Genital Warts (cont.)
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 highercure 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.
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