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Warticon Cream and Solution

Warticon is a medicine containing an active ingredient called "podophyllotoxin". It comes in two forms: a cream, containing podophyllotoxin 0.15% in a 5g tube, and a solution, containing podophyllotoxin 0.5% in a 3ml bottle with a supply of applicators.

Warticon has an antiviral action and has a directly toxic effect on warts.

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How to use Warticon

It's important to read the enclosed leaflet carefully before using Warticon.

For the treatment of genital warts, affecting the penis or the external female genitalia, Warticon should be applied twice a day (in the morning, and again 12 hours later) to the affected areas, for three consecutive days. This means that you should apply six treatments over the course of three days.

The skin should be washed with soap and water and dried properly before Warticon is applied.

No more Warticon than instructed should be applied during that week. For warts that have not improved or disappeared, the doctor might recommend another three day course to be applied, as above, starting the following week - on the same day of the week as you started the first course of treatment. This can be repeated for up to four consecutive weeks if necessary.

Contact with other areas of skin, in particular the eyes, lips, and nostrils, should be avoided.

The manufacturer recommends that you should abstain from sex while treating warts with Warticon, until the skin has healed; but if you do have sex, it's important to use a condom during this time.

Is Warticon suitable for me?

There are some situations where Warticon should be used with caution or would not be recommended, for example in patients who are under 18, or who have warts over 4cm in diameter. If it doesn't work for you, talk to your doctor as a different treatment might be better.

Tell the doctor if you are taking any other medicines, either from your GP or purchased from a pharmacy. Warticon will not be suitable if you are allergic to podophyllotoxin, or any of the other ingredients.

What are the side effects of Warticon?

Like all medicines, Warticon can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them. Side effects that are considered to be common include skin irritation, but this is usually mild. If more serious or persistent skin irritation is felt, you should stop using Warticon, wash the area, and talk to your doctor.

For a full list of potential side effects and other important information, please read the patient leaflet provided in the pack before starting any course of treatment. An online guide can also be viewed online here: