A generic drug is a copy of the brand-name drug with the same dosage, safety, strength, quality, consumption method, performance, and intended use. Before generics become available on the market, the generic company must prove it has the same active ingredients as the brand-name drug and works in the same way and in the same amount of time in the body.
The only differences between generics and their brand-name counterparts is that generics are less expensive and may look slightly different (eg. different shape or color), as trademarks laws prevent a generic from looking exactly like the brand-name drug.
Generics are less expensive because generic manufacturers don't have to invest large sums of money to develop a drug. When the brand-name patent expires, generic companies can manufacture a copy of the brand-name and sell it at a substantial discount.
Known as Vaniqa 11.5% in the UK
Vaniqa cream is a prescription product used to reduce facial hair in females ages 12 and older. Vaniqa is a topical product that is applied to the skin based on the directions from your doctor.
Vaniqa works by preventing cell growth, which stops the growth of facial hair. This product may take several months to start working. Continue taking it exactly as prescribed. Once discontinued, the effects of Vaniqa are reversible.
Apply Vaniqa cream to the affected area twice daily, at least eight hours apart.
Do not use Vaniqa at the same time as other prescription or cosmetic products. Separate the application of Vaniqa and other products by at least 10-15 minutes.
Vaniqa does not cause hair removal. It may take up to 4-8 weeks of treatment before results are seen.
The primary active ingredient in Vaniqa generic is eflornithine.
Vaniqa does not have any known interactions with other medications.
However, it is not recommended to apply to Vaniqa at the same time as other topical medications.
Only use Vaniqa cream on areas of intact skin. Do not apply it to areas of broken or irritated skin. It may cause burning and stinging and may not absorb properly.
Some of the more common side effects of Vaniqa may include the following:
Contact your doctor or pharmacist if you experience any of the above side effects.
Vaniqa cost is usually cheaper when purchasing online. Find it at Canada Pharmacy.
Vaniqa [package insert]. Buffalo, NY: Bristol-Myers Squibb; 2000.