Warticon

PodophylloToxin

Warticon is one the most recognisable genital warts treatments on the market. It is manufactured by GlaxoSmithKline and is available as a solution, or a cream.

 

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Description

Warticon is one of the leading available medications for genital warts. It is marketed by GlaxoSmithKline, one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world. You can buy Warticon in the UK as a cream, or as a solution. The product is an antiviral, containing a compound called podophyllotoxin, which fights the human papillomavirus to tackle warts at their root cause.

  1. Widely-known treatment for genital warts
  2. Choose from a cream or a solution
  3. Non-invasive 3 day a week dose

HPV is transferred through skin-to-skin contact with the affected area; most typically vaginal or anal sex, and sometimes through non-penetrative genital-to-genital touch. The condition can also be shared between sexual partners through the use of sex toys. Once the virus is present in a person’s body, it is not curable. However, in the majority of instances, the immune system will eventually rid the body of the virus on its own.

Although it is not as commonly known as other STIs such as chlamydia or gonorrhoea, HPV affects a substantial number of people in the UK on an annual basis. There were around 70,000 new cases of genital warts reported in the UK in 2015. Furthermore, as the virus can sometimes be asymptomatic, the number of those infected with HPV may be much higher.

During periods of activity, genital warts can be treated with antiviral medicine, such as Warticon. The active ingredient in this particular medication works by limiting the spread of the virus in the body. It does this by breaching wart cells and preventing them from dividing and multiplying. This process then results in wart cells dying and the regeneration of healthy skin cells.

You cannot purchase Warticon treatment from our online pharmacy. If you need treatment for genital warts, please contact your doctor or attend a sexual health clinic.

Active Ingredient

The main component of Warticon is a chemical agent called podophyllotoxin. This is an antiviral element which can be found in the podophyllum plant, but can also be formulated synthetically using alcoholic substances.

When treating HPV, this substance works by entering the tissue of genital warts and interfering with the division of cells. This stops the generation of active wart cells and causes those which are latent to expire. After this process has taken place, new healthy skin tissue develops in the space previously occupied by the wart(s).

Page last reviewed:  Tuesday, Jul 04 2017
Directions

Directions

Always follow the instructions provided by your prescriber, as well as those outlined in the patient information documentation. Deviating from these may reduce the efficacy of the treatment, or increase the risk of adverse reactions.

  1. Ensure the area of application is clean and gently dried.

For Warticon Solution:

  1. Each time you apply Warticon, ensure you use a fresh applicator.
  2. Administer by dipping the loop of the applicator into the solution, and transferring the solution to the wart.
  3. Employ the spatula end of the applicator when tending to a large wart or a large cluster of smaller warts.
  4. Once you have covered the wart(s) and have completed application, let the solution dry.

For Warticon Cream:

Carefully apply the cream to each wart with your fingertip.

For both:

  1. Repeat the process as prescribed by your doctor. A one-week course will typically be one dose twice daily for three consecutive days, followed by four days off.
  2. A doctor may advise you to repeat the course the following week or for a period of up to four weeks if your symptoms do not clear up.
  3. Do not let the solution or the cream come into contact with healthy skin. If this happens, wash the area with soap and warm water.
  4. In the event that the solution or cream comes into contact with your eyes or mouth, rinse immediately and seek medical advice. Similarly, if you swallow Warticon go directly to your nearest hospital.

These instructions are only intended as a preliminary guide. You should always adhere to the directions provided by your doctor.

Download Warticon Solution patient information leaflet

Download Warticon Cream patient information leaflet

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Side effects & Warnings

Side effects

As with any medication, Warticon may cause side effects in a minority of cases.

Common (1 in 10 people or more):
Skin irritation, burning, itching or redness.

Frequency unknown:
Pain, swelling, bleeding, allergic reactions, weeping, ulcerations, scabs or blisters.

This is not a full account of the side effects this medicine may cause. For a complete list, please read the patient information provided before first use, and contact your nearest doctor or hospital if you experience any of the above or anything unusual.

Warnings

Taking it with other medicines

Warticon is not known to interact with or reduce the efficacy of other medications, but it is still important to inform your prescriber of any other prescription, non-prescription or remedial treatments you are currently using, or have recently used, so that they can more accurately determine whether this medicine is safe for you. Never use more than one product for genital warts at any one time.

Conditions to look out for

Disclose your medical history to your prescriber during consultation.

Pregnancy and breastfeeding

This treatment is not recommended for use by pregnant women. You should use a reliable method of contraception during your course of Warticon. If you do become pregnant when using this product you, should speak to your doctor. 

Breastfeeding is also not advised when using Warticon. Discuss any concerns with your doctor.

 

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Please read the ‘what you need to know’ section in the patient information leaflet for , fully before use.
Q&A

Our Warticon solution forum

Can I still drink alcohol?

Yes. But you should ensure you only ever drink in sensible amounts so that administration is not interrupted.

Will I still be able to drive?

If you experience no side effects, yes. However, you should not drive if you notice any sensations which may inhibit your ability to do so safely.

Can I take the medicine while pregnant?

Using this treatment while pregnant may harm your baby, and is not recommended. Speak to your doctor about alternative treatments if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

How should I store it?

Keep your medicine in a safe, dry place, below 30 degrees and away from excessive sunlight. Fasten the lid on the solution or cream securely after use.

Am I allergic to anything in the medicine?

Warticon solution contains podophyllotoxin, phosphoric acid, ethanol, Patent Blue V (E131) and purified water.

Warticon Cream contains podophyllotoxin, purified water, methyl parahydroxybenzoate (E218), propyl parahydroxybenzoate (E216), sorbic acid, phosphoric acid, stearyl alcohol, cetyl alcohol, isopropyl myristate, liquid paraffin, triglycerides – medium chain, butyl hydroxyanisole (E320), macrogol – 7 stearyl ether and macrogol – 10 stearyl ether.

If you are allergic to any of the above, do not use this treatment.

Is it available over-the-counter?

No. You can only buy Warticon in the UK with a prescription from a doctor.

Is it right for me?

If you want to know if Warticon is a suitable treatment for your symptoms, you should attend your doctor’s surgery or a GUM clinic. They are equipped to assess your condition and prescribe the most suitable form of treatment.

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