I am unable to locate the product in my area because of its being on back order and not available. I have used it for many years very successfully and am afraid to try a non FDA approved product. Any guidance re. What others are doing would be greatly appreciated. Thanks to other Vaniqua users for their guidance. I have a medical condition requiring this product.
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I haven't found another product but would love to know if anyone else has, also. Meanwhile, I cut back to one application a day, and a smaller bit than I had been using. Trying to make it last longer - I have also been using it for many years. When I called the company they said it was a manufacturing problem being addressed as fast as possible. The woman I spoke with said to call them monthly for any updates, that they're trying to make this happen sooner. (800) 678-1605.
I have ordered it, successfully, from Universaldrugstore.com. They are out of Canada and the Vaniqa is produced in United Kingdom. It takes a little hassle to get an international money order and mail to them but I got it within a few weeks and it works great. Good luck ladies!
I just called the company and was told product is back ordered until december.. tried to order through canadian universal drugstore as was suggested and their website also lists it as temporarily unavailable.. this is terrible for people that need this product
I contacted Cipla Pharmaceutical Company by instant messenger last night to inquire about availability. I believe the company is located in India. They responded today saying Vaniqa’s will no longer be sold in the USA.
I purchased the generic Vaniqa to hold me over until July 2018. I call Allergan mid July to find out the date the medication would return to pharmacies. I was told it would now not be available until December 2018. This date is not firm however. I have purchase the generic at Tara Skin Care online in 15 gm tubes. This is all they offer. It seems to be as effective as the brand product.
To all vaniqa-users from another vaniqa-user:
1) I just rang them today, 21/8/18, and now they are saying it will be ready by the end of September;
2) some GOOD ADVICE: do you still have your old tube of vaniqa? If so, here is information about the way to extend the life of this very expensive (and currently unavailable) skin product --
POKE A HOLE IN THE TUBE WITH A PIN and squeeze more vaniqa out of it. Long after the cream will not come out of the top of the tube, it can be squeezed out through a pin hole.
AND when one pin hole stops working, make another one on the other side.
You will be surprised how well this works and how much it will extend the use of what was in the tube.
I've been trying to post this info for a while but couldn't locate this discussion. Hope this helps everyone.
I suffer from hirsutism due to thyroid issues and polycystic ovaries. I am so distraught over Vaniqa not being available and they are constantly pushing back the available date. They simply have no idea how many women desperately rely on this drug. I am now shaving twice a day as nothing else works!!! Nothing!!! One thing for sure, they’ve never run out of viagra, do they?
Received a call from my pharmacy this evening; they got a massage that vaniqa is discounted... I did ask if it was replaced with another they didn’t know. I’m in Florida and it’s been on back order since May. Help!
Have you found anything?
I've been ordering through universaldrugstore.com. I ordered in October and then again just put in a refill today, and it accepted the refill without a problem. When you go to the main page and search for vaniqa it allows you to order it, there's nothing on their website that says it's backordered. You do need a prescription but you can just scan it or take a picture of it and send it to them. I haven't had any issues ordering from them.
I have been having same issue for at least a year! Ugh! I don't know what the hold up is! I called my pharmacy again today, they said probably around December 24th?! Who knows.
Anyway, in the meantime, I wanted to try "Hair Free', so I ordered it on-line. I have no idea if it works or not, because the smell was so horrific to me, (I have a lot of allergies), that I sent it right back.
I then tried a tube of cream I found at CVS, I think it was called "Barely There", or something like that. Don't bother! A total waste of money!
Right now I'm using one I found on Amazon. I needed something with no smell. It's called "Inhibitif". It comes in a dropper bottle, which can be a bit messy. It isn't great, but it's better than nothing. I had to use it for 4 weeks, twice a day until I noticed any help.
Anyone else have any suggestions?
Is anyone else at all worried that this has been discontinued because of a safety issue and they aren't telling us because of fear of being sued? Because I don't understand this AT ALL. I have ordered and used Eflora from rakuten.com and it works but I don't know why Vaniqa disappeared. A shortage of an ingredient? I don't believe it - my doctor seems oblivious/unconcerned but she doesn't have this issue so... who knows?
I had a compounding pharmacy make it for me. It works the same. It costs the same- about $145 a container. I say 'container' because sometimes it's in a tub and sometimes a tube. But same as normal pharmacy, you need to have prescription, but it's a near-exact copy. We use Lorenzo Apothecary in Sterling, CO and they ship it to us in Oregon. But any compounding pharmacy could make it. I didn't even know this was an option, but when I was calling smaller pharmacies to see if anyone had one 'on the shelf' early in the shortage, the guy said "No, but we can make it." I was skeptical, and he asked me for five minutes to collaborate with the staff and called me back and said it wasn't a problem. We've been very satisfied. And relieved. FWIW.
- Vaniqa Information for Consumers
- Vaniqa Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Vaniqa (detailed)
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