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Warticon Wart Treatment Cream (Podophyllotoxin)

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Warticon - Prescription Genital Warts Treatment

Warticon is a topical treatment prescribed for genital warts (chiefly small lumps) caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV). Available as a topical cream or a solution, it is applied to the affected area (on or around the penis, or around the vagina). The active ingredient is a strong antiviral plant extract called podophyllotoxin, which attacks and eradicates the HPV causing the wart cells to die, allowing new healthy tissue to replace them within weeks.

Warticon is a potent topical application and is a prescription-only medicine (POM) in the UK. You can buy Warticon cream or solution from The Independent Pharmacy by completing a short online consultation for one of our expert medical team to ensure it is the most suitable treatment for you.

Warticon - Important Information

  • Age: 18 years +

    Maximum per order: 3

  • Pregnancy: Not suitable

    Breastfeeding: Not suitable

How Warticon works

Warticon is a topical treatment that applied directly to genital warts on and around the genitals. Because genital warts are not only caused by the HPV but also kept alive by it, the active ingredient doesn't attack the wart tissue directly (which wouldn't ultimately prove effective) but instead attacks the HPV itself. With the virus unable to divide and spread, the symptoms subside and the warts die. Over time, the wart tissue falls away, and healthy tissue grows in its place.

 

Choosing Warticon cream or solution

Warticon cream or solution is a suitable treatment option for confirmed genital warts that appear on the external skin of the penis, vagina, or surrounding area of the groin. Warticon is not licensed for the treatment of warts that appear around the anus.

The solution is more frequently recommended for men due to the nature and position of their genitals, with the cream more often recommended for women, but you may choose otherwise if you wish - there are no significant differences in cure rates between the two options - Warticon cream and solution are similarly effective.

Warticon cream is a white cream that soaks in on application. Warticon solution is a blue solution that may cause the area of application to become blue during treatment.

 

When you can expect results

If you follow the recommended course of treatment (two applications per day, 12 hours apart, for three consecutive days of each week), genital warts treated with Warticon should be fully eliminated within four to five weeks. If the warts have not cleared at this point, you should see your doctor or sexual health clinic for further treatment options, such as cryotherapy.

 

What the product includes

Depending on the formulation you select, Warticon is provided as a 5g tube of white cream or a 3ml container of blue solution. The solution can be slightly more challenging to apply and thus requires the use of a small applicator which is included with the treatment. Only a very small amount of treatment is required because of the potency and the limited area of treatment (individual warts or small wart clusters) - one box of either type is enough for four weeks of treatment.

The medicine will contain a patient information leaflet (PIL) confirming the application instructions and diagrams for the treatment, so be sure to consult it if you're unsure exactly how you're supposed to be using the medicine. Additionally, keep it with or around the tube or container so it's readily available in the unlikely event of a medical emergency.

Upon receipt of the product, adhere to standard medical storage practice: keep it away from direct heat and light (a dry, cool area is ideal), and ensure that it is inaccessible to children. There are otherwise no special storage conditions for either formulation.

 

About the supply chain

Warticon is a registered trademark of Stiefel Laboratories, owned by GlaxoSmithKline.

The cream formulation of Warticon is manufactured by Stiefel directly from premises in Ireland, while the solution formulation is manufactured on behalf of Stiefel by Famar from a production facility in the Netherlands.

 

Alternatives to Warticon

Other topical treatments include Aldara, Condyline, and Wartec. Condyline also contains podophyllotoxin and is an equivalent treatment to Warticon solution. Aldara contains imiquimod, a drug that stimulates the immune system to fight HPV and therefore destroy genital warts. Aldara has is a more expensive treatment option, however, warts treated with Aldara are less likely to return than those treated with Warticon or Condyline. 

Aside from topical treatments, you can also seek physical removal of the warts through surgery (burning them away or slicing them off using a blade or a laser) or freezing (killing the tissue so it eventually falls off). This may be necessary if you have a large number of warts, topical treatment is not suitable or it has not been effective. Your GP or sexual health clinic can advise you if this is the case.

 

Sources

*Prescription medicines are supplied subject to a medical consultation at the discretion of a doctor.

Directions

To ensure maximum effectiveness, Warticon must be applied in treatment cycles. When your course of treatment commences, you’ll need to apply it twice each day (with a 12-hour gap between the applications) for three consecutive days, then cease treatment for the following four days. That 7-day period (three days of treatment followed by four days of rest) constitutes one cycle - you may safely use Warticon for four to five consecutive cycles if needed.

