What is Condyline?
Condyline is a prescription medication used to treat genital warts in men and women. Genital warts are caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV) which is transmitted through sexual contact with an infected partner. Condyline cannot cure HPV, but it can treat the warts.
Condyline is an alcohol based solution that contains the active ingredient podophyllotoxin in a 0.5% concentration. Podophyllotoxin is a plant extract and a potent natural antiviral medicine. You can apply Condyline directly to any genital warts that require treatment using the special applicator that comes with the medication. Condyline attacks the HPV virus in the warts, killing the viral cells and allowing them to be replaced with healthy tissue.
What is the active ingredient of Condyline?
The active ingredient of Condyline is a plant extract called podophyllotoxin, a powerful natural antiviral drug. It is present in Condyline solution in a 0.5% concentration. You apply the medication directly to any genital warts that require treatment and the podophyllotoxin targets the HPV virus in the warts.
How does Condyline work?
Genital warts are caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV) a sexually transmitted infection affecting both men and women. There is no cure for HPV, but it is possible to treat the genital warts that it causes. Condyline is a liquid solution that contains a 0.5% concentration of a plant extract called podophyllotoxin. This is a potent natural antiviral medicine that attacks the HPV inside your genital warts.
You apply Condyline directly to your genital warts in a series of treatment cycles. Typically, this involves three days of morning and evening applications, followed by a four day break. Condyline comes with a special plastic applicator for ease of use. If your prescription is approved, your online GP will give you precise individual instructions about how to use Condyline.
Who can use Condyline?
Our online GPs are usually able to consider prescribing Condyline to adult patients with genital warts, providing that there are no prior health issues. If you are allergic to podophyllotoxin, or are already using a medication that contains podophyllotoxin, you cannot use Condyline. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, you will also be unable to use Condyline.
Condyline is designed for self-application using the plastic applicator provided with the medication. It is important to apply the solution precisely, covering individual warts, but not the surrounding healthy skin. It is also important not to apply Condyline to any mucus membranes or internal genitalia. You should consider your ability to apply the medication safely, and whether you may need help to use it.
What doses of Condyline are available?
Condyline is a liquid medication that contains a standard 0.5% dosage of the active ingredient podophyllotoxin. It is applied in a regular series of treatment courses until either your warts are gone or the safe treatment limit has been reached.
If your prescription for Condyline is approved, your online GP will give you precise individual instructions for use. A typical treatment regime is:
Days 1, 2, and 3.
Apply a thin layer of Condyline to each genital wart selected for treatment. Do this once in the morning and once in the evening.
Days 4, 5, 6 and 7.
Do not apply any Condyline during these four days. They are a compulsory rest period. You will not improve the quality of treatment by continuing to use the medication and may injure yourself by doing so.
If any genital warts remain, this cycle of treatment may be repeated a maximum of 5 times. Your online GP will set safe limits for you.
How do I use Condyline?
If your Condyline prescription is approved, your online GP will tell you exactly how to use the medication based on your personal health requirements. Generally, patients apply a thin layer of Condyline to each genital wart that requires treatment. This is done once every morning and evening for three days. There is then a complete break from treatment for the next four days. If the genital warts are still there, the same course of treatment may be repeated, up to a maximum of 5 times. Your online GP will give you precise instructions about extended treatments and will ensure that you use Condyline safely.
Can I use Condyline and drink alcohol?
Our online GPs generally do not recommend drinking alcohol while taking any prescription medicine. Although alcohol will not reduce the efficacy of Condyline, excessive drinking may lower your natural immune system. This could make it harder for your body to defeat the HPV virus that causes genital warts.
What are the side effects of Condyline?
Your Condyline will come with a patient leaflet giving detailed information about the medication, its ingredients, possible side effects, and contraindications. Please read this leaflet carefully before you use Condyline. Keep the leaflet with the medication for future reference.
If you apply Condyline exactly as directed by our online GP you are unlikely to experience any significant unwelcome side effects. A small minority of patients may experience some minor side effects.
Possible side effects of Condyline may include:
- Inflammation of the foreskin and head of the penis.
- Local irritation of the vagina.
- Mild irritation of your warts shortly after applying the solution. This may include itching, burning, pain, redness or ulcers on the skin.
- Although it is unlikely, some people may experience an allergic reaction to the active ingredient podophyllotoxin - this may be severe and painful redness or irritation, or any other unexpected pain.
When should I not take Condyline?
You cannot use Condyline if you are allergic to the active ingredient podophyllotoxin, or if you are currently taking any other medications that contain podophyllotoxin. If you are pregnant, or think that you may be pregnant you will also be unable to use Condyline. If any of the following applies to you, please let us know when you fill in the short online health questionnaire.
- Your gential warts are larger than the approximate size of a postage stamp.
- You are breastfeeding.
Our duty GP will check your health profile and will not write a prescription for Condyline if there is any risk to your health. If there are no health problems, your prescription and order of Condyline will be processed for next day delivery.
Any specific warnings - please mention any medication specific warning if they are
- Genital warts
- Clinical effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of interventions for the treatment of anogenital warts.
- Topical treatment of genital warts in men, an open study of podophyllotoxin cream compared with solution.
- Podophyllotoxin 05% v podophyllin 20% to treat penile warts
- Genital Warts
- Epidemiology of genital warts in the British population: implications for HPV vaccination programmes
The Patient Information Leaflet (PIL) is the leaflet included in the pack with a medicine. It is written for patients and gives information about taking or using a medicine. It is possible that the leaflet in your medicine pack may differ from the PDF-version from this website because it may have been updated since your medicine was packaged or the medicine is from another brand.