- Used to treat Genital Warts in both Men and Women
- Fights the HPV causing the cells within the warts to die
- Allows healthy tissue to replace the wart cells within a matter of weeks
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What is Warticon?
Warticon is a cream which contains the active ingredient podophyllotoxin; this plant extract is part of a group of medicines known as 'antivirals'.
You can buy Warticon cream from Medicine Direct; because this is a very potent topical cream, you can only order it when you have a prescription from your doctor.
Order with us before 2pm and we can offer you next day delivery on your purchase.
What is Warticon used to treat?
Warticon is suitable for treating smaller warts in the early stages of infection. Warticon is a commonly prescribed cream used to treat genital warts in both men and women.
Warts are generally caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV).
The active ingredient in Warticon fights the HPV, which causes the cells within the warts to die. This means healthy tissue is able to replace the wart cells within a matter of weeks.
Who can use Warticon?
Warticon is a very effective treatment for genital warts, but it is not suitable for everyone to use.
This medicine is not suitable for children who are under the age of 18 years old.
You should not be using Warticon if any of these apply to you:
- You have warts on areas of broken, bleeding or damaged skin
- You are already using any medicine that contains podophyllotoxin
- You are allergic to podophyllotoxin or any of the other ingredients contained in Warticon – see the Ingredients tab for full details
If your warts cover an area larger than 4cm, your treatment may need to be applied by a doctor or nurse.
Warticon is for external use only, it should not be applied to the inside of the penis, vagina or anus.
Do not put any kind of dressing, such as a bandage or plaster, over the affected area while using Warticon.
If you have any questions or concerns about using this medication, we strongly advise you to discuss them with your doctor before you use it.
Possible Side Effects
As with all medicines, Warticon cream comes with the risk of certain side effects, although not everyone will experience them.
If you suffer from any of the below, you should stop using the cream and speak to your doctor as soon as possible:
- Irritation of the application site, including redness or an itching/burning sensation
- Wearing away of the top layers of skin
- Bleeding, stinging, burning or swelling of the treated skin
This list is not exhaustive. Please refer to the Side Effects tab on this product page for a list of more serious adverse reactions you may experience.
Always read the patient information leaflet thoroughly, for a full list of undesired effects you may suffer while taking this medication.
Warticon Dosage and Directions
Our pharmacists and prescribers follow NICE guidelines when prescribing Wartion Cream.
Always follow your doctor's instructions when using Warticon. Always read the patient information leaflet before you apply the cream.
- Use Warticon twice a day (every 12 hours); once in the morning and once in the evening. Do this for 3 consecutive days.
- Do not apply Warticon again for 4 days. A full course of treatment is complete after 3 consecutive days.
- If you still have warts after 7 days, repeat the course of treatment exactly as you did for the first week.
- You should not use Warticon for more than 4 courses of treatment (4 weeks).
- If you still have genital warts after 4 courses of treatment, return to your doctor for guidance.
- You may notice a mild irritation of the affected areas after a few days. This means that the treatment is starting to work. If you notice a severe skin reaction, you should stop using the treatment and speak to your doctor.
How to apply Warticon
- Wash the affected area(s) with soap and water, then dry the area(s) gently with a clean towel.
- Use your fingertip to apply Warticon cream over each wart; only use enough to cover the warts.
- Rub the cream into the wart, avoiding contact with healthy skin. If the treatment comes into contact with healthy skin, wash the cream off with soap and water.
- Wash your hands thoroughly after you have applied the treatment.
- Screw the lid back onto the treatment tightly after applying it to your warts.
What if I use too much?
If you apply too much Warticon, wash the cream thoroughly from the area of treatment. If you experience any adverse reactions from over-application, you should speak to your doctor as soon as possible.
What if I forget to use it?
Never double dose any treatment to try and make up for a missed dose. If you forget to use Warticon, apply it as soon as you remember.
