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 Solution?
Warticon Solution is a topical treatment for 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. Warticon solution should be applied twice a day and can generally eliminate genital warts in between four and five weeks.
To buy Warticon Solution, you must have been prescribed it. It is also available as a cream.
What is Warticon Solution used to treat?
Warticon can be used as a genital warts 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.
How does Warticon solution work?
Warticon Solution is used specifically for 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 human papillomavirus (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.
Warticon Cream or Solution?
Both the cream and solution versions of Warticon can provide very effective treatment for genital warts. Warticon Cream is white and soaks in when applied to the skin. In contrast, the solution is blue and may make the site of application blue while using it.
However, the solution is more likely to be recommended for men. It comes with a spatula and may be easier to apply to the male genitals. Similarly, the cream is usually recommended for women as they may find it easier to apply.
One version of the medicine will not cure genital warts at a significantly faster rate than the other, so the choice as to which you use is yours.
How to use Warticon Solution
Warticon Solution should be applied twice a day every 12 hours, once in the morning and once in the evening.
Use Warticon Solution twice a day for three days. After this, you should not apply it for four days; this seven-day period is one treatment cycle. If required, Warticon can be used for four consecutive cycles.
You can apply a maximum of four courses of treatment.
How to apply:
- Wash the affected area with soap and water. Dry the skin with a clean towel.
- Use a new applicator each time you apply the solution.
- Dip the ‘loop’ end of the applicator into the solution. If you are treating one large wart or a cluster of warts in a small area, you should dip the ‘spatula’ end into the solution.
- Apply Warticon Solution to a wart until it is just covered. Allow to dry.
- Repeat steps 3 and 4 for each wart. Make sure the solution has dried before any other skin touches the affected area.
- Wash your hands with soap and water after each application.
- Screw the lid on tightly after use.
Read the patient information leaflet for full instructions.
Always use Warticon Solution exactly as your doctor has told you.
Do not get the solution onto healthy areas of skin. If this happens, wash it off immediately with soap and water.
Who can use Warticon Solution?
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
- 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. It should not be applied inside the penis or vagina.
Can you buy Warticon Solution over the counter?
No, Warticon Solution is a prescription-only medicine and cannot be bought unless prescribed by a medical professional.
Can you buy Warticon Solution online in the UK?
To buy Warticon Solution online, you should only order from regulated pharmacies like Medicine Direct. This will guarantee that you are ordering a genuine and safe version of the medication you require.
Before you can order Warticon Solution from our website, you must first complete an online consultation form. This involves answering some questions about your medical history and condition, which will then be reviewed by one of our prescribers to make sure Warticon Solution is suitable for you.
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Alternatives to Warticon
There are various treatments available to buy from Medicine Direct which can also treat genital warts. Warticon Cream can also be bought from our online pharmacy. This medicine contains the same active ingredient as the solution, but may be more suitable for women.
Condyline is another topical solution available from Medicine Direct, which provides effective relief from genital warts.
Aldara Cream 5% is also an effective treatment when treating genital warts which is available to buy from Medicine Direct.
Warticon Solution Indications and Dose
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
The main active ingredient within this medicine is: Podophyllotoxin
For a full list of the inactive ingredients, please read the Summary of Product Characteristics
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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