What is Warticon Cream?
Warticon Cream is a topical cream for the treatment of genital warts in men and women. It contains a solution of 0.15% podophyllotoxin, an antiviral plant extract that attacks the warts when it is applied to them directly. Warticon Cream is a prescription medicine that must be used exactly as instructed by your online GP. Typically, it is applied twice a day for three days. You will then take a complete break from using the cream for another five days. This treatment cycle can be repeated up to four times if the genital warts remain.
What is the active ingredient of Warticon Cream?
The active ingredient of Warticon Cream is a plant extract called podophyllotoxin, a natural antiviral medicine. Podophyllotoxin is present in Warticon Cream as a 0.15% solution. When the cream is applied directly to genital warts the podophyllotoxin attacks the HPV virus inside the growths.
How does Warticon Cream work?
Genital warts are a sexually transmitted infection that is caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV). Warticon Cream is applied directly to each genital wart that requires treatment and is allowed to dry in place. The active ingredient podophyllotoxin is a natural antiviral medication that attacks the human papillomavirus in the wart. As the wart cells die, they are replaced by healthy tissue within weeks. Warticon cream is applied in a series of treatment cycles, typically twice a day for three days, followed by a four day break. The treatment cycles are repeated as needed (up to a maximum of four treatments).
Who can use Warticon Cream?
Our online GPs are usually able to consider prescribing Warticon Cream to adult patients with genital warts, providing that there are no prior health issues. If you are allergic to podophyllotoxin, or you are already using a medication that contains podophyllotoxin, you cannot use Warticon Cream. If your genital warts are on broken or bleeding skin, or if a wart covers an area (approximately) larger than a postage stamp, the cream may have to be applied by a medical professional.
Pregnancy and Warticon Cream
Warticon Cream is not suitable for pregnant women. If you’re pregnant, think that you may be pregnant, or plan to become pregnant while you require treatment for genital warts, you should tell your online GP when you complete the short health questionnaire.
What doses of Warticon Cream are available?
Warticon Cream contains a standard 0.15% dosage of the antiviral plant extract podophyllotoxin. The a small amount of cream is applied to each genital wart that requires treatment. A specially designed applicator is provided with the cream. If your prescription is approved, your online GP will give you exact individual instructions about how to use Warticon Cream. The standard treatment is to apply a thin layer of cream to each wart in the morning and again in the evening. This is repeated for three days. You then take a complete four day break without cream. This treatment cycle can be repeated as needed up to four times.
How do I use Warticon Cream?
If you are prescribed Warticon Cream, your online GP will give you precise individual instructions regarding its use. The cream is applied to any warts requiring treatment using the special applicator provided with the packaging.
Warticon Treatment Course
Days 1, 2, and 3
Each morning and night: Carefully apply a thin layer of cream to each wart that requires treatment. Avoid putting cream on the surrounding healthy skin.
Days 4, 5. 6. And 7
Do not apply any cream. This is a mandated rest period, you will not improve the quality of your treatment if you do apply Warticon Cream during these four days.
If the warts remain, you can repeat this course of treatment up to four times. If you still have genital warts after four treatments, speak to your online GP.
Can I use Warticon Cream 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 Warticon Cream, excessive drinking may reduce the ability of your body’s immune system. This could make it harder to overcome the HPV virus that causes genital warts.
What are the side effects of Warticon Cream?
Your Warticon Cream 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 apply any Warticon Cream. Keep the leaflet with the medication for future reference.
If you use Warticon Cream 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.
Very common side effects
- Wearing away of the top layers of skin,
- Redness, itching, burning sensation
Other side effects with frequencies that cannot be estimated from the available data include:
- Damage to or loss of the top layer of skin
- Weeping wound or skin ulcer
- Skin discoloration
- Dry skin
These effects can occur on the area of skin where you use the cream.
If you experience any of the following serious side effects, stop using Warticon Cream and seek medical attention:
- Severe burning
- Stinging or pain
- Itching or swelling of the treated skin.
If these symptoms occur, wash Warticon Cream from your skin with soap and water immediately. Contact your doctor as soon as possible.
If you experience serious discomfort we recommend that you go straight to your nearest casualty department. In an emergency dial 999.
When should I not to take Warticon Cream?
You cannot use Warticon Cream 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 Warticon Cream. If any of the following applies to you, it is important to mention it 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 Warticon if there is any risk to your health. If there are no health problems, your prescription and order of Warticon Cream will be processed for next day delivery.
Any specific warnings - please mention any medication specific warning if they are
- Genital Warts
- Epidemiology of genital warts in the British population: implications for HPV vaccination programmes
- 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
- How to use your Warticon solution
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.