Vaniqa Cream (Eflornithine Hydrochloride) and/or alternatives
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General Information On Vaniqa Cream
Vaniqa Cream is used to treat unwanted facial hair in women aged 12 years or older. The generic name of this drug is Eflornithine. This topical cream does not remove unwanted facial or chin hair. Instead, it slows the growth of facial hair. You need to have a doctor’s prescription to buy Vaniqa cream as it is a prescription drug.
The cells around the hair follicles depend on proteins called polyamines to grow. The production of these proteins, in turn, is controlled by an enzyme called ODC. Vaniqa Cream works by blocking ODC. As a result, the production of polyamines is interrupted. This, in turn, slows the growth of facial hair.
The following ingredients are present in Vaniqa Cream: anhydrous eflornithine hydrochloride, dimethicone, cetearyl alcohol, ceteareth-20, methylparaben, glyceryl stearate, PEG-100 stearate, mineral oil, phenoxyethanol, stearyl alcohol, propylparaben, and water.
Side Effects for Vaniqa Cream
This topical cream rarely, if ever, causes a serious side effect. When you use Vaniqa Cream, you may experience side effects such as temporary rash, redness, tingling, stinging, irritation, or burning. In case you experience irritation at the site of application, use the cream only once a day. Consult your doctor if irritation continues to occur after you have reduced the dose.
Seek immediate medical help if you experience an allergic reaction after applying Vaniqa Cream. Common symptoms associated with allergic reactions are: wheezing, shortness of breath, trouble breathing, hives, and swelling of certain body parts.
It is possible that Eflornithine may also cause other side effects. To know all the possible side effects of this topical cream, read the patient information leaflet that is included with the purchase.
You should not buy Vaniqa Cream if you are allergic to Eflornithine or any other ingredients present in it. It is unclear if this drug harms an unborn child. If you are pregnant, use the drug only if your doctor approves its use. The safety of Vaniqa Cream in nursing infants has not been studied. If you are breastfeeding, consult your doctor before using it.
This drug is meant only for external use. When applying Vaniqa Cream, take necessary care to prevent it from entering the eyes, mouth, or nose. This topical cream is not a hair remover. You may continue to use a hair remover during treatment. Do not use a hair remover or any cosmetic immediately after you apply Vaniqa Cream. After you apply Eflornithine, you should wait for a few minutes before applying any other cream on the treated area. Do not wash the treated area for at least 4 hours after applying the cream.
In most cases, the positive effects of the drug start surfacing within 4-8 weeks. However, in some patients, Vaniqa Cream may take longer than usual to show tangible improvements. You should discontinue treatment if no improvement is seen after using Vaniqa Cream for 6 months.
Vaniqa Cream Dosage
Apply Vaniqa Cream two times a day at a gap of 8 hours, unless otherwise specified by your doctor. You should wash your hands thoroughly before and after applying the topical cream.
Vaniqa cream is not expected to interact with any other drug or cosmetic product.
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What is a "Generic" medication/drug?
Generic drugs are medications that have comparable medicinal ingredients as the original brand name drug, but which are generally cheaper in price. Nearly 1 in 3 drugs dispensed are "generic". They undergo testing to ensure that they are similar to their "brand" counterparts in:
- Active Ingredient (e.g. "Pravastatin" is the active ingredient in brand name Pravachol)
- Dosage (e.g. 10 mg of the active ingredient)
- Safety (e.g. same or similar side effects, drug interactions)
- Performance (e.g. 10 mg of a "generic" can be substituted for 10 mg of the "brand" and have the same therapeutic result)
- Intended use (e.g. both "generic" and "brand" would be prescribed for the same conditions)
What this means is that "generic" medications can be used as a substitute of their brand equivalents with the comparable therapeutic results. There are a few exceptions (examples are outlined at the end of this page) and as always you should consult your physician before switching from a brand name medications to a generic or vice versa.
What differences are there between generic and brand?
While generics and brand equivalent drugs contain the same active ingredients, they may be different in the following ways:
- Appearance (e.g. the scoring or markings)
The color, shape and size of the medication come from the fillers that are added to the active ingredients to make the drug. These fillers that are added to the drug have no medical use and do not to change the effectiveness of the final product. A generic drug must contain comparable active ingredients and must have a comparable strength and dosage as the original brand name equivalent. Generic drugs can be more cost effective than purchasing the brand name.
Why do generics cost less than the brand name equivalents?
When a new drug is "invented", the company that discovered it has a patent on it that gives them the exclusive production rights for this medication. Once the patent expires in a country, other companies can bring the product to market under their own name. This patent prevents other companies from copying the drug during that time so they can earn back their Research and Development costs through being the exclusive supplier of the product. After the patent expires however, other companies can develop a "generic" version of the product. These versions generally are offered at much lower prices because the companies do not have the same development costs as the original company who developed the medication.
The main thing to realize here though is that the two products are therapeutically equivalent. They may look different, and be called something different.
How are Generic drugs tested to ensure quality and efficacy?
Generally speaking, the two most generally accepted methods to prove the safety of a generic version of a drug are to either repeat most of the chemistry, animal and human studies originally done, or to show that the drug performs comparably with the original brand name drug. This second option is called a "comparative bioavailability" study. During this type of study, volunteers are given the original drug, and then separately later the generic drug. The rates at which the drug is delivered to the patient (into their blood stream or otherwise absorbed) are measured to ensure they are the same. Because the same active ingredient is used the major concern is just that it delivers the common chemical(s) at the same rate so that they have the same effect. Please note that the methods that the manufacturers use may vary from country to country.