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What is Warticon used for?

Warticon is a medicine that is used to treat genital warts, a common sexually transmitted infection (STI).

Genital warts look like small growths of skin that can vary in colour, usually depending on skin tone. Similar to herpes, genital warts are caused by a virus.

You can only use Warticon on external genital warts (warts on the outside of your body). If you have internal warts, talk to your doctor about finding a different treatment.

You can buy Warticon in solution form, or as a cream.

How does Warticon work?

The active ingredient in Warticon is a plant extract called podophyllotoxin. It has useful anti-viral properties. This means it can fight off the virus that causes genital warts.

What does Warticon do to warts?

When you apply Warticon cream or solution directly onto warts, the medicine has a toxic effect on the wart cells. This means that the warts can’t make copies of themselves, so they can’t spread even further.

Once you have started the treatment, the warts will start getting smaller. The wart cells stop making new cells and are replaced by healthy skin cells.

After a few weeks, the warts should eventually disappear.

How effective is Warticon?

A clinical study Trusted source NIHR Evidence Government Source Go to source shows that the active ingredient in Warticon (podophyllotoxin) is successful in clearing warts in over ¾ of people taking it.

That means there is a 75% success rate in treating genital warts.

Warticon vs. other wart treatments

Warticon has the same active ingredient as Condyline, which is another treatment for genital warts.

Another option for treating genital warts is Aldara. This medicine has a different active ingredient called imiquimod.

Read the table below to find out some key differences.

Warticon Condyline Aldara
Active ingredient Podophyllotoxin Podophyllotoxin Imiquimod
How do you take it? warticon warticon warticon warticon
How often do I apply it? Twice a day for 3 days Twice a day for 3 days 3 times per week
Does it require a prescription?
Can it treat genital warts?
Can it treat anal warts?

How do I use Warticon?

You should always follow the advice of your doctor when taking any medication.

You should apply the treatment to the affected area twice a day (morning and evening) for three days.

You should then follow this with a 4-day break. Do not apply any medicine during this time.

If you still notice warts after 7 days, you can repeat the course of medicine. Speak to your doctor if you still have warts after 4 rounds of treatment.

The way you apply this treatment depends on whether you are using the cream or solution.

Warticon Cream

A small mirror is included to help with your application.

  • wash the affected area with soap and water
  • dry the area thoroughly using a clean towel
  • using a fingertip, apply the cream onto the wart(s), making sure it does not come into contact with healthy skin
  • wash your hands after you have finished

Warticon Solution

The solution comes with an applicator. The patient information leaflet (PIL) includes a diagram detailing how to use it.

  • wash the affected area with soap and water
  • dry the area thoroughly using a clean towel
  • for small clusters or separate warts, dip the loop of the applicator into the solution, and for larger warts or clusters, use the spatula end
  • apply the solution until you have covered the area, being careful not to get the solution on any healthy skin
  • allow treated skin to dry completely before letting it touch other skin
  • wash your hands after you have finished

You should avoid touching your eyes or face while applying this treatment.

What if Warticon is not working?

The medicine might take longer than a week for it to work. This doesn’t mean that the treatment isn’t working - you may just need to take Warticon for longer.

If you still have persisting warts, you can repeat the 3-day treatment weekly for up to 4 weeks.

If (after 4 weeks) you still haven’t seen an improvement in your condition, contact your doctor to find another solution.

What precautions should I take?

This medicine should only be used on external warts on the genitals. Do not put this treatment on internal warts.

Take care to avoid getting the solution or cream in contact with healthy skin, as this can cause irritation. If contact does happen, wash the area thoroughly with soap and water.

You should not use this medication if you:

  • are pregnant or breastfeeding
  • allergic to any of the ingredients
  • are using other products containing podophyllotoxin at the same time (such as Condyline)

You should let the doctor know before use if you need to treat an area with 10 or more warts, or an area larger than 4cm in diameter.

Warticon solution is flammable (meaning it can easily be set on fire). It is important to avoid smoking and open flames when you are using or applying the treatment.

What are the common Warticon side effects?

As with all medicines, there is a risk of side effects taking place. However, not everyone will experience them.

The most common side effects include:

Common:
  • Skin irritation (redness)
  • Itching
  • Soreness
  • Inflammation
  • Wearing away of the top layer of skin
  • Burning sensation
  • Dry skin

If you have any worrying side effects from the treatment, such as severe burning, pain, or an allergic reaction, find emergency medical help as soon as possible.

Can I buy Warticon over the counter?

Warticon is a strong medicine that is only available with a prescription.

You must get a doctor’s approval in order to buy the treatment.

Can I buy Warticon online?

You can buy Warticon to treat genital or pubic warts online from euroClinix.

To get your prescription medicine, all you need to do is complete a quick online questionnaire, which will be looked at by one of our qualified doctors.

Once the doctor says the treatment is suitable for you, the medicine will be sent right to your front door with free next-day delivery.

Note: You must complete a short online consultation so that our doctor can ensure that the treatment is suitable for you. The above pricing should only be used as a reference. The final decision to issue this treatment lies with the prescribing doctor.

Medically reviewed by Dr. Anand Abbot MRCGP Written by our editorial team Last reviewed 28-01-2024
Warticon information
Product nameWarticon
Active ingredient(s)Podophyllotoxin
ManufacturerStiefel
Trustpilot rating4.6/5
Trustpilot reviews67
AvailabilityOut of stock
DescriptionWarticon is a prescription cream used to treat genital warts caused by HPV
ExemptionSubject to medical prescription
AdministrationTopical
PresentationTube
Available dosage0.5% 3ml
ApplicationMen and women with small clusters of genital warts
UsageApply to the affected area twice a day for 3 days
Drug classAntivirals
Alcohol consumptionNo influence
When breastfeedingNot recommended, ask your doctor for alternatives
When pregnantNot recommended, ask your doctor for alternatives
Warticon reviews
Warticon® 3ml solution contains podophyllotoxin 0.5% (w/v) Excellent 4.6 67 patients have reviewed Warticon on Trustpilot
09 Jan

Good product.............

John Dean

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