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Vaniqa

Generic Name: eflornithine topical (ee FLOOR nih theen)
Brand Names: Vaniqa
Vaniqa is used to reduce unwanted facial hair in women. Learn about side effects, interactions and indications.
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Drug Information:
Vaniqa (eflornithine) interferes with a chemical in hair follicles under the skin, which slows hair growth where the medicine is applied. Vaniqa cream is used to reduce unwanted facial hair in women. Vaniqa cream does not permanently remove facial hair or prevent hair growth. Vaniqa cream is for external use only. Continue to use Vaniqa even if you do not see immediate results. Reduction in facial hair occurs gradually. Improvement may be seen as early as 4 to 8 weeks of treatment, however it may take longer in some individuals. If no improvement is seen after 6 months of use, treatment should be discontinued. Hair growth may return to pretreatment levels approximately 8 weeks after discontinuation of treatment. Learn more

Vaniqa Side Effects

Vaniqa Side Effects

Note: This document contains side effect information about eflornithine topical. Some of the dosage forms listed on this page may not apply to the brand name Vaniqa.

For the Consumer

Applies to eflornithine topical: topical cream

Some side effects of eflornithine topical (the active ingredient contained in Vaniqa) may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects. Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them:

More common

  • Acne
  • stinging skin

Less common

  • Burning or bleeding skin
  • chapped, red lips
  • chronic acne
  • hair bumps
  • numbness
  • rash
  • reddening of skin
  • swelling of lips
  • tingling skin

For Healthcare Professionals

Applies to eflornithine topical: topical cream

General

The most frequently reported side effects were dermatologic in nature and included acne and pseudofolliculitis barbae.

Dermatologic

Very common (10% or more): Acne (up to 21.3 %), pseudofolliculitis barbae (up to 16.3%)

Common (1% to 10%): Stinging skin, burning skin, dry skin, pruritus, erythema, tingling skin, skin irritated, rash, alopecia

Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Ingrown hair, papular rash, skin bleeding, eczema, contact dermatitis, hair texture abnormal, hair growth abnormal, skin hypopigmentation, skin soreness

Rare (less than 0.1%): Rosacea, seborrheic dermatitis, maculopapular rash, skin cyst, vesiculobullous rash, skin disorder, hirsutism, skin tightness

Nervous system

Common (1% to 10%): Headache, dizziness

Frequency not reported: Numbness

Gastrointestinal

Common (1% to 10%): Dyspepsia

Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Nausea, cheilitis, numb lip

Frequency not reported: Swollen lip

Cardiovascular

Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Flushing

Other

Common (1% to 10%): Folliculitis

Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Facial edema, asthenia, vertigo, mouth edema, herpes simplex, furunculosis

Metabolic

Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Anorexia

Oncologic

Rare (less than 0.1%): Skin neoplasm

Editorial References and Review

Medically reviewed by BestRx Medical Team Last updated on 1/1/2020.

Source: Drugs.com Vaniqa