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What is Eflornithine used for?

Eflornithine cream for topical use is prescribed to slow down the growth rate of unwanted facial hair in women. This cream is used to treat facial hirsutism (excessive hair growth), usually around the lips or under the chin, in women aged 12 years and older. This topical drug only “reduces” the unwanted facial hair and does not permanently remove the hair.

Eflornithine works by blocking a certain enzyme necessary for the growth of the hair. This medicine may also be used to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor.

What is the recommended dosage of Eflornithine?

The dosage of Eflornithine prescribed to each patient will vary. Always follow your physician’s instructions and/or the directions on the prescription drug label.

Apply a thin layer of Eflornithine cream around the affected areas of the face and chin, and rub in thoroughly. Wash your hands immediately after using the cream. Do not wash the treated areas for at least 4 hours after application. You should wait for at least 5 minutes after hair removal before applying the Eflornithine cream. You may apply cosmetics, sunscreens or moisturizers over the treated areas after the cream has dried completely.

What if you miss a dose of Eflornithine?

If your physician has instructed or directed you to apply Eflornithine medication in a regular schedule and you have missed a dose of this medicine, apply it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, then skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double the doses unless otherwise directed.

What if you overdose on Eflornithine?

Any medication used in excess can have serious consequences. If you suspect an overdose of Eflornithine, seek medical attention immediately.

What other drugs could interact with Eflornithine?

There are no known interactions between Eflornithine cream and other topical medicines. However, it is important to inform your doctor about the use of any other medications including non-prescription medications (over-the-counter products) and dietary supplements like vitamins, minerals and herbal, which may increase the effect of Eflornithine, so that the doctor can warn you of any possible drug interactions.

Do let your doctor know if you smoke, consume alcohol or caffeinated drinks, or use illegal drugs as these may interfere with the action of your medication. Make sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions you may have, or any family history of medical problems. Do not start or stop using any medicine without consulting your doctor.

What are the side effects of Eflornithine?

Like other medicines, Eflornithine can cause some side effects. If they do occur, the side effects of Eflornithine are most likely to be minor and temporary. However, some may be serious and may require the individual to inform the doctor or visit the nearest hospital immediately.

It is pertinent to note that side effects of Eflornithine cannot be anticipated. If any side effects of Eflornithine develop or change in intensity, the doctor should be informed as soon as possible.

Eflornithine can cause side effects such as skin rash, acne, hair bumps (folliculitis), temporary redness, burning, stinging or tingling of the skin. This is not a complete list of all side effects. Do concur with your doctor and follow his directions completely when you are using Eflornithine.

What are the questions to ask your doctor before applying Eflornithine?

Is it possible for me to use Eflornithine with other drugs?
Should certain beverages, foods and other products be avoided when I use Eflornithine?
What are the possible drug interactions of Eflornithine?
How will Eflornithine work in my body?
How should Eflornithine be applied?
How to reduce the risk of Eflornithine drug interactions and side effects?


The health and medical information provided here is intended to supplement and not substitute for the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacists or other health care professional. It should not be understood to indicate that the use of Eflornithine is safe, appropriate or effective for you. Always consult your health care professional before using this, or any other, drug.

Store Eflornithine medicine at room temperature, away from moisture and heat. Avoid getting the medicine in your mouth, nose or eyes.


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