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Podofilox Topical Solution

Podofilox Topical Solution Side Effects Center

Medical Editor: John P. Cunha, DO, FACOEP

Last reviewed on RxList 10/6/2015

Podofilox (podofilox) topical solution is an antimitotic medication used to treat warts on the outside of the genitals. Common side effects of Podofilox include redness, itching, burning, inflammation, and pain in the treated area. Other side effects of Podofilox include pain with intercourse, insomnia, tingling, bleeding, tenderness, chafing, unpleasant odor, dizziness, scarring, cysts, swelling, dryness, peeling, foreskin does not retract, blood in the urine, vomiting, and skin ulceration.

Podofilox 0.5% is applied to the warts with an applicator supplied with the drug. The drug-dampened applicator should be touched to the wart to be treated, applying the minimum amount of solution necessary to cover the lesion. It is applied twice daily, morning and evening (every 12 hours), for 3 consecutive days, then withheld for 4 days. This cycle can be repeated up to 4 times in a row. Podofilox may interact with other drugs. Tell your doctor all medications and supplements you use. Podofilox should not be used during pregnancy. Consult your doctor before using Podofilox if you are breastfeeding.

Our Podofilox (podofilox) Topical Solution Side Effects Drug Center provides a comprehensive view of available drug information on the potential side effects when taking this medication.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

What is Prescribing information?

The FDA package insert formatted in easy-to-find categories for health professionals and clinicians.

Podofilox Topical Solution FDA Prescribing Information: Side Effects
(Adverse Reactions)


In clinical trials, the following local adverse reactions were reported at some point during treatment.

Adverse Experience Males Females
Burning 64% 78%
Pain 50% 72%
Inflammation 71% 63%
Erosion 67% 67%
Itching 50% 65%

Reports of burning and pain were more frequent and of greater severity in women than in men.

Adverse effects reported in less than 5% of the patients included pain with intercourse, insomnia, tingling, bleeding, tenderness, chafing, malodor, dizzi-ness, scarring, vesicle formation, crusting edema, dryness/peeling, foreskin irretraction, hematuria, vomiting and ulceration.

Read the entire FDA prescribing information for Podofilox Topical Solution (Podofilox)

Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration


You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

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