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#12368 - 04/25/02 10:58 AM Vaniqa
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Can anyone help me here. Why can men not use Vaniqa? (Just setting out! G.)

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#12369 - 04/25/02 01:39 PM Re: Vaniqa
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quote:
Originally posted by Graeme:
Can anyone help me here. Why can men not use Vaniqa? (Just setting out! G.)

Hi Graeme--

Vaniqa hasn't been tested on men in any of the studies they have submitted to the US Food and Drug administration. Male facial hair growth is driven by much higher levels of androgens than most women have. That means that men probably wouldn't find it to be quite as effective. Because they have not tested it on men, there is no available data on whether or not it effects men differently-- no established success rates or rates of complications.

It also hasn't been tested on large areas (just the chin). In larger doses, there might be additional side effects from absorbing large amounts.

If you are considering Vaniqa, you might ask your physician about it. She or he may have additional insights. Many physicians will prescribe drugs for "off-label" use if they have reason to believe a patient may benefit. For instance, some doctors will write women prescriptions for the impotence drug Viagra, even though it has not been thoroughly tested on women.

Please check back after you've decided on a method and let us know your progress!

Take care,
Andrea

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#12370 - 04/26/02 10:25 AM Re: Vaniqa
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quote:
Originally posted by Andrea:
quote:
Originally posted by Graeme:
Can anyone help me here. Why can men not use Vaniqa? (Just setting out! G.)

Hi Graeme--

Vaniqa hasn't been tested on men in any of the studies they have submitted to the US Food and Drug administration. Male facial hair growth is driven by much higher levels of androgens than most women have. That means that men probably wouldn't find it to be quite as effective. Because they have not tested it on men, there is no available data on whether or not it effects men differently-- no established success rates or rates of complications.

It also hasn't been tested on large areas (just the chin). In larger doses, there might be additional side effects from absorbing large amounts.

If you are considering Vaniqa, you might ask your physician about it. She or he may have additional insights. Many physicians will prescribe drugs for "off-label" use if they have reason to believe a patient may benefit. For instance, some doctors will write women prescriptions for the impotence drug Viagra, even though it has not been thoroughly tested on women.

Please check back after you've decided on a method and let us know your progress!

Take care,
Andrea


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#12371 - 05/31/02 06:15 AM Re: Vaniqa
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Hi! I have used vaniqua on and off for 1.5 years.. I have a love hate relationship with it.. It does work..hair growth is reduced.. however as soon as you stop within 2 weeks it is back to normal.. also it changes your hair.. it makes it tough, and hard to deal with.. when plucking it breaks instead of pulling out.. I quit using it because it caused so many ingrowns.. It really does work.. my hairs grew much slower, but they became different, tougher, brittel, and made a mess out of my face so I quit.. your milage may vary..

Hugs,

Metria

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#12372 - 06/01/02 12:23 AM Re: Vaniqa
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why did u have to pluck them? i know vaniqa makes the hair less noticeable.

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#12373 - 06/02/02 02:42 PM Re: Vaniqa
Andrea Offline
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quaterman, Vaniqa requires you to continue your current method(s) of hair removal while you use the product.

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#12374 - 06/02/02 05:07 PM Re: Vaniqa
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andrea but i read that the removal is required untill the desired results are achieved and then you just have to keep apply it.

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#12375 - 06/02/02 05:11 PM Re: Vaniqa
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Vaniqa can inhibit hair growth, but it probably will not completely eliminate growth. That's why they recommend supplementing it with your regular hair removal method.

As I have mentioned before, it has not been tested on men and may not be as effective for them.

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#12376 - 06/02/02 05:47 PM Re: Vaniqa
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i tried few samples of vanisha (which works in a similar way vaniqa does) and it works. but i thought it would keep my hair fine if i keep applying it. so basicly(if vanisha does work like vaniqa) if i wont remove the hair will it grow back to normal eventually or there will be a diffrence?

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#12377 - 06/02/02 05:55 PM Re: Vaniqa
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Vanisha does not work like Vaniqa.

Vanisha does not have the active ingredient from Vaniqa (eflornithine hydrochloride).

Vanisha does not have published clinical data to back up its claims.

There is no way to know what Vanisha does or does not do because they haven't tested it under controlled clinical conditions. The impression that it works could be a pacebo effect or a surface effect caused by a caustic ingredient that dissolves hair abocve the skin's surface.

Consumers should avoid herbal preparations Vanisha until there is some proof of their claims and a body of evidence showing the stuff does what they say it can do.

[ June 02, 2002, 10:57 AM: Message edited by: Andrea ]

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