa over the counter?

Vaniqa is a prescription medicine and is not for sale over the counter. Speak to your doctor if you have excessive facial hair growth and believe that Vaniqa would be beneficial for you. They will prescribe it if they deem it suitable.

Can you buy Vaniqa online in the UK?

Yes, you can buy Vaniqa online from Medicine Direct. All you need to do is complete one of our confidential online consultation forms; this involves answering some questions about your condition and medical history. Your answers will be reviewed by one of our prescribers to make sure Vaniqa is suitable for you to use.

Medicine Direct is a fully regulated UK pharmacy. This means we can guarantee that all of our medication is safe and approved for sale in the UK. Never buy medicine from anywhere other than regulated pharmacies.

Vaniqa alternatives

Hair removal techniques also exist to help women who suffer from excessive growth of facial hair.

These include:

  • Shaving
  • Threading
  • Laser hair removal
  • Bleaching
  • Plucking
  • Waxing

The contraceptive pill can also help to control your hormone levels, which can help with hair growth in some women.

If none of these are viable options for you, you can be referred to a specialist by your GP.

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 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.

How effective is Vaniqa?


Clinical trials showed that 70% of participants who used Vaniqa noticed a reduction in facial hair. For the most effective treatment, Vaniqa cream needs to be applied twice a day consistently.

What if I stop using it?


If you stop using Vaniqa cream, the usual rate of hair production will begin again and excessive hair growth will likely come back within 8 weeks.

How long will one tube of cream last?


One tube of Vaniqa can last for anywhere up to six months, depending on the size of the area you need to treat.

Can any oral medication stop facial hair from growing?


The contraceptive pill can help to reduce the excessive growth of hair in some women. This is because it helps to control your hormones. However, you should only use medication that has been prescribed by a doctor.

What if it doesn’t work?


Speak to your doctor if you find that Vaniqa cream does not help to diminish the growth of your hair. They may refer you to a specialist.

Why do I have excessive hair growth?


A number of reasons can be behind excessive hair growth, including genetics, certain medications, your ethnic background (Asian or South-East Asian women often have darker hair that is more noticeable) and hormonal changes.

Can I drink alcohol while using it?


Alcohol will not have any effect on Vaniqa cream.

How long does it take to work?


Assuming you apply Vaniqa cream twice daily, you should start to notice an improvement after between four and eight weeks.

Will it permanently remove unwanted hair?


No, Vaniqa will only slow down the growth of hair. It does not remove hair or stop new hair from growing. This is why it is important you keep using it each day.

How can I permanently remove hair?


Treatments like laser hair removal and electrolysis can help you to remove hair for longer periods of time. It is important that these procedures are only carried out by trained and certified professionals.

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

The main active ingredient within this medicine is: Eflornithine hydrochloride monohydrate

For a full list of the inactive ingredients, please read the Summary of Product Characteristics

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

Updated on: 27/09/2021

This content has been written by our Superintendent Pharmacist Hussain Abdeh and has been medically reviewed by our Pharmacist Sonia Khan

Hussain Abdeh Superintendent Pharmacist at Medicine Direct

Hussain Abdeh
MPharm: 2211840

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