Whilst using Warticon, you should use non-latex condoms when having sex to prevent the spread of HPV and to stop passing the treatment on to your partner, which may cause irritation. 

Never apply Warticon to broken, raw, or bleeding skin and ensure you only apply treatment directly to genital warts - avoid the healthy skin surrounding them.

 

How to apply Warticon Cream

  • Wash all affected areas with soap and water, then dry them with a clean towel.
  • Using a fingertip, apply just enough cream to cover each wart.
  • Rub the cream in, carefully avoiding contact with healthy skin (wash away any excess).
  • Wash your hands thoroughly.

 

How to apply Warticon Solution

  • Wash all affected areas with soap and water, then dry them with a clean towel.
  • Use a fresh applicator.
  • Dip the ‘Loop’ end of the applicator into the solution. If you have a large wart (up to the size of a postage stamp) or lots of warts in a small area, dip the ‘Spatula’ end of the applicator into the solution.
  • Apply the solution to each wart until it is covered, carefully avoiding contact with healthy skin (wash away any excess).
  • Allow the treated areas to fully dry.
  • Make sure you screw the lid back on tightly.
  • Wash your hands thoroughly.

As ever, you can consult the patient information leaflets for assistance - they will contain informative diagrams that may help you during the application.

Side effects

Warticon has been known to cause localised side effects when applied. Through not particularly common, they can include:

  • Worn-away skin layers.
  • Redness.
  • Itching.
  • A burning sensation.

Those side effects are no cause for concern and can simply be endured while continuing treatment. If you experience any of the following side effects, however, you should immediately stop your course of treatment and consult your doctor: 

  • A severe burning sensation.
  • Stinging.
  • Pain.
  • Bleeding.
  • Itching.
  • Swelling.

Warticon is provided with a comprehensive patient information leaflet that details all known side effects, so if you experience a problem we haven't mentioned, be sure to check your leaflet for additional context and information before contacting your doctor.

Ingredients

Warticon cream contains the active ingredient of podophyllotoxin in a 0.15% concentration (0.15mg of podophyllotoxin per gram of cream). The following ingredients make up the rest:

  • Purified water, methyl parahydroxybenzoate (E218), propylparahydroxybenzoate (E216), sorbic acid, phosphoric acid, stearyl alcohol, cetyl alcohol, isopropyl myristate, liquid paraffin, trigylcerides - medium chain, butyl hydroxyanisole (E320), macrogol - 7 stearyl ether, macrogol - 10 stearyl ether.

Warticon solution consists of a 0.5% concentration of podophyllotoxin in an alcoholic base.

Warnings

Warticon is not a suitable treatment for you if:

  • You are allergic to podophyllotoxin or any of the other ingredients.
  • The skin around or covering your wart (or warts) is damaged, broken or bleeding.
  • You have warts covering an area greater than 4cm squared (around the size of a postage stamp).
  • You are pregnant or breastfeeding.

While using Warticon, be sure to avoid the following:

  • Using the application on healthy skin.
  • Getting the application in your eyes or mouth.
  • Using the application on the inside of the vagina, penis or rectum.
  • Covering any treated areas with plasters or dressings.

Delivery & Shipping Information

 

UK Orders

We offer FREE standard tracked delivery on orders over £40.

The following delivery options are available:

  • Standard Tracked Delivery - 2/3 day delivery - £2.95
  • Express Tracked Delivery - 1/2 day delivery - £4.45
  • DPD Next Day - 1 working day - £6.95
  • Special Delivery (Guaranteed before 1pm) - £8.95
  • Saturday Guaranteed before 1pm - £10.45

Important Delivery Information

All our orders are sent out using Royal Mail (unless stated). We always aim to dispatch all Royal Mail orders received before 4pm the same working day. Any orders received after 4pm or over the weekend will be dispatched the next working day. We aim to dispatch all DPD orders placed before 3pm on the same working day. Orders will not be dispatched on weekends or bank holidays.

All orders are subject to approval by our team of doctors and pharmacists. Your delivery date in the checkout is subject to your consultation being approved by our healthcare team.

All orders can be fully tracked from your dispatch email and in your account.

