kunecatechins (topical) (cont.)
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What should I discuss with my health care provider before taking kunecatechins (Veregen)?
Using this medication will not prevent you from passing genital warts to another person during skin-to-skin contact or sexual intercourse. Talk with your doctor about safe methods of preventing transmission of genital warts during sex.
Do not use this medication if you are allergic to green tea.
Before using kunecatechins, tell your doctor if you are allergic to any drugs, or if you have:
If you have any of these conditions, you may not be able to use kunecatechins, or you may need a dosage adjustment or special tests during treatment.
FDA pregnancy category C. This medication may be harmful to an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant during treatment.
It is not known whether kunecatechins passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Do not use this medication without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.
How should I take kunecatechins (Veregen)?
Use this medication exactly as it was prescribed for you. Do not use the medication in larger amounts, or use it for longer than recommended by your doctor. Follow the instructions on your prescription label.
This medication comes with patient instructions for safe and effective use. Follow these directions carefully. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions.
Wash your hands before and after applying this medicine.
Kunecatechins is usually applied 3 times daily. Apply enough ointment to cover each wart, leaving a thin layer of ointment on the skin surface.
Do not wash the treated skin area just after applying this medication. Reapply the ointment after you swim, bathe, or shower.
Women using this medication should wash the ointment off before inserting a tampon into the vagina. You may accidentally get some of the medicine into your vagina if you insert a tampon while the ointment is on the outside of your vagina.
Men using this medication on an uncircumcised penis should wash underneath the foreskin each day.
Keep using kunecatechins until your warts have completely cleared. Do not use this medication for longer than 16 weeks without your doctor's advice.
Call your doctor if your warts do not clear up, or if they go away and then come back after treatment.
Kunecatechins ointment can stain clothing or bed sheets. Avoid getting the medicine on these surfaces. You may want to wear dark-colored clothing to prevent unwanted staining. Do not use a sanitary napkin or other protective barrier without your doctor's advice.
Store this medication in the refrigerator and do not allow it to freeze.
Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration
You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.
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