In come cases, a medicine called cimetidine has proven helpful for treating common warts. When it works, the primary effects of cimetidine for warts include the eventual disappearance of the warts, though an individual may also experience the intended effects of the drug as well — the drug is typically used in treating ulcers and other gastrointestinal issues and reduces stomach acidity. Though the medication is usually well tolerated, it may cause side effects, including drowsiness, headaches, and diarrhea.
Cimetidine is a drug that is most commonly used for treating ulcers and heartburn, but can also be used for the treatment of warts. The drug is usually recommended for its ability to help reduce acid levels in a person’s stomach. When cimetidine is used for treating warts, however, it is taken orally instead of applied directly to the wart as many other treatments are. An individual who wants to use this alternative treatment can purchase cimetidine over the counter. He may do well, however, to discuss this treatment option with a doctor before he begins self-treatment.
Studies of the effects of cimetidine for warts have produced varied results. Some study participants responded to the medication and had noticeable improvement in their warts within just weeks of using the medication. Others, however, had little improvement after using the medication. Since using cimetidine on warts are not always reliable, it may be recommended in combination with a topical treatment for warts or as a home remedy to try before seeking the advice of a doctor.
There is some disagreement when it comes to the amount of cimetidine necessary for treating warts. Some people assert that taking 300 mg of cimetidine twice a day will help to get rid of warts. Others say a higher dose, such as 600 mg twice daily, is more likely to produce the desired effect. An individual may do well to discuss the dosage with his doctor since he will take the medication in a different manner than is listed on the label. By discussing the dosage with his doctor, he can be sure the drug will not interfere with any other medications he is taking or cause serious health effects.
In addition to the positive effects of cimetidine for warts, some people may also experience negative effects. Though many people tolerate the medication well, side effects are possible. For example, a person may develop headaches as a side effect or feel overly drowsy. Some people also develop diarrhea when they are taking this medication.