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Warticon (podophyllotoxin)

Warticon is a medicine used to treat genital warts and is intended for external use only. It contains the active ingredient podophyllotoxin which prevents cell growth and kills the virus that causes the warts to appear. The warts usually disappear a few weeks after the start of treatment.

What is Warticon?

Warticon is a medicine that is used to treat genital warts and is intended for external use only. It contains the active ingredient podophyllotoxin which prevents cell growth and kills the virus that causes the warts to appear. The warts usually disappear a few weeks after the start of treatment.

What is Warticon used for?

This medicine is used to treat genital warts, which small lumps found on the penis or around the vagina, labia and anus. Genital warts are an STI (sexually transmitted infection). The virus that causes the warts is contagious and can be passed on through sexual contact.

How to use Warticon

Warticon is available as a cream and cutaneous solution. It should be applied to clean, dry skin and directly to the warts, while taking care to avoid getting the solution on healthy skin. You can use vaseline or zinc ointment to protect the skin around the warts or prevent skin irritation. Warticon cream can be applied to the warts using your fingertip, while Warticon cutaneous solution should be applied using the applicator. Make sure to follow the instructions on the package leaflet. Wash your hands immediately after use and avoid contact with the eyes. Warning: Genital warts are highly contagious. To avoid infecting your partner, you should not have unprotected sex if you are using Warticon and your genital warts have not yet cleared.

Dosage

Unless otherwise prescribed by your doctor, Warticon wart treatment should be applied as follows:

  • Apply a small amount of the cream or solution directly to the warts twice daily for three days;
  • Wait four days before you start a new three-day treatment session;
  • Treatment can be repeated if necessary.

If the warts have not cleared up after four three-day treatment sessions, stop using the product and consult your doctor.

Warticon is not suitable for children under the age of 18. Read the package leaflet before use.

Side effects

Warticon wart treatment can cause side effects, including burning, stinging and/or itching in the area of use – this side effect generally disappears after a while, otherwise consult a doctor – and painful, red or ulcerous warts, which is a sign that the medicine is working. If these symptoms do not improve after a few days, consult a doctor. For more information, see the package leaflet.

When not to use Warticon

Warticon wart treatment is not suitable for everyone and should not be used if you are:

  • Allergic to podophyllotoxin or any other ingredient in this medicine;
  • Taking medication that contains podophyllin;
  • Pregnant or breastfeeding.

This product is not known to interact with other medicines. However, you should always tell the doctor which medicines you are already taking.

Pregnancy / driving ability / alcohol

Do not use Warticon wart treatment if you are pregnant or breastfeeding as the active ingredient in this medicine is harmful to (unborn) babies.

This medicine does not interact with alcohol or affect your ability to drive safely.

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