To ensure the effectiveness of this genital wart treatment, it is important you are consistent with your applications. To get into a routine of applying the treatment to your warts, try to do it at the same times each day; some people also find it beneficial to set an alarm to remind them to apply the treatment.
What if I get it in my eyes or swallow it?
Warticon cream is for external use only.
If you get it in your eyes, rinse your eyes thoroughly with water and speak to your doctor.
Rinse your mouth immediately with water if you get the cream in your mouth.
Go to A&E straight away if you accidentally swallow Warticon; take the cream and packaging with you.
How to store Warticon
Store this medication out of sight and reach of children.
Do not keep using this medication if it has passed its expiration date (this can be found on the tube and carton).
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Warticon Cream Side Effects
The more common adverse effects can be found on the main product page.
Not everyone will suffer from side effects, but in rare cases, you may experience more serious side effects while using the Warticon treatment.
You should speak to your doctor as soon as possible if you experience any of the following symptoms:
- You have an allergic reaction to the medication (pain, bleeding, swelling etc.)
- You develop skin ulcers
- Your skin has scabbing, discolouration, dry skin or blisters
In rare instances, you may suffer a severe allergic reaction to Warticon and require immediate treatment in a hospital. You should stop using the cream and either call 999 or go to A&E immediately if you experience one or more of these symptoms:
- You have a skin rash that is red, itchy, swollen, blistered or peeling
- You are wheezing
- You have tightness in the chest or throat
- Your face, throat, mouth, tongue or lips become swollen
- You are finding it difficult to breathe or speak
This list of side effects may not be exhaustive; refer to the patient information leaflet for the full list of possible side effects.
If you have any questions or doubts, speak to your doctor or pharmacist before you start to use the medication.
Warticon Cream Warnings and drug interactions
Warticon may interact with other medicines; this can increase your chances of suffering from side effects and hinder the effectiveness of the treatment.
You must always make sure you inform your doctor of any medicines you are already using before you start to take Warticon; this includes both prescription and non-prescription medications, herbal remedies, vitamins and supplements.
Your doctor must be made aware if you are currently using, or have recently used, any other treatments for genital warts.
You are advised to not have sex while being treated for genital warts, as HPV is contagious and can be passed on through skin-on-skin contact. If you do have sex while being treated for warts, ensure you use a condom to stop your partner from coming into contact with the warts.
If you have any doubts or concerns at all, we strongly advise you to discuss these with your doctor or pharmacist before you start to use this treatment.
Only apply this treatment to external areas of your body. It should not be applied to warts inside the penis, vagina or anus.
Only ever order medicine online if it is from a pharmacy that is registered with the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPC), like Medicine Direct. This will help to ensure that you only order genuine versions of the medication, which are safe to use.
If you order with us before 2pm, we can offer you next day delivery on your order.
Pregnancy and breastfeeding
Warticon cream is not recommended for use by women who are pregnant.
You should inform your doctor if you are currently pregnant, are trying to get pregnant or think that you may be pregnant.
While using Warticon, you should use at least one effective form of contraception to avoid getting pregnant.
If you become pregnant while using this treatment, it is important you inform your doctor as soon as possible.
It is not recommended that Warticon is used by women who are breastfeeding. You should tell your doctor if you are currently breastfeeding, before you start to use Warticon or any other medicine that contains podophyllotoxin. They may be able to suggest a more suitable medication to treat your warts.
Find out more on the BUMPS website.
Warticon Cream Ingredients
The active ingredient contained in this medicine is podophyllotoxin.
Inactive ingredients also contained in Warticon include: butyl hydroxyanisole (E320), sorbic acid, stearyl alcohol and cetyl alcohol, methyl parahydroxybenzoate and propyl parahydroxybenzoate, E218 and E216.
Updated on: 04/06/2021
This content has been written by James Nuttall and has been medically reviewed by our Superintendent Pharmacist Hussain Abdeh.
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