Warticon Solution (3ml)
- Available as a Solution or Cream
- Effectivley kills the the herpes simplex virus (HPV) that causes genital warts
- Treats Genital Warts in both Men and Women
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What is Warticon?
Warticon Solution is a prescription-only medicine (POM) that can be used to treat genital warts in both men and women who are over 18 years of age.
It contains the active ingredient podophyllotoxin, which is a plant extract that belongs to a group of medicines known as antivirals. It is a topical medicine which should be applied twice a day and can generally eliminate genital warts in between four and five weeks of consistent treatment.
To buy Warticon from Medicine Direct, just complete a confidential online consultation with one of our registered doctors or pharmacists. They will prescribe Warticon if it is a safe medicine for you to use. This prescription can be used to buy Warticon from our UK-based online pharmacy. Order by 2pm and next day delivery is available.
How Warticon works
Warticon Solution is used to provide treatment for genital warts, specifically external vaginal warts in women and warts that appear on the foreskin of the penis in men.
You should apply Warticon Solution directly to the genital warts and allow it to dry.
Genital warts are caused by the herpes simplex virus (HPV); this virus also works to keep them alive. Warticon's active ingredient targets the virus itself and attacks it, which stops the virus from spreading even further. When the virus has been killed off, the genital warts will also die.
In time, the wart tissue left behind will fall away on its own, allowing new and healthy tissue to grow instead.
What are the benefits of Warticon?
Warticon can be used as a treatment by both men and women.
It is a discreet and simple topical solution to use and should be applied twice a day. When used correctly, it should have fully eradicated genital warts within four to five weeks of treatment. Speak to your doctor if you have used Warticon solution for this long and your genital warts have still not cleared. An alternative form of treatment may be more suitable.
Using a medicine such as this to treat genital warts comes with the risk that you may be left with some minor scarring. However, in most cases the scarring will be far less noticeable compared to the scarring you could suffer if you leave this problem untreated.
Alternatives to Warticon
There are various treatments available to buy from Medicine Direct which can also treat genital warts. If you do not believe that Warticon is a suitable medicine for you to use, please do not hesitate to speak to your doctor or pharmacist about trying an alternative medication.
How to store Warticon
Store this medication out of the sight and reach of children.
Do not keep using this product if it has passed the expiry date, which can be found on the carton. The expiry date refers to the final day of the stated month.
Store Warticon in conditions below 25C (room temperature) and make sure the container is sealed tightly when not being used.
This medicine is flammable, so keep it away from heat and any sources of fire or flame.
Who can use Warticon?
Warticon is not a suitable treatment for everyone to use.
Do not use Warticon if any of the below applies to you:
- You are allergic to podophyllotoxin or any of the other ingredients contained in this solution (please refer to the Ingredients tab for full details)
- You are already using any other medication that also contains podophyllotoxin
- Your warts are on an area of skin that is bleeding, damaged or broken
Speak to your doctor or pharmacist for guidance before using Warticon if your genital warts cover an area that is larger than 4 centimetres (approximately the size of a postage stamp). This treatment may need to be applied by a medical professional if this is the case.
Warticon should not be used as a treatment for warts in or around the anus.
Possible side effects
Like all medicines, Warticon can cause side effects. However, not everyone who uses this medication will be affected by them.
The following side effects are very common and may affect more than 1 in 10 people who use this solution:
- Irritation at the site of application, including burning, itching or redness
- Wearing away of the top layers of skin
Some people have also reported the following side effects, although the frequency of these reactions cannot be estimated:
- Weeping wound, damage to or loss of top layer of skin
- Scab, skin ulcer, dry skin, blister, skin discolouration
- Bleeding, swelling, pain, allergic reaction
Talk to your doctor or pharmacist if any of these reactions bother you or do not go away.
Please note, this list is not exhaustive. Please read the Side Effects tab for information on more serious reactions you may experience.
Warticon Solution Dosage and Directions
How do I use Warticon?
Our pharmacists and prescribers follow NICE guidelines when prescribing Wartion Solution.
To effectively treat genital warts, you must use Warticon Solution as you have been told by your doctor or pharmacist. Please read the patient information leaflet thoroughly before you start to use it and speak to your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions.
Apply Warticon twice a day, once in the morning and once in the evening, for 3 consecutive days. Apply the solution once every 12 hours.
Do not apply it for the next 4 days. This will complete one course of treatment.
Do not apply more than 4 courses of treatment. Speak to your doctor if you still have any genital warts after 4 courses of treatment have been applied.
Each time you apply Warticon, use a new applicator. Take great care to not get Warticon onto healthy skin. Wash the solution off healthy skin with soap and water straight away if this does happen.
This treatment is for external use only. Do not swallow it and avoid contact with the eyes.
Wash your hands before and after applying Warticon.
Directions for applying Warticon
- Wash the affected area with soap and water, then gently dry the area with a clean towel.
- Dip the 'Loop' end of the applicator into the solution. If you have a large wart or a cluster of warts in a small area, dip the 'Spatula' end into the solution.
- Apply the solution to a wart until it is covered and allow the solution to dry. Avoid contact with healthy skin.
- Repeat steps 2 and 3 for each wart. Do not let other skin touch the affected area(s) until the solution has fully dried.
