Cantharone (generic name: Cantharidin) is a drug which is prescribed for the removal of benign epithelial growths such as warts and mollusca. Cantharone is applied to the skin at the doctor’s office as it must be administered under the supervision of a physician. It is a blistering solution. It is a favourable option for many patients because it is selectively destructive, meaning that it only affects the top layer of skin and does not affect layers underneath. It is clinically proven to be extremely effective, and eliminates the need for needles, knives or cauteries and it is totally painless. Previously, the only treatment for warts and other benign growths was to have them removed by cutting them off the skin, burning, which was a slightly painful way to remove them. The liquid solution is simply applied to the skin and peeled off at home a few hours later. Cantharone is not usually marketed in the USA, but is available on prescription in Canada.
Cantharone Side Effects:
As with any drug, there may be side effects from taking Cantharone including blistering of the skin, redness of the skin, sore skin, rash and extremely dry skin. These are generally side effects are more likely to occur, however beware that as there is a high alcohol content the solution can sting if it comes into contact with eyes or mouth. If this occurs, wash it straight away with water and call a doctor immediately. If you experience any side effects you must seek medical attention immediately for safety.
You should follow the instructions of the doctor who prescribed Cantharone to you. Cantharone comes in a form of blistering solution in regular and plus strengths. It cannot be prescribed for patient administration, and should be applied by your doctor. Your doctor will therefore administer or supervise the application for safety.
If you are allergic to any of the ingredients of Cantharone, you should avoid taking it and inform your doctor. You must consult your doctor if you have any pre-existing medical conditions including any skin complaints or an allergy to any of the ingredients of Cantharone. You must consult your doctor if you are taking any other medications as they may interact with Cantharone, including other topical solutions (skin creams) or antibiotics. It is important that you inform your doctor if you are pregnant, planning to conceive or breastfeeding as Cantharone may cause harm to unborn and new born babies.
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