We ensure all parcels are in plain packaging for discreet delivery of your medicines and pharmacy goods.

Deliveries containing pharmacy-only or prescription medicines may require a signature on receipt. 

Delivery is free for all NHS prescriptions.

 

Royal Mail

Royal Mail are the most widely recognised mail delivery company in the UK. Being on the UK’s 29 million doorsteps six days a week means they offer unparalleled price and convenience. The Independent Pharmacy uses Royal Mail’s Tracked 48, Tracked 24, and Special Delivery Guaranteed parcel services to offer reliable, fully-tracked delivery at very competitive prices. Your Royal Mail parcel will arrive with your normal daily delivery of post.

Please note: Royal Mail do not deliver on Sundays or Bank Holidays - this should be taken into account when ordering. 

If you are not home to accept your delivery, a card should be left by the Royal Mail representative. This card will provide details of where you can collect the order or how to arrange re-delivery.

Should you be unable to collect your missed delivery or arrange for your medication to be redelivered by Royal Mail, the pharmacy can resend your medication to the same, or a different address provided it has been returned to us and this happens within a 30 day window.

Once a package has been shipped with Royal Mail we advise that you are bound to the terms and conditions of their use together with the terms and conditions contained herein.

You have the right to cancel your order up to the point when your treatment is dispatched. The pharmacist must destroy any medication within 30 days of it being returned, even un-opened boxes, so we are not able to offer refunds once your treatment has been dispatched.

 

DPD

DPD Local is the most innovative parcel carrier around. Thanks to their industry-leading Predict service, they provide parcel recipients with a one hour delivery window, notified by email, so you don't have to wait in all day. What's more, it enables receivers to watch the progress of their delivery on a real-time map, all the way down to a final 15 minute time-slot. 

As well as keeping customers informed at every stage of the journey, DPD believe in maximising choice and convenience. That's why DPD provide access to a suite of options both on the day of delivery and the night before, allowing customers to take delivery of their goods in a way that suits. If you wish to reschedule, you can:

  • Select an alternative delivery date
  • Opt for delivery to a nominated neighbour
  • Have the parcel left in a specified safe place
  • Collect the parcel from your local DPD Pickup Shop
  • Upgrade delivery to By 12

Please note: DPD do not deliver on Saturdays, Sundays or Bank Holidays - this should be taken into account when ordering. 

Once a package has been shipped with DPD we advise that you are bound to the terms and conditions of their use together with the terms and conditions contained herein.

You have the right to cancel your order up to the point when your treatment is dispatched. The pharmacist must destroy any medication within 30 days of it being returned, even un-opened boxes, so we are not able to offer refunds once your treatment has been dispatched.

 

Forwarding houses

We are unable to ship orders to mailing or forwarding houses for onwards shipping to locations outside of the UK.

 

BFPO Postcodes

Unfortunately we are unable to deliver medicines to BFPO postcodes.

 

Remote Areas

Please be aware that Royal Mail Guaranteed services are not available to all customers in the UK, especially those that live in remote postcodes. Royal Mail advise customers of the following:

We deliver by 5.30pm the next working day in the following postcode areas:
AB30 - 39, 41 - 45, 51 - 56
GY9 Alderney (Channel Islands)
HS1, 3 - 9
IV21 - 28, 40 - 49, 51 - 56
KA27, 28
KW1 - 3, 5 - 15
KW16 Stromness Town only
PA20 (0&9)
PA28 - 38, 41 - 49, 76, 77
PH15, 17 - 26, 31 - 40, 49, 50
ZE1

 

We deliver within two working days by 5.30pm to the following postcodes areas:
GY1 Herm (Channel Islands)
GY9 Sark (Channel Islands)
GY10
HS2
PA60 - 75, 78
ZE2, 3

 

We deliver within three working days by 5.30pm to the following postcode areas:
KW16 - non-Town
KW17
PH30, 41 - 44

 

Please note: This applies to our 'Special Delivery' and 'Saturday Guaranteed' services.

 

International Orders

We are currently unable to ship orders outside of the UK.

We are unable to ship orders to mailing or forwarding houses for onwards shipping to locations outside of the UK.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Can Warticon cause irritation?

    Yes, Warticon can cause irritation in the treated area, most commonly when used for the first time. It is not typically serious and should quickly subside. Should your symptoms become more severe, you should immediately consult your doctor.

  • Can I use other wart treatments with Warticon?

