Podofilox gel - topical
Podofilox gel - topical
This medication is used on the skin to treat external genital warts.
Read the Patient Information Leaflet if available from your pharmacist before you start using podofilox gel and each time you get a refill. If you have any questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
This medication is for use on the skin only. Apply it on the warts pointed out by your doctor. It is usually applied once in the morning and again in the evening for 3 days followed by a 4 day rest period. If the warts do not go away, then this cycle is repeated up to 4 times. Contact your doctor for other options if the warts do not go away after 4 weeks of treatment.
To apply, use the provided applicator tip or your finger. Apply a small amount of medication to the wart to cover it. Allow the gel to dry. Wash your hands thoroughly afterwards. Be careful with this medication because it can irritate normal skin around the application site.
Do not use large amounts, apply more often or use for a longer period than directed. Your condition will not clear faster, and the chance for side effects may be increased.
Avoid contact with the eyes and mucous membranes. If contact occurs, immediately wash with plenty of water and contact your doctor.
Swelling, pain, burning, itching, peeling skin, small sores, or headache may occur. If any of these effects last or get worse, tell your doctor or pharmacist promptly.
Remember that this medication has been prescribed because your doctor has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.
Tell your doctor right away if you have any serious side effects, including:
A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, get medical help right away if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including:
This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
In the US -
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or at www.fda.gov/medwatch.
In Canada - Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to Health Canada at 1-866-234-2345.
Before using podofilox, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.
Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history.
This medication is not a cure for genital warts. These warts are caused by a virus called human papillomavirus (HPV). Podofilox does not destroy the virus. It only helps to remove the warts, but new warts may form or old warts may return, during and after treatment.
Do not have sexual intercourse on the days you have applied this medication.
Genital warts are spread by sexual contact. Condoms (such as latex or polyurethane types) may help prevent the spread of genital warts to your partner. Consult your doctor or pharmacist for more details.
This medication must not be used during pregnancy. It may harm an unborn baby. Discuss the use of reliable forms of birth control with your doctor. If you become pregnant or think you may be pregnant, tell your doctor right away.
It is unknown if this drug passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.
Drug interactions may change how your medications work or increase your risk for serious side effects. This document does not contain all possible drug interactions. Keep a list of all the products you use (including prescription/nonprescription drugs and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicines without your doctor's approval.
This medicine may be harmful if swallowed. If too much of this medication is applied to the skin, wash it off with plenty of soap and water. If someone has overdosed and has serious symptoms such as passing out or trouble breathing, call 911. Otherwise, call a poison control center right away. US residents can call their local poison control center at 1-800-222-1222. Canada residents can call a provincial poison control center. Symptoms of overdose may include: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, trouble breathing, seizures.
Do not share this medication with others.
This medication is prescribed for your current condition only. Do not use it later for another skin problem unless directed by your doctor. A different medication may be necessary in those cases.
If you miss a dose, apply it as soon as you remember. If it is near the time of the next dose, skip the missed dose. Use your next dose at the regular time. Do not double the dose to catch up.
Store at room temperature away from heat or open flame. Do not freeze. Keep all medications away from children and pets.
Do not flush medications down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. Properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist or local waste disposal company.
HOW TO USE THIS INFORMATION: This is a summary and does NOT have all possible information about this product. This information does not assure that this product is safe, effective, or appropriate for you. This information is not individual medical advice and does not substitute for the advice of your health care professional. Always ask your health care professional for complete information about this product and your specific health needs.
Information last revised December 2022.
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Selected from NATIONAL DRUG DATA FILE (NDDF) data included with permission and copyrighted by First Databank, Inc., 2019. This copyrighted material has been downloaded from a licensed data provider.
The above information is intended to supplement, not substitute for, the expertise and judgment of your health care professional. You should consult your health care professional before taking any drug, changing your diet, or commencing or discontinuing any course of treatment.