Generic Name:

eflornithine, Topical cream

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Highlights for eflornithine

Topical cream
EFLORNITHINE (ee FLOR ni theen) is used on the skin to reduce unwanted facial hair in women.
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Talk to your healthcare provider if you have any of these conditions.
Know what to watch for and get tips for reducing your risks while taking this drug.
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eflornithine Side Effects

Topical cream

Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:

  • allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

  • hair bumps
  • redness
  • stinging or burning
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eflornithine May Interact with Other Medications

Topical cream

Interactions are not expected. Do not use any other skin products on the affected area without asking your doctor or health care professional.

Disclaimer: Our goal is to provide you with the most relevant and current information. However, because drugs interact differently in each person, we cannot guarantee that this information includes all possible interactions. This information is not a substitute for medical advice. Always speak with your healthcare provider about possible interactions with all prescription drugs, vitamins, herbs and supplements, and over-the-counter drugs that you are taking.
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How to Use eflornithine

Topical cream

This medicine is for external use only. Do not take by mouth. Follow the direction on the prescription label. Wash your hands before and after use. Apply a thin film of cream to the affected areas of the face and chin twice a day (at least 8 hours apart), or as often as directed by your doctor or health care professional. Rub the cream in thoroughly. Do not wash the treatment area for at least 4 hours after application of the cream. Wait a few minutes after applying this cream before you apply cosmetics or sunscreens. This cream does not permanently remove unwanted facial hair. Continue to use your normal method for hair removal until desired results have been achieved. Do not use your medicine more often than directed.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed. While this drug may be prescribed for girls as young as 12 years of age for selected conditions, precautions do apply.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:

  • an unusual or allergic reaction to eflornithine, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant
  • breast-feeding
What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, use it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, use only that dose. Do not use double or extra doses.

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Improvement of the condition occurs gradually. It may take 4 to 8 weeks. If there is no improvement after 6 months, talk to your doctor about stopping this medicine. About 8 weeks after stopping treatment with this medicine, the hair will return to the same condition as before treatment.

Where should I keep my medicine?

Keep out of the reach of children.

Store at room temperature between 15 and 30 degrees C (59 and 86 degrees F). Do not freeze. Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.

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Topical cream

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