    No, you should only use one treatment for genital warts at a time. Furthermore, do not apply generic wart treatments to genital warts, regardless of the circumstances — they’re likely to aggravate the skin and may even leave scars after use.

  • Does using Warticon affect contraceptives?

    Warticon does not weaken latex condoms or affect the contraceptive pill in any way, but it’s immaterial because you should refrain from having sex while treating genital warts. Not only does the affected area need to heal, but it’s simply not worth the risk of viral transmission.

  • Is it safe to have sex while using Warticon?

    No. Even condoms are only around 70% effective at preventing the spread of HPV, plus you can infect someone from the skin around your genitals — a particularly significant risk when that skin is damaged. Even if your warts are gone, you may still be infected. Confirm that you are virus-free before you resume sexual activity.

  • Does drinking alcohol affect Warticon?

    No, drinking alcohol will not affect Warticon. Your immune system plays an important role in fighting the HPV infection, though, and excessive alcohol consumption can lower your immune system, making your genital warts much harder to eradicate.

  • What if Warticon doesn't work?

    If Warticon doesn't work, you can try other treatments such as Aldara, which contains Imiquimod and stimulates your immune system to help fight the HPV infection. Alternatively, your GP or local sexual health clinic can offer treatments such as cryotherapy (freezing) or excision (cutting the warts off) if necessary.

  • If I stop using Warticon, will my genital warts return?

    It’s possible to have multiple bouts of genital warts in your life, whether resulting from the same infection or multiple infections, so it’s essentially impossible to say that you’ll never get warts again. That said, if you complete your course of treatment and successfully deal with the HPV, you should be safe for the time being — and if warts do eventually reappear, you can of course use Warticon as an effective treatment once again.

  • Is Warticon only effective for warts on the genitals?

    Yes, Warticon should only be used to treat external genital warts, and is only licensed for that use. Furthermore, it should not be used to treat anal warts — Aldara cream is licensed for that issue and should be used instead. If you are suffering with internal genital warts, or anal warts, you’ll need a medical consultation to confirm the best treatment.

  • Can Warticon make warts worse or cause a blister reaction?

    While it can cause some discomfort, Warticon should not make your warts worse. As it attacks the warts, they can start looking like blisters, but this is purely a visual resemblance and is no cause for concern. If you have any adverse swelling or suffer an unexpected skin reaction, inform your doctor immediately.

  • Does Warticon turn warts white?

    During the course of treatment, Warticon’s reaction with your warts may cause them to turn pale or even white before they peel away and leave healthy skin. This is no cause for concern.

  • Can Warticon be used on other parts of the body?

    No, Warticon is specifically designed to treat genital warts. There are other wart treatments designed for other areas of the body — a medical consultation can provide further information.

  • Does Warticon treatment leave scars?

    It can, but doesn’t always — it largely depends on the severity of the treated warts. If you treat very severe warts, you may be left with small white marks in the area following conclusion of your treatment, but rest assured that the scarring is much worse when warts are left untreated.

  • Can Warticon be used for the treatment of skin tags?

    Skin tags are not caused by viruses, so Warticon (a fundamentally antiviral application) is not a recommended treatment. To treat skin tags, you should pursue treatments such as laser therapy.

  • Can I use Warticon while pregnant or breastfeeding?

    There is limited data to suggest that Warticon can be safely used while pregnant or breastfeeding, so we recommend that you do not use it in such circumstances.

  • Can Warticon be used to treat verrucas?

    No, verrucas and warts are entirely different types of skin growth. You’ll need to seek out a dedicated verruca treatment.

  • Is Warticon suitable for treatment of Molluscum Contagiosum?

    No. Additionally, this condition can usually be left to heal on its own. If it doesn’t, it’s best to consult a doctor to identify next steps.

  • Is Warticon meant to be blue?

    If you’ve selected the Warticon solution, then yes — it is intended to be blue, and can thus cause some temporary staining in the treated skin. If you’ve selected the cream, then no — it is intended to be white, and leaves no staining once absorbed by the skin.

Authored By:

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Scott McDougall

MPharm

Published on: 08-01-2017

Last modified on: 08-01-2017

Reviewed By:

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Dr Donald Grant

MB ChB DRCOG MRCGP Dip.orth.med

Reviewed on: 08-01-2017

Next review date: 08-01-2019


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