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Warticon is a topical prescription treatment used to treat anogenital warts. It contains the active ingredient podophyllotoxin, which works as an anti-mitotic to prevent viral warts cells caused by HPV, from growing. In the end, the warts cell die to be replaced by healthy cells. Warticon is a recommended cream for genital warts, particularly those that appear under the foreskin of the uncircumcised penis or on the shaft of a circumcised penis. In women, genital warts appear on the external parts of the Vagina.
How Effective Is Warticon?
Warticon contains one of the most biologically active components that has been used for centuries due to its medicinal properties. The active ingredient podophyllotoxin also known as podophyllum resin topical is a strong plant extract that falls under a category of anti-virals. This anti-viral (podophyllotoxin) attacks and eradicates HPV, causing Warticon cells to die and a new healthy skin to grow within four to five weeks.
Warticon is a prescription treatment, which can be obtained over the counter or from registered online pharmacies. Therefore should you require assistance, you are welcome to book an appointment with a health expert at Click Pharmacy to discuss how best to use this product.
The medication is available as a 5g tube of white cream or a 3ml container of blue solution. Hence depending on the treatment that is suitable for you/one prescribed by the doctor, you can purchase Warticon online, and it will be sent to you by Next Day Delivery.
What dose should I choose?
Warticon is a prescription-only medication and comes in the form of a solution or a cream. Each of these variants contains a difference in the strength of the active ingredient, which is why it's important to follow the doctor’s prescription when using Warticon. Nonetheless, both the Warticon solution and cream are similarly effective.
Warticon is available as a 5g tube of white cream or a 3ml container of blue solution.
How should I take Warticon
Warticon is a topical treatment and should never be administered through the mouth. One complete treatment course is made up of three consecutive days of each week. For these three days, you should apply the treatment in the morning and evening, ensuring that 12 hours have passed between each application. Do not apply the cream for the next four days but start your next course of treatment after the 4 days have passed. Do this if you have warts remaining after the first seven days of applying the treatment.
How to apply;
Start by washing the affected areas with soap and water. Dry the area with your towel. Do not use another’s to avoid spreading the infection, as warts are contagious. Use the mirror provided in the package to view the area as you apply the treatment. Use a clean fingertip to apply and coat each wart with the cream. Rub the cream gently into the wart, taking extra caution not to get the cream/solution on healthy skin. However, if you do, wash the area with soap and water.
Wash your hands thoroughly and seal back the tube tightly. You do not need a plaster to cover the application site.
How does Warticon work?
Warticon is both an anti-viral as well as an anti-mitotic treatment. When applied, it works by preventing the wart cells from dividing and multiplying, which can worsen the symptoms. Podophyllotoxin which is responsible for fighting the HPV virus itself diminishes the wart cells, and as they die and shed, new cells grow in their place to reveal healthy skin.
How long do I take Warticon for before I notice a difference?
The topical application follows a recommended dosage of two applications per day, ensuring that 12 hours have passed between each application. That is the morning application should be 12 hours apart from the evening application. This is done for three consecutive days each week, and for the next four days, treatment is not applied. This is considered as one complete course of treatment.
In case you have warts after the first seven days of using the treatment, repeat the treatment course.
With proper use, it takes four courses of treatment for warts to be fully eliminated.
However, if you do not see any change or if symptoms worsen at this point, seek further help from your doctor for further treatment options.
What are the side effects of Warticon?
The main side effects of this medication may emerge after the second or third day once you apply the cream. That is, you may experience mild irritation of the areas treated. This shows that the treatment is taking effect.
But there are other common side effects which you may or may not experience, and they include;
Redness, itchiness, wearing away of the outer layer of the skin and a burning sensation on the area the application site.
You may also experience, pain, itching, bleeding, stinging, severe burning or swelling of the treated skin. If ever you experience these effects, wash the medication from the applied area with plenty of water and soap, then contact your doctor immediately.
Some other side effects occur, but cannot be estimated from the available data, and they include; pain, bleeding, swelling and allergic reactions. Loss or damage to the top layer of the skin. Weeping wound, discolouration of the skin, skin ulcers, blisters, dry skin and scab.
Therefore, it is essential that if you experience any of these side effects, including those not mentioned on the leaflet enclosed in the medication, you report this immediately to your doctor.
Warticon may cause irritation if it comes into contacts with your eyes. If this happens, rinse your eyes immediately with plenty of water and seek immediate medical attention from your GP or hospital.
You are also welcome to consult our specialists at Click Pharmacy should you require any further advice.
When shouldn’t I take Warticon?
Do not begin this treatment if you are hypersensitive to podophyllotoxin or any of the other ingredients listed on this product. Do not apply Warticon on bleeding areas or broken and damaged skin. If you are on other medications, whether prescribed or non-prescribed consult your doctor first before using Warticon. Especially if any of the medication you’re taking contains, podophyllotoxin.
If you’re warts are more prominent than an area of 4cm, approximately the size of a postage stamp, seek medical assistance. You may require a doctor’s help, to apply the medication on warts, effectively.
Do not use this medicine on warts around the anus.
Avoid sex during treatment. Rather you should wait until warts have gone and the skin has healed to avoid spreading the infection. However, if you do opt to have sex, use a condom to prevent warts from spreading and also to protect your partner from coming into contact with podophyllotoxin, which can cause them irritation.
The use of Warticon is not recommended for persons under the age of 18 years. Neither should you use the treatment if you are breastfeeding, pregnant, or planning to be pregnant.
What is the difference between Warticon and Aldara/ Condyline?
All are treatments for genital warts. Both Warticon and Condyline contain podophyllotoxin as an active ingredient, while Aldara contains imiquimod. Imiquimod is an ingredient that stimulates your immune system to fight Human Papillomavirus destroying genital warts.
Aldara is an expensive alternative of Warticon and Condyline but warts treated with Aldara are less likely to recur than if treated with Warticon and Condyline.
Always read the patient information leaflet before starting your treatment. The patient information can be found here.
Content reviewed 06 April 2020, Last updated 06 April 2020