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 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 8/4/2015
Must Read Articles Related to Genital Warts
Anal itching is a common problem experienced by both men and women. Examples of causes of anal itching include irritants such as perfumes, chemicals, or dyes in...learn more >>
Cervical cancer can be cured if it is detected and treated early. Risk factors for cervical cancer include HPV infection, smoking, oral contraceptive use, and h...learn more >>
Cervicitis is an infection of the lower genital tract (inflammation of the cervix). Cervicitis may be caused by STD's or injuries to the cervix. Cervicitis symp...learn more >>
Patient Comments & Reviews
The eMedicineHealth doctors ask about Genital Warts (HPV Infection):