What is Glutaraldehyde (Glutarol)?
Glutaraldehyde (Glutarol) is a medicine used to treat warts. It contains the active ingredient glutaraldehyde, which inactivates viruses and bacteria on the skin. Glutaraldehyde (Glutarol) is a liquid that is applied topically to ensure that the virus causing the warts cannot spread further. In addition, Glutaraldehyde (Glutarol) dries out the wart so it will disappear.
What is it used for?
Glutaraldehyde (Glutarol) is used in the treatment of warts. Warts are a common skin problem, especially in children. Warts typically appear on the hands and feet, and are usually caused by the contagious human papilloma virus. They can be painful and very unattractive. Treatment with Glutaraldehyde (Glutarol) inactivates the wart virus and dries out the wart to prevent new infections.
Note: Glutaraldehyde (Glutarol) is not suitable for treating genital warts, moles and water warts.
How to use Glutaraldehyde (Glutarol)
Follow these steps when applying Glutarol:
- Soak the affected areas in warm water with soap for a few minutes to soften the skin
- Dry the area thoroughly and gently rub away any loose skin from the surface of the wart with a nail file or a piece of pumice stone. This allows the medicine to penetrate the skin more easily
- Apply two coats of Glutarol to the wart. Allow the first coat to dry before applying the second coat. Avoid spreading onto the surrounding skin as much as possible
Never apply Glutaraldehyde (Glutarol) to the face or genital area. Glutaraldehyde (Glutarol) is only suitable for treating warts. Note: warts are contagious! Do not let anyone else use the towel, nail file or pumice stone
as the infection may spread to them.
Glutaraldehyde (Glutarol) is available in bottles containing 10 ml of solution. Unless otherwise instructed by your doctor, the initial starting dose for children and adults is:
- Two coats applied to the wart(s) twice a day
The duration of the treatment is decided by the doctor.
Glutaraldehyde (Glutarol) may cause side effects, although not everyone gets them. Reported side effects include:
- Skin irritation around the area where the solution is applied
See package leaflet for possible contraindications, warnings and other side effects.
Glutaraldehyde (Glutarol) can be safely used during pregnancy and while breastfeeding.
Using this product is not known to be affected by alcohol or to affect your ability to drive.