There are several medications for genital warts that are available by prescription and over the counter. Most medical professionals do not recommend the use of over the counter medications for genital warts because the strong chemicals in the medications can damage the sensitive genital area.

Prescription medications for genital warts include imiquimod, pondofilox and TCA. Podofilox genital wart medication comes in cream or gel form. This medication can be used by the patient at home and it works by destroying the tissue of external genital warts. It is inexpensive, easy to use and is considered safe. This medication clears genital warts in about 65 percent of the people who use this treatment. If you are pregnant you should not use podofilox because it is absorbed by the skin and may cause birth defects.

Imiquimod cream is another self applied medication that is used to treat genital warts. Although this medication is expensive, it is safe, effective and easy to use. It boosts the immune system to fight the HPV virus that causes genital warts. This medication clears genital warts in 50 percent of the people who choose this form of treatment.

Another common medication used to treat genital warts is TCA (trichloracetic acid). This is a chemical compound that is applied to the surface of the wart. Because of the danger of injuring the tissue surrounding the wart, this medication must be applied carefully. This medication for genital warts can only be applied by a physician.

Some health care providers inject the antiviral medication called alpha interferon directly into genital warts that recur after they have been treated by other drugs. This medication is expensive and does not reduce the rate at which genital warts return.

It is important to remember that there is no medication that will provide a cure for genital warts. Even though some medications may be successful in removing the warts, the virus remains on the skin and the genital warts can recur and need additional treatment. The best treatment for your genital warts depends upon their size and the severity of symptoms.

A good source of information about removing genital warts is the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID). This group is a component of the National Institutes of Health. NIAID supports basic and applied research to prevent, diagnose, and treat infectious diseases, such as HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted infections. This organization can provide detailed information about medications that are used to treat genital warts.

Glossary:

Podofilox: a prescription liquid or gel that is used to treat external genital warts Trichloracetic acid: a caustic agent that is used to treat genital warts. This medication can only be administered by a physician.


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