Warticon is a topical cream used to treat genital warts. The cream is applied directly to the warts and helps to stop them from growing and spreading.
Warticon contains the active ingredient podophyllotoxin, a type of plant extract. The white coloured cream is available in 5g or 10g tubes. You only need to apply just enough cream to cover each wart. Most people find that their warts disappear after 4 weeks.
1 x 5 g tube(s) - £36.00
2 x 5 g tube(s) - £61.00
What is Warticon cream?
Warticon cream is used to treat genital warts. Genital warts are an STI which is caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV). There is currently no cure for genital warts, but Warticon will treat the infection if you get it.
Warticon is a brand name. There are alternatives available to Warticon cream, the most similar is Condyline, an alcohol-based solution which contains the same active ingredient as Warticon. Aldara cream can also be prescribed for hard and soft warts, but this contains a different active ingredient called imiquimod.
Warticon is a prescription-only medicine, so is not available over the counter.
How does Warticon cream work?
Warticon cream is applied directly to genital warts. It contains the active ingredient podophyllotoxin which stops the wart cells from growing and spreading. As the wart cells die, new and healthy tissue grows in their place.
If your warts cover an area larger than the size of a postage stamp (approximately 4cm) you should tell your doctor because you may need to have Warticon applied by a doctor or nurse in a clinic.
To find out if you have genital warts, you will need to be seen by a doctor. You can arrange an appointment with your local GP or sexual health clinic. There, you will have a face to face appointment to discuss your symptoms as well as look at the affected area.
You can also use our online consultation service to do this, which does not require a face to face appointment, meaning you do not have to leave the comfort of your own home. The online consultation involves filling out a health questionnaire. As part of this, you will be asked to securely send 2 photos of the area you think may have genital warts.
One of our doctors will review your photos and questionnaire answers, and then message you via your online account with a diagnosis. Our doctors will prescribe your chosen treatment, which you can choose to have delivered to an address of your choice or collected from an ASDA Pharmacy.
There are alternative treatments to Warticon available for genital warts, including:
You will be prescribed the right treatment for your genital warts depending on how they look and where they are. For example, Aldara is better for warts that are near the anus.. It contains a different active ingredient to Warticon and Condyline.
Aldara contains imiquimod which is an immunomodulator. That means it stimulates your immune system to fight the virus that causes genital warts, called human papillomavirus (HPV).
Other treatments for genital warts include surgery and freezing the wart. Treatments can take weeks or months to work and genital warts can come back once your treatment has finished. There is no cure for genital warts.
Like all medicines, Warticon can cause side effects but not everybody will get them.
Very common side effects include:
- wearing away the top layers of skin
Other side effects include:
- dry skin
- skin discolouration
- skin ulcer scabs
- weeping wounds
You should stop using Warticon and seek urgent medical attention if you have:
- severe burning
- severe pain
- an allergic reaction
- itching or swelling
If you experience any of the above, wash off the Warticon cream with soap and water right away.
Warticon cream is not recommended for use in pregnant women or women who are breastfeeding.
Before using Warticon cream, tell your doctor if you are taking any other medication, such as:
- prescription medicines
- over the counter medicines
- natural remedies or herbal products
If you want to know more about side effects or contraindications of Warticon, you can read the patient information leaflet.
Usually, Warticon is applied twice per day, once in the morning and once in the evening for 3 days. Then you do not apply Warticon cream for 4 days. This is 1 course of treatment.
You should apply Warticon cream by:
- washing the affected area with soap and water, gently dry the area with a clean towel
- apply enough Warticon cream to cover each wart using your fingertip
- rub the cream into the wart but be careful not to get it on healthy skin, if this happens wash the Warticon cream off with soap and water
- wash and dry your hands thoroughly after applying the cream
- screw the lid tightly back on the tube to avoid any leakage
Be careful not to get Warticon in your eyes. If you do, rinse the eye thoroughly with water and speak to your doctor. If you accidentally get Warticon in your mouth, rinse it straight away with water. If you swallow some Warticon cream, go to hospital straight away and take the tube of Warticon cream with you so the doctors will know what you have swallowed.
When applying the cream, if you use more than you should, you should rinse the cream off the treatment area with soap and water and see a doctor.
If you still have genital warts 7 days after you started using the cream, you should repeat the course of treatment up to a maximum of 4 times. If you still have genital warts after 4 treatment courses, you should speak to your doctor for further advice.
If you forget a dose of Warticon, apply the cream as soon as you remember. If it’s nearly time for your next dose, wait until then to apply the cream. You should never apply a double dose to make up for a missed dose.
Dr Kathryn Basford
Dr Kathryn Basford is a qualified GP who works as a GP in London, as well as with ZAVA. She graduated from the University of Manchester and completed her GP training through Whipps Cross Hospital in London.Meet our doctors
Article created: 27 Sep 2021
Last reviewed: 27 Sep 2021