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Many women develop male-pattern facial hair (facial hirsutism), which can be distressing and difficult to treat. Eflornithine (Vaniqa - Shire) is a topical cream available only on prescription for treating women with facial hirsutism. Promotional material claims that the treatment "slows facial hair growth - grows her confidence". Does this product have a place in the management of women with hirsutism?
August 2007: Drug and Therapeutics Bulletin
J Shapiro, H Lui
Twenty-two percent of women in North America have unwanted facial hair, which can cause embarrassment and result in a significant emotional burden. Treatment options include plucking, waxing (including the sugar forms), depilatories, bleaching, shaving, electrolysis, laser, intense pulsed light (IPL), and eflornithine 13.9% cream (Vaniqa, Barrier Therapeutics in Canada and Shire Pharmaceuticals elsewhere). Eflornithine 13.9% cream is a topical treatment that does not remove the hairs, but acts to reduce the rate of growth and appears to be effective for unwanted facial hair on the mustache and chin area...
December 2005: Skin Therapy Letter
S Dahan
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June 2005: Annales de Dermatologie et de Vénéréologie
B Thiebot
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June 2005: Annales de Dermatologie et de Vénéréologie
B Malhotra, R Noveck, D Behr, M Palmisano
This article reports the results of an open-label, multiple-dose study to determine percutaneous absorption and pharmacokinetics of eflornithine following topical treatment with eflornithine HCl 13.9% cream (Vaniqa). Ten women with excessive facial hair were treated with two 0.5 g single doses of [14C]-labeled eflornithine HCl 13.9% (w/w) cream (periods A and C) separated by twice-daily application of 0.5 g unlabeled eflornithine HCl 13.9% cream for 7 days (period B). Analysis of radioactivity excreted in urine and feces indicated that percutaneous absorption was minimal...
September 2001: Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
J Shapiro, H Lui
Eflornithine HCl 13.9% cream is the first topical prescription treatment to be approved by the US FDA for the reduction of unwanted facial hair in women. It irreversibly inhibits ornithine decarboxylase (ODC), an enzyme that catalyzes the rate-limiting step for follicular polyamine synthesis, which is necessary for hair growth. In clinical trials eflornithine cream slowed the growth of unwanted facial hair in up to 60% of women. Improvement occurs gradually over a period of 4-8 weeks or longer. Most reported adverse reactions consisted of minor skin irritation...
April 2001: Skin Therapy Letter
J G Hickman, F Huber, M Palmisano
Eflornithine HCl 13.9% cream (Vaniqa) is a novel treatment for the management of unwanted facial hair in women. This paper reports the results of four modified open-label, within-subject vehicle-controlled studies evaluating the dermal safety of this topical treatment. In a repeated insult patch test (230 subjects), erythema with oedema occurred in 38.9% of subjects treated with eflornithine HCl 13.9% cream and 4.8% of subjects treated with vehicle cream. Challenge applications at previously untested sites following the three-week induction period produced noticeable erythema or greater on only four sites treated with eflornithine HCl 13...
2001: Current Medical Research and Opinion
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