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Last Updated 07 Feb 2014

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Warticon 0.15% cream

Warticon (war-tee-kon) is a medicine which is used in treating genital warts. Warticon contains podophyllotoxin. It is supplied by GlaxoSmithKline UK.

The information in this Medicine Guide for Warticon varies according to the condition being treated and the particular preparation used.

There are 3 preparations of Warticon available. If Warticon 0.15% cream is not the preparation you are looking for, please select from the drop down list below.

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Warticon 0.15% cream

Information specific to Warticon 0.15% cream when used in treating genital warts

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Your medicine

Warticon is used in the treatment of genital warts.

Other information about Warticon:

  • this medicine is used twice a day, in the morning and evening (every 12 hours) for three consecutive days and should not be used for the next four days. The three day treatment may be repeated weekly for a total of four weeks treatment. Then your prescriber will decide whether you need to have further treatment

Do not share your medicine with other people. It may not be suitable for them and may harm them.

The pharmacy label on your medicine tells you how much medicine you should use. It also tells you how often you should use your medicine. This is the dose that you and your prescriber have agreed you should use. You should not change the dose of your medicine unless you are told to do so by your prescriber.

If you feel that the medicine is making you unwell or you do not think it is working, then talk to your prescriber.

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When to take your medicine

Some medicines work best if they are taken at a specific time of day. Getting the most from your medicine can also be affected by the times at which you take other medicines.

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How to take your medicine

Some medicines have specific instructions about how to take them. This is because they work better when taken correctly. These instructions can include getting the right dose and special instructions for preparing the medicine.

In the case of Warticon:

  • detailed advice on how to use Warticon can be found in the Patient Information Leaflet that comes with this medicine
  • before you apply Warticon gently clean the affected area with soap and water
  • wash your hands before and after applying your medicine
  • take care not to get Warticon in your eyes
  • take care not to apply the cream to warts on the inside of penis, vagina or rectum
  • avoid applying the cream to healthy skin
  • do not tightly cover or seal the area being treated

If you are having problems taking this form of Warticon, you should talk to your prescriber or pharmacist. They may be able to give you advice on other ways to take your medicine or other preparations that are easier for you to take.

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Taking too much of your medicine

Taking extra doses of some medicines can be harmful. In some cases even one extra dose can cause you problems. If you take extra doses of your medicine, you must get medical advice immediately. This is because the effects of taking too much medicine are very complex so it is very important that you seek medical advice.

Contact your prescriber, pharmacist, specialist clinic or NHS Direct on 0845 46 47 for advice.

Make sure you take all of your medicine containers with you if you are advised to go to hospital.

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Stopping your medicine

Suddenly stopping your medicine may cause your original condition to return. This is why you must speak to your prescriber if you are having any problems using your medicine.

If you are not having any problems taking this medicine then do not stop using it, even if you feel better, unless advised to do so by your prescriber.

If you are in any doubt, contact your prescriber, pharmacist, specialist clinic or NHS Direct on 0845 46 47.

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Looking after your medicine

The instructions on how you should keep your medicine are on the pharmacy label. You should keep your medicine in the original container. This will help to keep your medicine in the best condition and also allow you to check the instructions. Do not take the medicine if the packaging appears to have been tampered with or if the medicine shows any signs of damage. Make sure that the medicine is out of the sight and reach of children.

In the case of Warticon:

  • there are no special instructions on how to look after your medicine

You must not take the medicine after the expiry date shown on the packaging. If you have any unused medicine, return it to your pharmacist who will dispose of it safely.

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Whether this medicine is suitable for you

Warticon is not suitable for everyone and some people should never use it. Other people should only use it with special care. It is important that the person prescribing this medicine knows your full medical history.

Your prescriber may only prescribe this medicine with special care or may not prescribe it at all if you:

Furthermore the prescriber may only prescribe this medicine with special care or may not prescribe it at all for someone who is under the age of 18 years.

Over time it is possible that Warticon can become unsuitable for some people, or they may become unsuitable for it. If at any time it appears that Warticon has become unsuitable, it is important that the prescriber is contacted immediately.

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Side-effects

A medicine is only made available to the public if the clinical trials have shown that the benefits of taking the medicine outweigh the risks.

Once a medicine has been licensed, information on the medicine's effects, both intended and unintended, is continuously recorded and updated.

Some side-effects may be serious while others may only be a mild inconvenience.

Everyone's reaction to a medicine is different. It is difficult to predict which side-effects you will have from taking a particular medicine, or whether you will have any side-effects at all. The important thing is to tell your prescriber or pharmacist if you are having problems with your medicine.

