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What is Condyline 0.5% Cutaneous Solution?
Condyline cutaneous solution is a medication used to treat genital warts in both women and men. It treats small clusters of warts called condylomata acuminate, which are found on the penis in men or on the external genitals in women.
How does Condyline work?
The active ingredient in Condyline is a plant extract called podophyllotoxin. This ingredient comes from the roots of the podophyllo plant. The solution also contains alcohol.
Do not use Condyline:
- If you are allergic to any of the ingredients in it
- On healthy skin, broken or inflamed skin, or on open wounds
- If you are pregnant or breastfeeding
This medication should be used under close medical supervision. It shouldn’t be used on an area of skin larger than the size of a postage stamp or for long periods of time as it can cause systemic toxicity (in other words it can affect the whole body).
How do you use Condyline?
You should use Condyline exactly as directed by your doctor.
Begin your treatment in the morning. Wash and dry the affected area. Dip the plastic applicator into the solution and apply the solution to a wart, allowing it to dry naturally. Apply the solution to all of your warts in this way, making sure you don’t dip the applicator into the bottle more than 50 times (the solution should only be applied to a small area of skin).
Repeat this process 12 hours later, then twice a day for the next 2 days. This means you will have used the solution to treat your warts a total of 6 times in 3 days. The treatment shouldn’t be used any more in the first week.
If your warts haven’t disappeared or improved, your doctor may recommend that you repeat the treatment cycle for a second week, and a third, fourth and fifth week if necessary.
If you miss a treatment at any point, apply it as soon as you remember. Don’t apply a double dose of Condyline to make up for a forgotten dose, though.
How effective is Condyline?
Condyline is a clinically proven genital warts treatment. Medication for genital warts is generally more effective amongst non smokers than smokers.
Condyline treats the warts but can’t treat the virus that causes genital warts. Your body may clear the virus by itself in time but you may get more warts before that happens.
What are the main side effects of Condyline?
Like all medicines, Condyline can cause side effects, although not everyone will experience them.
Three common side effects of Condyline cream when it is used to treat genital warts are:
- Inflammation of the foreskin and head of the penis
- Local irritation of the area around the vagina
- Mild irritation of your warts shortly after applying the solution
For a full list of Condyline genital warts treatment side effects, please see the patient information leaflet.