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Effect of Tagamet on Warts

06/06/2000

Question:

How well does the drug Tagamet suppress warts, and what are the possible side effects/complications of using it.

Answer:

The effectiveness of Tagamet in treating or suppressing warts is controversial. Well controlled and well performed studies on the treatment of warts have shown no statistical benefit of Tagamet over placebo ("sugar pill"). Some poorly done studies reveal mild benefit of Tagamet over placebo. These results are questionable. Because of the lack of good scientific data, the use of Tagamet is at best hopeful and remains experimental. Side effects are uncommon and include nausea, vomiting, breast enlargement, hair thinning, fatigue.

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Pranav   Sheth, MD Pranav Sheth, MD
Formerly:
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati