Consumer Medicine Information
What is in this leaflet
This leaflet answers some common questions about Condyline Paint. It does not contain all the available information. It does not take the place of talking to your doctor or pharmacist.
All medicines have risks and benefits. Your doctor has weighed the risks of you using Condyline Paint against the benefits they expect it will have for you.
If you have any concerns about using this medicine, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
Keep this leaflet with the medicine. You may need to read it again.
What Condyline Paint is used for
This medicine is used to treat warts in the genital region. These warts can occur in both men and women and are caused by the human papilloma virus. On the penis, the warts can form on the foreskin, shaft, or end of the penis. In women, the warts can form on external areas of the vagina and vulva. These warts can also occur in the anal region of men and women.
There is no specific antiviral therapy against papilloma virus. Treatments rely on local destruction of affected skin tissue.
Condyline Paint contains podophyllotoxin. It is a plant extract which works by destroying the skin cells in the warts.
Ask your doctor if you have any questions about why this medicine has been prescribed for you. Your doctor may have prescribed it for another reason.
This medicine is not addictive.
It is available only with a doctor's prescription.
Before you use Condyline Paint
When you must not use it
Do not use Condyline Paint if you have:
a lot of warts
an open wound
had recent surgical procedures
Do not use Condyline Paint if you have an allergy to:
any medicine containing podophyllotoxin
any of the ingredients listed at the end of this leaflet.
Some of the symptoms of an allergic reaction may include shortness of breath, wheezing or difficulty breathing; swelling of the face, lips, tongue or other parts of the body; rash, itching or hives on the skin.
Do not use Condyline Paint on healthy skin or if you have a lot of warts.
Do not use it on broken skin.
Do not use this medicine if you are pregnant or may become pregnant. It may affect your developing baby if you take it during pregnancy.
Do not breast-feed if you are using this medicine. This medicine may be absorbed through the skin and we do not know if it can pass into breast milk.
Do not use this medicine after the expiry date printed on the pack or if the packaging is torn or shows signs of tampering. If it has expired or is damaged, return it to your pharmacist for disposal.
If you are not sure whether you should start using this medicine, talk to your doctor.
Before you start to use it
Tell your doctor if you have allergies to any other medicines, foods, preservatives or dyes.
Tell your doctor if you have or have had any of the following medical conditions:
recent surgery on any warts
If you have not told your doctor about any of the above, tell him/her before you start using Condyline Paint.
Taking other medicines
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines, including any that you get without a prescription from your pharmacy, supermarket or health food shop. Your doctor and pharmacist have more information on medicines to be careful with or avoid while using Condyline Paint.
How to use Condyline Paint
Follow all directions given to you by your doctor or pharmacist carefully. They may differ from the information contained in this leaflet.
Condyline Paint can cause irritation to healthy skin if it is not used properly. Your doctor may apply it in his/her office or your doctor may ask you to apply this medicine at home.
If you do not understand the instructions on the pack, ask your doctor or pharmacist for help. It is important to use Condyline Paint exactly as your doctor has told you. If you use it less often than you should, it may not work as well and your condition may not improve. Using it more often than you should may not improve your condition any faster and may cause or increase side effects.
How often to use it
Condyline Paint is usually applied to the affected area twice daily for three days. Your doctor will tell you how often you should use it.
How to apply it
Wash and dry your hands. Wash the areas to be treated with soap and water and dry well. Dip the end of a supplied cotton tip into the paint and wipe over the visible warts. Let the paint dry by itself. Wash your hands again.
When to use it
Use your medicine at about the same time each day. Each application should be about 12 hours apart. Using it at the same time each day will have the best effect. It will also help you remember when to use it.
It does not matter if you use this medicine before or after food.
Replace the top firmly on the bottle each time you use Condyline Paint. Make a note of the date when you first opened the bottle and do not use it later than six weeks after that date, unless your doctor tells you to.
