Female Health

FEMALE HEALTH


Your Pharmacist can supply Vaniqa cream to treat hair growth on the top lip and under the chin. Vaniqa is NOT a hair-remover. Vaniqa cream slows down new hair growth after existing hair has been removed. Vaniqa cream is well suited to being used together with hair-removal products and procedures and with prescription medications from doctors to reduce hair growth. Vaniqa cream is a prescription medication which your Pharmacist is able to supply without a prescription. Before your Pharmacist can supply Vaniqa you will be asked if you have previously seen a doctor about facial hair.

Before Vaniqa Treatment
It is always necessary to see a doctor about increased facial hair. Your doctor may want to carry out tests and may prescribe regular medication to reduce facial hair growth. Women who have not previously seen a doctor or women who require advice about facial hair should consult a doctor before obtaining Vaniqa. Your pharmacist can provide a letter for your doctor. Facial hair tends to increase after the menopause. Medical treatments for post-menopausal hair growth are available on prescription from doctors.

Causes of Facial Hair
Some oral contraceptive pills contain ingredients which help reduce facial hair growth. Your doctor will be able to advise you. Increased facial hair sometimes just runs in families. Southern European and south asian woman tend to be more affected. Prescription medication tend to be less affective for this type of facial hair which may respond to Vaniqa. In some rare cases increased facial hair is caused by over-active adrenal glands or an under-active thyroid gland. In some very rare cases tumours can produce hormones which lead to increased hair growth. In other rare cases some prescription medications can cause excessive hair growth. If a madication is the cause of hair growth this will be listed in its side-effects If increased facial hair comes on rapidly over a few months, starts before puberty or occurs in unusual parts of the body, medical investigation is almost certainly required.Read the patient information supplied with medication – Important

Emotional Distress
Women with increased facial hair are often self-conscious. They may be stressed, anxious and even depressed. It is important to seek help problem is getting you down.

How it Works
Vaniqa cream contains the active ingrdient eflornithine Vaniqa is applied to the top lip area and under the chin twice daily and is rubbed-in. A small amount of the active ingredient penetrates to the base of hair follicles where it blocks enzymes and slows down new hair growth.

How to use Vaniqa
Vaniqa cream supports hair-removal treatments such as, shaving, laser, electrolysis, plucking or depilatory (hair-remover) applications. After hair has been removed with any of thes.e techniques Vaniqa will help to reduce treatments should be continued whilst using Vaniqa. Do NOT stop any prescribed medication from your doctor when you use Vaniqa. Vaniqa can be used at the same time. Vaniqa is for use only in the top lip area and under the chin. Applied twice daily a 30 gram tube will normally last about one month.

How effective is Vaniqa ?
In studies seven out of ten women who use Vaniqa cream for six months show improvement. This compares with four out of ten who use a dummy cream. About three out of ten women have marked improvement or better after six months. Approximately three out of ten women using Vaniqa do not show improvement.

How to use Vaniqa
Vaniqa cream supports hair-removal treatments such as, shaving, laser, electrolysis, plucking or depilatory (hair-remover) applications. After hair has been removed with any of these techniques Vaniqa will help to reduce treatments should be continued whilst using Vaniqa. Do NOT stop any prescribed medication from your doctor when you use Vaniqa. Vaniqa can be used at the same time. Vaniqa is for use only in the top lip area and under the chin. Applied twice daily a 30 gram tube will normally last about one month. Vaniqa is a long-term treatment. Treatment may take up to four months to work, although improvement may start after eight weeks. If there is no improvement after four months, Vaniqa should be stoppe

Side-effects
Acne may occur, although this is no more frequent with Vaniqa than with other creams. Burning, stinging, tingling, and rash and redness occur more frequently with Vaniqa than with non-active creams.

Further information
A doctor should always be consulted where facial hair is a problem. See the NHS Choices website and the Unwanted Facial Hair website. • www.nhs.uk/conditions/hirsutism • www.unwantedfacialhair.co.uk