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Warticon is a cream that can help treat genital warts. It is suitable for treating small warts in the early stages of the infection, before the warts have spread over a larger area.
Warticon is a branded medication that contains the active ingredient podophyllotoxin. One gram of Warticon cream contains 1.5 milligrams of podophyllotoxin, a natural plant extract.
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Warticon contains podophyllotoxin which is a plant extract. It’s an antiviral medicine that works to fight viral infections, such as the human papillomavirus (HPV) that causes genital warts.
Warticon cream is a topical treatment, which means that you apply it directly on to the skin, rather than taking it as a tablet.
Warticon cream can be used to treat genital warts present on the penis or the vagina. You can get genital warts from skin to skin contact when having sex, from sharing sex toys, and sometimes from oral sex.
It’s important to avoid sexual activity whilst you have genital warts and are using Warticon cream. Using condoms can also help prevent the spread of genital warts and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs).
To take Warticon cream:
- First, wash the affected skin with soap and water and gently pat it dry using a clean towel.
- Using your fingertip, apply the Warticon cream onto each genital wart so it covers the wart and not the healthy skin.
- Rub the cream into the wart. If any cream gets onto healthy skin, wash it off with soap and water.
- Wash your hands and screw the lid back onto the tube of Warticon cream.
- For 3 days in a row, you should use Warticon cream twice a day, once in the morning and once in the evening.
- Do not apply more cream for the next 4 days.
- If after 7 days you still have genital warts showing, repeat the 3 day treatment again. You can do the treatment a maximum of 4 times.
- If after 4 treatment rounds you still have warts, please get in touch with your doctor.
You may experience mild skin irritation on the affected area where you apply the cream, but this shows that the treatment is working.
Do not apply Warticon cream to genital warts that are on the inside of the penis, vagina or rectum. You must only apply Warticon cream to external warts.
If you use too much Warticon cream, wash the cream from the area of skin and contact your doctor straight away.
If you forget to apply your Warticon cream, apply it as soon as you remember. If it is nearly time for your next dose then do not apply more to make up for the missed dose.
It is important you do not take a double dose of Warticon cream.
Warticon is an antiviral treatment that works to directly fight the virus that causes genital warts.
Rather than taking a tablet to get rid of warts, Warticon is a cream you apply directly to the affected area on the skin. This means that you only need to use a limited amount to treat warts and you’ll get fewer side effects compared to taking tablets.
Warticon is an effective treatment that helps clear up warts within a few days of starting. If they do not go away, you can repeat the treatment 3 more times. After 4 rounds of treatment, if you still have genital warts then please see a doctor.
Common side effects of Warticon include:
- burning sensation
- wearing away of the top layers of skin
Other side effects of Warticon include:
- allergic reaction
If you experience serious side effects such as bleeding, severe burning, itching or pain, then stop using Warticon cream. If they persist then go to see a doctor straight away.
For a full list of the side effects of Warticon, please read the patient information leaflet that comes with your Warticon cream.
Most people can use Warticon cream to treat genital warts.
Do not use Warticon if you:
- are allergic to any of the ingredients
- have warts on areas of broken, damaged, or bleeding skin
- are using another medication containing podophyllotoxin
Speak to your doctor before using Warticon if:
- your warts cover an area bigger than 4cm
- you’re pregnant or are trying to get pregnant
- you’re breastfeeding
For more information, you can read the patient information leaflet that comes with your Warticon cream. If you’re not sure whether you can use Warticon, talk to a doctor or a healthcare professional.
Tell your doctor if you are taking or have recently taken any other medication. Some other medications may interact with how Warticon works but this is unlikely.
If Warticon cream is not right for you, there are alternative topical gels and creams that can be used to treat genital warts. Some of these include:
Speak to your doctor if you want to try an alternative genital warts treatment. Then, you can order this treatment with ZAVA and we can deliver it discreetly to your doorstep.
The active ingredient in Warticon is a spindle inhibitor, a toxic substance which naturally occurs in the roots and rhizomes of the Podophyllum plant, which can be found in parts of Asia and North America. It inhibits the division of cells and thus prevents the warts from growing and spreading. Over the course of several treatment cycles, the warts should clear up.
Dr Babak Ashrafi Clinical Lead for Service Expansion
Accreditations: BSc, MBBS, MRCGP (2008)
Babak studied medicine at King’s College London and graduated in 2003, having also gained a bachelor’s degree in Physiology during his time there. He completed his general practice (GP) training in East London, where he worked for a number of years as a partner at a large inner-city GP practice. He completed the Royal College of GPs membership exam in 2007.Meet our doctors
Last reviewed: 17 Feb 2022
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