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Genital Warts (cont.)

Medications

Several medications exist for treating genital warts and can be used as an alternative to other treatments.

  • Podophyllum resin (Pod-Ben-25, Podofin) is topically applied by a health care practitioner.
  • Podofilox (Condylox) can be topically applied at home and has a higher cure rate than podophyllum resin. Podofilox also is useful for prevention.
  • Trichloroacetic acid or bichloracetic acid is topically applied; however, the response is often incomplete and recurrence is higher and it may cause pain and burning.
  • 5-Fluorouracil (Efudex) is applied as a cream, has a long treatment time, can cause burning and irritation, and has many side effects.
  • Interferon alpha-n3 (Alferon N) is an injection used for warts that do not respond to other therapies; however, it has many side effects.
  • Imiquimod (Aldara) is applied as a cream and local skin irritation is a common side effect.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 5/1/2014
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