Vaniqa cream (eflornithine 11.5%) for unwanted female facial hair (hirsutism).
- Applied twice daily
- Clinically proven to be effective
|Vaniqa cream (60 gram tube)||x1 (2 months)||£72.50|
|Vaniqa cream (60 gram tube)||x2 (4 months)||£139.00|
|Vaniqa cream (60 gram tube)||x3 (6 months)||£206.00|
Dr Fox supplies medicine on prescription and charges a small prescription fee based on the order value of each prescription.
Prescriptions are issued by our doctors online and sent electronically to our pharmacy.
If you have your own private paper prescription please post to our pharmacy (details).
Dr Fox prices are 25%–50% lower than other UK online clinics.
|Order value||Prescription fee|
|up to £10||£1.00|
|up to £20||£3.00|
|up to £50||£5.00|
|up to £100||£8.00|
|Vaniqa (eflornithine 11.5%)||Dr Fox*||Lloyds||Superdrug||Pharmacy2U||Health Express|
|60 gram tube (2 months) x 1||£72.50||£80.50||£90.00||£80.00||£80.00||£110.00|
|60 gram tube (4 months) x 2||£139.00||£149.00||£n/a||£144.00||£180.00|
About Vaniqa cream
How does Vaniqa work?
Vaniqa cream, containing Eflornithine, is used to treat excessive facial hair growth in women over 18. It is a prescription medicine. Vaniqa is not a hair remover, but works by reducing new hair growth and regrowth. Vaniqa works at the level of hair follicles by reducing the activity of an enzyme involved in hair growth.
What causes female facial hair?
Hirsutism may be a family trait, but it can also be caused by medical conditions, such as over active thyroid, polycystic ovaries, and as a side effect of some prescription medicines. Always consult a doctor before treatment.
Women should not assume their hirsutism is natural for them. They should get a check-up with a doctor before treatment. Hirsutism is commoner in women of SE Asian origin.
Prescription medicines associated with hirsutism include; cyclosporine, minoxidil, glucocorticoids also known as steroids, phenobarbitone and phenytoin used to treat seizures, and some but not all, hormone replacements and contraceptive pills.
The Dr Fox online consultation carries out checks for suitability. Women who are sensitive to Vaniqa, or have a history of kidney or liver disease may not be able to use Vaniqa.
Consult a doctor if you are using other skin preparations at the same time.
How to use
Apply a pea-sized amount (approx 25mg) of cream twice daily to clean dry skin of the face and rub it in until no longer visible. Leave at least 8 hours between applications. If irritation occurs, reduce application to once daily. See a doctor if irritation persists. Avoid contact with the mouth, inner nose and eyes. Wait 5 mins before applying make-up and other skin preparations. Leave for at least 4 hours before washing off.
Use only of effected area; usually the chin, cheeks and upper lip.
If Vaniqa is accidentally swallowed, in anything but a smear of cream, consult a doctor.
What to expect from treatment
Vaniqa does not remove existing hair. It slows down new growth and regrowth. Hair removal, for example by plucking or shaving, should be continued.
It can takes up to 8 weeks for results. If after 4 months there is no improvement, Vaniqa should be stopped and a doctor consulted.
Vaniqa's effects wear off after 8 weeks of stopping treatment. To maintain the effect, Vaniqa must be used continuously.
Side effects of Vaniqa
Side effects, if they occur, are usually topical, usually occurring at the site the cream is applied, and usually resolving once treatment is discontinued.
A full list can be found at in the manufacturer's Patient Information Leaflet.
The commonest side effect, occurring in up to 1 in 10 women, is acne. Also common, occurring in up to 1 in 100 are; dry skin, hair loss, inflammation, itching, rash, redness, and stinging and tingling. Other side effects are less common.
Any side effects which occur should be discussed with a doctor or pharmacist.
It would be unusual for Vaniqa to interact with other prescribed medicines.
Pregnancy and breast-feeding
Do not use Vaniqa if you are pregnant or breast-feeding. Alternative treatments should be used.
Patient information leaflet
The 'Patient Information Leaflet' supplied with medication must be read before using.Start order
Authored 02 April 2016
by Dr Tony Steele, MB ChB
Reviewed 28 November 2016 by Dr B. Babor, MB ChB
Last updated 8 November 2017
The order process
Answer short medical questionnaire
Choose treatment, register, and pay
Doctor issues prescription online
Medicine posted direct from pharmacy
This product definitely works as I have not used it for sometime because it is so expensive however I have noticed my hair has started to grow back! So I will definitely be reordering and continuing with this treatment even though it is costly
J. Jinks Verified
This product works well to keep unwanted facial hair at bay
good product. does what it is for.
Does what it says on the tube. My facial hair has gone almost completely using this and electrolosis
I have found Vaniqa cream to be life-changing. It has made a massive difference to my face and my confidence (I am in my 50s with an underactive thyroid and PCO, with pale skin and dark hair). It has taken about five months to get a satisfactory result and I have only been using it once a day instead of twice a day as prescribed, because I found that all the hair follicles died under my skin and went septic very quickly and I had terrible spots as a result. I would therefore recommend that you start using just a tiny amount mixed into your usual moisturiser and gradually increase the amount you use over time. Definitely give it 6 months - I have had amazing results and feel normal for the first time in years.