How long to use it
Condyline Paint is usually used twice daily for three days in a row, followed by no treatment for four days in a row. After the first week's treatment, your doctor may have arranged to see you again. If the warts are not completely better, your doctor may ask you to repeat the course for up to 4 weeks. Each treatment course consists of applying the paint for three days in a row and then four days in a row without application.
Do not use Condyline Paint for longer than your doctor tells you. If you use it for longer than your doctor tells you, the chance of side effects may increase.
If you are not sure how long to use it, talk to your doctor or pharmacist.
If you forget to use it
If it is almost time for your next dose skip the dose you missed and use your next dose when you are meant to.
Otherwise, use it as soon as you remember, and then go back to using your medicine as you would normally.
Do not use a double dose to make up for the dose that you missed.
If you are not sure what to do, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
If you have trouble remembering to use your medicine, ask your pharmacist for some hints.
If you swallow Condyline Paint
Immediately telephone your doctor or the Poisons Information Centre (telephone 13 11 26) for advice, or go to Accident and Emergency at the nearest hospital, if you or anyone else swallows Condyline Paint. Do this even if there are no signs of discomfort or poisoning.
You may need urgent medical attention.
While you are using Condyline Paint
Things you must do
If you accidentally put on too much paint or get it in the wrong place, wash the area well with soap and water, then re-apply Condyline Paint correctly.
If the paint gets into the eyes, bathe them well with water and tell your doctor.
Stop using Condyline Paint and contact your doctor if your condition gets worse or if you notice any irritation or sensitivity after using it.
If you are about to be started on any new medicine, remind your doctor and pharmacist that you are using Condyline Paint.
Tell any other doctors, dentists, and pharmacists who treat you that you are using this medicine.
If you become pregnant while using this medicine, tell your doctor immediately.
Keep all of your doctor's appointments so that your progress can be checked. Your doctor may do some tests to make sure the medicine is working and to prevent unwanted side effects.
Things you must not do
This medicine contains alcohol and is flammable. Do not use it near heat, near an open flame or while smoking.
Do not apply to the face or any non-affected region.
Do not use Condyline Paint to treat any other complaints unless your doctor tells you to.
Do not give your medicine to anyone else, even if they have the same condition as you.
Tell your doctor or pharmacist as soon as possible if you do not feel well while you are using Condyline Paint. This medicine helps most people who need it, but it may have unwanted side effects in a few people. All medicines can have side effects. Sometimes they are serious, most of the time they are not. You may need medical attention if you get some of the side effects.
Do not be alarmed by the following lists of side effects. You may not experience any of them.
Ask your doctor or pharmacist to answer any questions you may have.
Tell your doctor as soon as possible if you notice any of the following:
severe, painful redness or irritation
any unexpected pain or inflammation.
The above list includes serious side effects which may require medical attention. Serious side effects are rare
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you notice anything that is making you feel unwell.
Other side effects not listed above may also occur in some people. Some of these side effects may indicate that your body is absorbing too much Condyline Paint and it is important for your doctor to know about them.
After using Condyline Paint
Keep your medicine in a cool dry place where the temperature stays below 25 deg C.
Do not store Condyline Paint or any other medicine in the bathroom or near a sink. Do not leave it on a window sill or in the car. Heat and dampness can destroy some medicines.
Keep it where children cannot reach it. A locked cupboard at least one-and-a-half metres above the ground is a good place to store medicines.
When your doctor tells you to stop using this medicine or the expiry date has passed, ask your pharmacist what to do with any medicine that is left over.
Discard any remaining product six weeks after first opening the bottle unless your doctor tells you to do otherwise.
What it looks like
Condyline Paint is a clear colourless liquid with an alcoholic odour. It is supplied in a glass bottle containing 3.5 mL together with 30 cotton tips.
Condyline Paint contains podophyllotoxin 5mg per mL (0.5% w/v) as the active ingredient. It also contains:
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This leaflet was prepared in April 2004.
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