Cantharone Plus is a topical liquid used for removing warts, especially plantar warts and those that are resistant or heavily keratinized. It contains three active ingredients: 30% salicylic acid, 2% podophyllin BP, and 1% cantharidin, in a film-forming vehicle.
Cantharone works by causing skin blistering, which cuts off the blood supply to the wart, leading to its death and removal. The liquid contains salicylic acid, podophyllin BP, and cantharidin in a film-forming vehicle.
Salicylic acid helps to soften and dissolve the hard, dead skin cells that make up warts, while podophyllin BP also works by damaging the wart tissue. Cantharidin is the primary ingredient that causes blistering by irritating the skin. The formation of blisters separates the wart from the surrounding skin, allowing for the wart to be removed easily. This process usually takes about a week to ten days after application.
Use and Dosage
Cantharone Plus must only be applied externally. To use Cantharone Plus for wart removal, first remove the thick, dead skin covering the warts using a scalpel. Then, carefully apply one layer of the liquid to the wart and about 1 to 3 mm around the wart. Use a pointed wooden applicator stick to apply this medication. Put a bandage on it for about 5 to 6 hours, then wash it and allow it to dry. You may apply a new bandage if necessary.
The medication works by forming a blister underneath the wart, which causes the wart to be pushed out of the skin. Follow the directions provided by a doctor or healthcare professional when using Cantharone Plus, as it is intended for doctor use only. Additionally, if you experience any itching or discomfort, an oral antihistamine may be taken per the package instructions.
Common Side Effects of Cantharone Plus Liquid (Cantharidin/Salicylic Acid/Podophyllin):
- Mild pain on the wart
Serious Side Effects of Cantharone Plus Liquid (Cantharidin/Salicylic Acid/Podophyllin):
- Foul-smelling discharge
- Worsening inflammation
Forms and Strength
Cantharone plus Liquid (Cantharidin/Salicylic Acid/Podophyllin) is available in the following forms and strength:
Cantharone Plus Liquid: Liquid
- Cantharone Plus should not be used on the face or in the genital area without first consulting a healthcare provider.
- Cantharone Plus should not be applied to healthy skin, as it may cause blistering and damage to the skin.
- Cantharone Plus should be used with caution in patients with a history of skin sensitivity or allergic reactions.
- Cantharone Plus should be used with caution in patients with a history of kidney or liver disease.
- Cantharone Plus should be used with caution in patients who are pregnant or breastfeeding, as it may pose a risk to the fetus or infant.
- Cantharone Plus should not be used in patients with a known allergy to any of its ingredients.
- Cantharone Plus should be applied only by a healthcare provider or under their direct supervision.
- Cantharone Plus may cause pain, tenderness, or redness at the application site, which usually goes away within a few days.
- Cantharone Plus may cause blistering, and in rare cases, may lead to scarring or pigment changes in the skin.
- Cantharone Plus should not be used on moles, birthmarks, or warts with hair growing from them.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
How long should you use liquid wart remover?
Apply the medicine one drop at a time to completely cover each wart, corn, or callus. Let dry. Repeat one or two times a day as needed for up to 12 weeks, or as directed by your doctor, until the wart is removed.
How long does it take for Cantharone to work?
It takes a few hours for the reaction to occur. A blister will form within 24 to 48 hours. If your plantar wart is located on a pressure point, you may have to walk on a painful lesion for 2 to 7 days.
Is Cantharone Plus a prescription?
Cantharone Plus is only available in drug stores by prescription. You cannot purchase this drug without a valid prescription from your doctor.