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Updated on 26 Mar 2024

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About Vaniqa cream

Vaniqa is a prescription-only cream containing eflornithine as the active ingredient. It is used to treat excess female facial hair (hirsutism) in adult women. Specifically, it is used to treat excessive hair growth on the upper lip, chin, and neck.

Vaniqa cream targets enzymes inside the hair follicle responsible for hair growth. Eflornithine, blocks the enzymes, slowing the production of new hair. In some cases, this can stop hair growth altogether.

Vaniqa cream is available with a prescription only. It is not available over the counter. NowPatient offers Vaniqa as a hair removal treatments, following an online consultation with a prescribing clinician.

Key facts of Vaniqa cream

  • For the treatment of excessive facial hair growth
  • Vaniqa is not a permanent hair removal cream
  • Vaniqa can be used for up to four months before switching to an alternative treatment
  • Most users will see results within 4 to 8 weeks of regular use. Some users may see a change within one week
  • Vaniqa has some common side effects which include itching and redness
  • It can be dangerous if you use Vaniqa with certain medications. If you’re not sure if it is safe, discuss this with the prescribing clinician

How and where to get Vaniqa cream?

Vaniqa cream is available as prescription only. It is not available over the counter at a pharmacy.

NowPatient does not allow customers to buy Vaniqa cream directly. Our service is certified, safe and effective, and we only ever treat conditions. If you book a consultation with a prescribing clinician for the treatment of hair removal, you can discuss if Vaniqa is a suitable treatment option for you.

At the end of the consultation, the clinician will decide if a treatment plan is suitable for you. If it is, the clinician will issue you with a prescription which can then be ordered, paid for and delivered directly to your chosen address by NowPatient.

Dosage and strength for Vaniqa for hair removal

Vaniqa is available as a cream for hair removal. It should be applied twice a day on the affected area of the face.

Information about how to use Vaniqa cream for hair removal

Begin by washing and drying the affected area. Apply a thin layer of cream to the affected area. Do not wash the treated area for at least 4 hours. You may apply sunscreen or makeup over the treated area once the cream dried. Apply Vaniqa cream twice daily as directed by your doctor.

You should continue to use your normal hair removal method while using Vaniqa. If you have any side effects such as burning or skin irritation, reduce how often you use the cream to once daily.

For further information read the patient information leaflet provided with your medication, or speak to your healthcare provider for medical advice.

What happens if you use too much Vaniqa cream?

If you use more Vaniqa cream than prescribed, then it can lead to some unpleasant side effects. You should talk to your doctor or reach out to one of our prescribing clinicians, if you have used too much Vaniqa cream and experience any side effects.

What are the side effects of Vaniqa cream?

Common side effects of Vaniqa cream include:

  • Hair loss
  • Burning, stinging or tingling sensation
  • Dry skin
  • Itching
  • Redness
  • Rash
  • Inflammation around the hair shaft
  • Eczema
  • Ingrowing hairs

If you experience any serious side effects, you should contact NHS 111.

If you experience a serious allergic reaction with the signs shown below you should contact emergency services on 999.

  • Your lips, mouth, throat or tongue suddenly become swollen
  • You’re breathing very fast or struggling to breathe (you may become very wheezy or feel like you’re choking or gasping for air)
  • Your throat feels tight or you’re struggling to swallow
  • Your skin, tongue or lips turn blue, grey or pale (if you have black or brown skin, this may be easier to see on the palms of your hands or soles of your feet)
  • You suddenly become very confused, drowsy or dizzy
  • Someone faints and cannot be woken up

Always report adverse effects to the MHRA yellow card reporting system. You can read more about this here How and where do I report side effects of my medication? – NowPatient

Information about using Vaniqa cream at the same time as other medications or herbal supplements

There is not enough evidence to suggest there are any drug interactions between herbal supplements and Vaniqa cream. In any event, you should let your prescribing clinician know if you are taking any herbal supplements.

Can Vaniqa cream used for hair removal be used long term?

You should use Vaniqa cream for at least 4 months, before switching to an alternative treatment. You are advised to stop using Vaniqa cream and speak to your GP if you do not see an improvement in hair growth within the 4 months.

Is there a herbal Vaniqa cream?

No. Herbal Vaniqa cream does not exist. If you have been marketed such a formulation, it may be fake.

Can women use Vaniqa cream during pregnancy?

It is not recommended to use Vaniqa cream if you are pregnant or planning to get pregnant. It is also not recommended if you are breastfeeding. You are advised to use other hair removal techniques.

Should I avoid any particular food or drink when using Vaniqa cream?

You can eat and drink normally when using Vaniqa cream.

Alternatives to Vaniqa cream

Alternatives for the treatment of facial hair removal include shaving, waxing, plucking, bleaching, threading, or laser and electrolysis treatments.

Your GP may also suggest taking a contraceptive pill if you haven’t yet reached menopause, as this can be effective in managing excess hair.


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The information provided here about medications is subject to change and is not meant to include all uses, precautions, warnings, directions, drug interactions, allergic reactions, or negative effects. The absence of warnings or other information for a particular medication does not imply that the medication or medication combination is appropriate for all patients or for all possible purposes.

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