Vaniqa in topical form is used in the reduction of unwanted facial hair in females. Take note that it does not remove facial hair permanently, nor does it cure them. Vaniqa is used as aid in managing skin condition and improving facial appearance.
How to take Vaniqa
Vaniqa is available in cream form of 13.9% concentrate per 30g tube. Apply the cream in a thin layer on the affected areas on the face, and down to the adjoining areas on the chin, rubbing it in thoroughly. Leave the area unwashed for at least four hours. Do this application twice a day, or as prescribed by a doctor. Hair removal methods in conjunction with Vaniqa should be continued; the latter applied after five minutes of hair removal.
Temporary adverse effects of the medication include rashes, redness, tingling, stinging, and burning sensations on the affected area; hair bumps are also possible. On rare cases, effects include bleeding skin, rosacea, cheilitis, numbness, contact dermatitis, herpes simplex, and swelling of the lips. These symptoms are slight and disappear after discontinuation of use of medication.
Avoid inadvertent application on the mouth, eyes, and nose. If such an incident occurs, wash the area with plenty of water. Users who have experienced an allergic reaction to Vaniqa in the past should avoid further use. Pregnant and breastfeeding women should initially consult with their doctors before taking on the medication. Vaniqa is not approved for use in children below twelve years old.
Potential users should consult first with their doctor, and inform the latter of any other types of prescription and over-the-counter-medications which they are currently taking, particularly other types of topical preparations. In such cases, the use of Vaniqa may be discouraged, or a dosage adjustment or regulation may be required.
Instances of overdose in Vaniqa are unlikely to occur. However, if the cream is ingested, immediate medical help is strongly recommended.
In cases of a missed dose, users are advised to avoid making up for the missed dose by applying a greater amount on the affected area. Instead, it is recommended that they follow the regular application schedule, and wait for the next application interval.
Vaniqa topical application is stored in room temperature (25°C), with allowable temperatures of 15 to 30°C.