Proper Use

Drug information provided by: Micromedex

A paper with information for the patient will be given to you with your filled prescription and will provide many details concerning the use of podofilox. Read this paper carefully and ask your health care professional if you need additional information.

Also, keep podofilox away from the eyes and mucous membranes, such as the inside of the penis, rectum, or vagina. This medicine may cause severe irritation. If you get this medicine in your eyes or on one of these areas, immediately flush the area with water for 15 minutes.

Use podofilox only as directed, no more than 3 days a week and no more than 4 treatment cycles. Do not use more of it, do not use it more often, and do not use it for a longer time than your doctor ordered. To do so may increase the chances that this medicine is absorbed into the body and that side effects could occur.

Do not apply the medicine to any other wart until you discuss it with your doctor. The total dose of podofilox used on all warts should not exceed that which would cover an area measuring 1.6 square inches (10 square centimeters), about the size of a dollar coin.

To use:

  • To apply the solution, use the applicators that come with the solution or a cotton-tipped applicator. To apply the gel, use a cotton-tipped applicator or your finger. Never reuse an applicator or dip a used applicator into the bottle.
  • Apply podofilox only to the wart(s) discussed with your doctor.
  • Podofilox can cause severe irritation of normal skin. If you get medicine on normal skin, wash it off immediately.
  • Make sure the treated area is dry before allowing the treated skin to come in contact with normal, untreated skin.
  • Immediately after applying this medicine, wash your hands to remove any medicine. Properly discard used applicator(s).

Dosing

The dose of this medicine will be different for different patients. Follow your doctor's orders or the directions on the label. The following information includes only the average doses of this medicine. If your dose is different, do not change it unless your doctor tells you to do so.

The amount of medicine that you take depends on the strength of the medicine. Also, the number of doses you take each day, the time allowed between doses, and the length of time you take the medicine depend on the medical problem for which you are using the medicine.

  • For topical dosage form (gel):
    • For warts on penis or vulva (genitals) or on skin between genitals and rectum:
      • Adults—Apply to the wart(s) two times a day for three days in a row using an applicator tip or finger. Skip four days by not applying any medicine for four days in a row. If the wart can still be seen, this application cycle may be repeated each week for up to four weeks, until the wart is gone. No more than 0.5 grams of gel should be used each day of treatment.
      • Children—Use and dose must be determined by the doctor.
  • For topical dosage form (solution):
    • For warts on penis or vulva (genitals) only:
      • Adults—Apply to the wart(s) two times a day (every twelve hours) for three days in a row using applicator tip. Skip four days by not applying any medicine for four days in a row. If the wart can still be seen, this application cycle may be repeated each week for up to four weeks, until the wart is gone. No more than 0.5 milliliters of solution should be used each day of treatment.
      • Children—Use and dose must be determined by the doctor.

Missed Dose

If you miss a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double doses.

Storage

Store the medicine in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light. Keep from freezing.

Keep out of the reach of children.

Do not keep outdated medicine or medicine no longer needed.