Podofilox: Uses & Side Effects

Podofilox prevents the growth of certain types of cells. Podofilox topical (for the skin) is used to treat genital warts that appear on the outside of the body, but podofilox topical is not a cure for genital warts.

How should I use podofilox topical?

Follow all directions on your prescription label. Do not use this medicine in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended.

Your healthcare provider may show you how to apply this medicine at home.

Using more of this medicine will not make it work better, and may increase side effects.

This medicine is usually applied in the morning and evening for 3 days in a row, followed by 4 days of not using the medicine. This 7-day treatment cycle should be repeated up to 4 times, or until you can no longer see any signs of wart tissue.

Wash your hands before applying podofilox topical. Also wash the skin area to be treated, and allow it to dry completely before applying the medicine.

Apply podofilox topical using the cotton applicator provided or with your finger. Apply the medicine only to the wart tissue and avoid getting it on healthy skin. If the genital wart is in a skin fold, spread the skin apart and apply the medicine. Allow the treated skin to dry before releasing the skin fold.

Wash your hands again after applying podofilox topical.

Call your doctor if your symptoms do not improve after 4 treatment cycles.

Podofilox topical is not a cure for genital warts and it may not keep you from spreading this condition to others through vaginal, anal, or oral sex. You may develop new lesions during treatment with podofilox topical. For best results, keep using the medicine for the entire length of time prescribed by your doctor.

Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat. Do not freeze.

Precautions

You should not use podofilox topical if you are allergic to it.

Do not use podofilox topical on any warts or skin growths that have not been checked by your doctor.

It is not known whether podofilox topical will harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant while using this medicine.

It is not known whether podofilox topical passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. You should not breast-feed while using this medicine.

Podofilox topical is not approved for use by anyone younger than 18 years old.

Side Effects

Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Wash off the medicine and call your doctor at once if you have a serious skin reaction such as severe itching, burning, oozing, bleeding, or skin changes where the medicine is applied.

Common side effects may include:

  • mild skin irritation (pain, swelling, burning, redness, itching, tingling, blisters, crusting, dryness, peeling) where the medicine was applied.
  • headache, dizziness.
  • sleep problems (insomnia).
  • unpleasant skin odor.
  • vomiting.
  • pain during sex.

Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.

Keyword: Podofilox.

* The Content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.