PrescriptionGiant is a FREE prescription savings program that can save you up to 75% on your prescriptions with or without insurance!

Eflornithine cream

Actual product appearance may differ slightly.

Click the CARD below to print or take a screenshot on your mobile phone or tablet. There is no need to download another app!

If you would like to personalize your card enter your full name in the member name field below the card at this link and click the Update button.

Why is this medication prescribed?

Eflornithine cream is primarily prescribed for the treatment of unwanted facial hair growth in women, a condition known as hirsutism. It is specifically formulated to slow down the growth of facial hair and reduce the density and thickness of hair in affected areas, such as the chin and upper lip.

How should this medicine be used?

When using eflornithine cream, it’s essential to follow the instructions provided by your healthcare provider or pharmacist. Typically, the cream is applied to the affected areas of the face twice daily, with at least eight hours between applications. Here’s a general guideline on how to use eflornithine cream:

  • Wash your hands and the affected area with a mild cleanser and pat dry with a clean towel.
  • Apply a thin layer of eflornithine cream to the affected areas of the face, such as the chin and upper lip.
  • Gently rub the cream into the skin until it is absorbed.
  • Avoid washing or rinsing the treated area for at least four hours after applying the cream.
  • Do not apply cosmetics or other skincare products to the treated area immediately after applying eflornithine cream.
  • Continue using the cream as directed by your healthcare provider, even if you do not see immediate results. It may take several weeks to notice a reduction in facial hair growth.

It’s essential to use eflornithine cream consistently and as prescribed to achieve the best results. If you have any questions or concerns about using this medication, consult your healthcare provider for guidance.

Other uses for this medicine

While eflornithine cream is primarily prescribed for the treatment of unwanted facial hair growth in women, there are no other FDA-approved uses for this medication as a cream. However, eflornithine has been used in oral form for the treatment of African trypanosomiasis (sleeping sickness), although this is a different formulation and usage.

What special precautions should I follow?

Regarding special precautions for using eflornithine cream, here are some important points to keep in mind:

  • Avoid contact with eyes and mucous membranes: Eflornithine cream is for external use only. Avoid getting the cream in your eyes, nose, mouth, or other mucous membranes. If accidental contact occurs, rinse thoroughly with water.
  • Skin irritation: Some individuals may experience mild skin irritation, redness, or burning sensation at the application site. If these side effects persist or worsen, discontinue use and consult your healthcare provider.
  • Sun exposure: It’s advisable to minimize exposure to sunlight and ultraviolet (UV) light while using eflornithine cream. If exposure cannot be avoided, apply sunscreen and protective clothing to the treated areas.
  • Pregnancy and breastfeeding: The safety of eflornithine cream during pregnancy and breastfeeding has not been established. Consult your healthcare provider before using this medication if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or breastfeeding.
  • Medical conditions: Inform your healthcare provider about any medical conditions you have, especially if you have a history of skin conditions or allergies. They can determine if eflornithine cream is suitable for you.
  • Other medications: Inform your healthcare provider about any other medications, including over-the-counter drugs, supplements, or herbal remedies, you are taking. Some medications may interact with eflornithine cream.
  • Allergic reactions: If you experience signs of an allergic reaction, such as rash, itching, swelling, or difficulty breathing, seek medical attention immediately.

Always follow your healthcare provider’s instructions and recommendations when using eflornithine cream, and contact them if you have any concerns or questions about its use or potential side effects.

What special dietary instructions should I follow?

Regarding special dietary instructions, there are no specific dietary restrictions associated with using eflornithine cream. However, maintaining a healthy and balanced diet can contribute to overall well-being and may indirectly support the effectiveness of the treatment.

What should I do if I forget a dose?

If you forget to apply a dose of eflornithine cream, apply it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next scheduled dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not apply extra cream to make up for a missed dose. It’s essential to maintain consistent use of the medication for optimal results. If you have any concerns or questions about missed doses, consult your healthcare provider or pharmacist for guidance.

What side effects can this medication cause?

Eflornithine cream, like any medication, can cause side effects, although not everyone may experience them. Common side effects associated with eflornithine cream may include:

  • Skin irritation: This may include redness, itching, burning sensation, stinging, or dryness at the application site. These effects are usually mild and tend to improve over time as your skin adjusts to the medication.
  • Acne: Some individuals may experience acne or folliculitis (inflammation of hair follicles) in the treated areas.
  • Hair texture changes: While eflornithine cream is intended to reduce unwanted facial hair growth, some individuals may notice changes in hair texture, such as increased softness or thinning of hair.
  • Headache: Headaches are reported infrequently as a side effect of eflornithine cream.
  • Skin reactions: Rarely, individuals may experience more severe skin reactions such as rash, swelling, or hives at the application site. If you experience any of these symptoms, discontinue use and consult your healthcare provider.
  • Eye irritation: Accidental contact with eflornithine cream in the eyes may cause irritation. If this occurs, rinse thoroughly with water and seek medical attention if irritation persists.

It’s important to note that this list is not exhaustive, and other side effects may occur. If you experience any unexpected or severe side effects while using eflornithine cream, contact your healthcare provider for advice. They can provide guidance on managing side effects or adjusting your treatment regimen if necessary.

What should I know about storage and disposal of this medication?

Storage and disposal of eflornithine:

  • Storage: Store eflornithine cream at room temperature, away from moisture, heat, and direct light. Keep the medication out of reach of children and pets. Do not freeze the cream.
  • Disposal: Dispose of eflornithine cream according to local regulations or guidelines for pharmaceutical waste disposal. Do not flush the medication down the toilet or pour it down the drain unless instructed to do so. Consult your pharmacist or local waste disposal authority for proper disposal instructions.

In case of emergency/overdose

In case of accidental ingestion of eflornithine cream or if you suspect an overdose, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately. Do not induce vomiting unless instructed to do so by medical personnel.

What other information should I know?

  • Other information: It’s essential to inform your healthcare provider about all medications, including prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal products, that you are currently using or planning to use. Some medications may interact with eflornithine cream, affecting its effectiveness or increasing the risk of side effects.
  • Follow-up appointments: Your healthcare provider may schedule follow-up appointments to monitor your progress and assess the effectiveness of eflornithine cream in reducing unwanted facial hair growth. Attend these appointments as scheduled and communicate any concerns or changes in your condition to your healthcare provider.
  • Consistent use: Consistently apply eflornithine cream as directed by your healthcare provider, even if you do not see immediate results. It may take several weeks to notice a reduction in facial hair growth. Do not exceed the recommended dosage or frequency of application unless instructed by your healthcare provider.
  • Informing other healthcare providers: If you are undergoing any medical procedures or treatments, inform other healthcare providers involved in your care about your use of eflornithine cream to avoid potential interactions or complications.

By following these guidelines and communicating with your healthcare provider as needed, you can use eflornithine cream safely and effectively for the treatment of unwanted facial hair growth.

Copyright © 2023