Very common: More than 1 in 10 people who use Warticon:

  • application site problems such as irritation, redness, itching, burning sensation, pain, swelling, bleeding or hypersensitivity reactions - mild irritation may occur on the second or third day of application. Seek medical advice if you experience severe local skin reactions such as bleeding, swelling, excessive pain, burning or itching
  • wearing away of the top layers of skin

The frequency of these side-effects is unknown:

  • allergic reactions - these may be delayed
  • blisters
  • certain types of dermatitis
  • damage to or loss of the top layer of the skin
  • dry skin
  • irritation of the eyes or mucous membranes
  • scab
  • skin colour changes
  • skin ulcers
  • wound secretion

If you feel unwell or if you have concerns about a side-effect, you will need to seek advice. If you feel very ill, get medical help straight away. Contact your prescriber, pharmacist, nurse or call NHS Direct on 0845 46 47.

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Taking other medicines

There are no known important interactions between Warticon and other medicines. If you experience any unusual symptoms while using Warticon and other medicines you should tell your prescriber.

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Complementary preparations and vitamins

Medicines can interact with complementary preparations and vitamins. In general, there is not much information available about interactions between medicines and complementary preparations or vitamins.

If you are planning to take or are already taking any complementary preparations and vitamins you should ask your prescriber whether there are any known interactions with Warticon.

Your prescriber can advise whether it is appropriate for you to take combinations that are known to interact. They can also discuss with you the possible effect that the complementary preparations and vitamins may have on your condition.

If you experience any unusual effects while taking this medicine in combination with complementary preparations and vitamins, you should tell your prescriber.

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Driving and operating machinery

When taking any medicine you should be aware that it might interfere with your ability to drive or operate machinery safely.

Like all medicines Warticon can cause side effects. You should see how this medicine affects you and then judge if you are safe to drive or operate machinery. If you are in any doubt, talk to your prescriber.

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Diet

Medicines can interact with certain foods. In some cases, this may be harmful and your prescriber may advise you to avoid certain foods.

In the case of Warticon:

  • there are no specific foods that you must exclude from your diet when using Warticon
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Alcohol

Alcohol can interact with certain medicines.

In the case of Warticon:

  • there are no known interactions between alcohol and Warticon
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Family planning and pregnancy

Most medicines, in some way, can affect the development of a baby in the womb. The effect on the baby differs between medicines and also depends on the stage of pregnancy that you have reached when you take the medicine.

In the case of Warticon:

  • the use of this medicine during pregnancy is not recommended. If you could become pregnant, you must use effective contraception or abstain from penetrative sex. You must contact your prescriber if you become pregnant, or think you have become pregnant, while using Warticon

This medicine is not suitable during pregnancy. It is very important that you seek urgent medical advice if you become pregnant or think you have become pregnant while taking this medicine.

If you are planning to become pregnant, you should discuss your personal circumstances with your doctor so that together you can make a decision about what treatment you may need during your pregnancy.

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Breast-feeding

Certain medicines can pass into breast milk and may reach your baby through breast-feeding.

In the case of Warticon:

  • women who are using Warticon should not breast-feed

Before you have your baby you should discuss breast-feeding with your doctor or midwife. They will help you decide what is best for you and your baby based on the benefits and risks associated with this medicine. If you wish to breast-feed you should discuss with your prescriber whether there are any other medicines you could take which would also allow you to breast-feed. You should not stop this medicine without taking advice from your doctor.

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Ingredients of your medicine

Medicines contain active ingredients. They may also contain other, additional ingredients that help ensure the stability, safety and effectiveness of the medicine. They are also added to improve the medicine's appearance and to make it easier to use. Some may be used to prolong the life of the medicine.

Warticon contains:

  • butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA) E320
  • cetyl alcohol
  • isopropyl myristate
  • liquid paraffin
  • macrogol - 10 stearyl ether
  • Macrogol –7 stearyl ether
  • medium chain triglycerides
  • methyl parahydroxybenzoate (E218)
  • phosphoric acid
  • propyl parahydroxybenzoate (E216)
  • purified water
  • sorbic acid
  • stearyl alcohol

If you are not able to take any of the ingredients in your medicine, talk to your prescriber or pharmacist to see if they can suggest an alternative medicine. If you have reacted badly to Warticon before, do not use Warticon. Talk to your prescriber, pharmacist or nurse as soon as possible.

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Warticon, Version 9, last updated 07 Feb 2014