- Wash your hands thoroughly after applying Warticon and screw the lid back on tightly.
Once you have applied the treatment, do not cover the treated area(s) with any kind of dressing, including bandages and plasters.
If you forget to use it
If you forget to use Warticon, apply it as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next application, just skip the dose you missed and apply it at your next scheduled time.
Do not apply a double dose to make up for missing an earlier one. To ensure you do not forget to apply the solution, try to apply it at the same times each day. Some people find it helpful to set an alarm as a reminder.
If you use more than you should have
Wash the affected area straight away and talk to your doctor or pharmacist if you have used more than you were supposed to.
If you swallow it or get it in your eyes
If you get Warticon solution in your eyes, rinse them immediately with clean water and seek medical attention.
If you get the solution in your mouth, rinse it straight away. Go to A&E or call 111 straight away if you accidentally swallow it. Take your medicine and its packaging with you if you need to go to hospital.
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If I stop using Warticon, will my genital warts return?
Is Warticon only effective for warts on the genitals?
Can Warticon make warts worse or cause a blister reaction?
Does Warticon turn warts white?
Can Warticon be used on other parts of the body?
Does Warticon treatment leave scars?
Can Warticon be used for the treatment of skin tags?
Can I use Warticon while pregnant or breastfeeding?
Can Warticon be used to treat verrucas?
Is Warticon suitable for treatment of Molluscum Contagiosum?
Is Warticon meant to be blue?
Warticon Solution Side Effects
Information on more common and milder side effects can be found on the main product page.
Stop using this medicine and seek urgent medical attention if you get any of the side effects listed below:
- Severe burning, stinging, bleeding, pain, itching or swelling of the treatment area
If you do get any of the symptoms stated above, wash the solution from your skin straight away, using soap and water.
Severe allergic reaction
If you notice any of the symptoms listed below, you could be suffering a severe allergic reaction to Warticon. Call 999 or go to A&E straight away if:
- You are wheezing
- You get a skin rash that may include red, itchy, swollen, blistered or peeling skin
- You have tightness in your chest or throat
- Your mouth, face, throat, tongue or lips start to swell
- You are finding it difficult to breathe or speak
You might require immediate treatment in hospital.
Please read the patient information leaflet, which will come with your medication, for full details on side effects. If you have any concerns about side effects, please speak to your doctor or pharmacist before you start using this medication.
Warticon Solution Warnings
What precautions/interactions should I be aware of with Warticon?
Before you start applying Warticon, it is very important that you tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are already using any other prescription or non-prescription medication. This includes vitamins, supplements and herbal remedies. It is particularly important to tell them if you are using any other medicines that contain Warticon's active ingredient, podophyllotoxin.
Do not combine Warticon with any other treatment for genital warts.
This treatment should not be used by anyone who is under the age of 18.
After applying Warticon for two or three consecutive days, you may experience mild irritation of the treatment areas. In most cases this should be no cause for concern and is a sign that the medicine is working. However, in some instances this may be a symptom of a severe skin reaction; please refer to the Side Effects tab for symptoms to look out for which may mean you are suffering an allergic reaction to the medicine. If you are suffering an allergic reaction, stop using the treatment and seek medical attention immediately.
Things to avoid with Warticon
You should not have sex while being treated for genital warts. The herpes simplex virus is highly contagious and you can pass the virus on to your sexual partner. Wait until all of your warts have cleared completely and the skin has totally healed before having sex again.
You must use a condom if you do have sex. Not only will this help to prevent the virus from spreading (although it will not remove the risk completely), it will also stop your partner from coming into contact with the active ingredient, podophyllotoxin, which is an irritant.
This medicine is flammable. For this reason, you must not smoke or go near an open flame while applying the treatment or immediately after doing so.
What to do in case of a Warticon-related accident
Do not apply Warticon to healthy areas of skin that surround your warts. If healthy skin does come into contact with this treatment, wash it off straight away with soap and water.
Warticon must not be applied internally to the penis, vagina or rectum. Do not swallow this treatment and take care to avoid contact with the eyes. Wash your hands thoroughly before and after applying it.
Always read the patient information leaflet for comprehensive information on warnings and drug interactions you should be aware of while using this medicine. If you have any questions or concerns at all, please do not hesitate to speak to your doctor or pharmacist about them.
Pregnancy and breastfeeding
You are not advised to use this medication if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
You should not have sex while using Warticon. If you do have sex, you should use a condom. Make sure your doctor or pharmacist is aware if you are already pregnant or are trying to get pregnant.
If you become pregnant during treatment, speak to your doctor or pharmacist as soon as you can.
Please refer to the patient information leaflet for full details on why Warticon may not be suitable for you to use. If you are not sure if it is suitable for you, please speak to your doctor or pharmacist.
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Warticon Solution Ingredients
Warticon contains the active ingredient podophyllotoxin 0.5% w/v.
The following inactive ingredients are also contained in this medicine: phosphoric acid, ethanol, Patent Blue V (E131) and purified water.
Talk to your doctor or pharmacist before you start using this medicine if you are allergic to any of the substances listed here.
Updated on: 04/06/2021
This content has been written by our Superintendent Pharmacist Hussain Abdeh and has been medically reviewed by our Pharmacist Sonia Khan
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