Cantharone (Cantharidin) is often referred to as “beetle juice” or “bug juice” is a blistering agent that is derived from the blister beetle. This compound is produced and used for both molluscum and warts. This treatment is sometimes used if salicylic acid or freezing a wart with liquid nitrogen has not successfully eliminated it. The doctor applies the liquid solution directly on your wart and covers it with a bandage. The cantharidin causes the skin under the wart to blister, lifting the wart off the skin. When the blister dries up, the wart comes off with the blistered skin. Cantharone is an OTC product but Cantharone plus which contains Cantharidin/Podophyllin/Salicylic Acid requires a prescription.
We currently have the brand (name: Cantharidin) from Canada manufactured by Dormer Laboratories and the generic Canthacur also comes from Canada. Cantharone is available in dosages: Solution 0.7 %.7.5 ml, Solution Plus 7.5ml Vial (1 %/2 %/30 %).
Cantharone Side Effects
Cantharidin may cause side effects such as:
• Burning within a few hours of applying it to the skin;
• Very tender skin for 2–6 days.
The Cantharidin treatment is not painful but the blistering can be painful. Cantharone and Cantharone Plus are not recommended for use:
• In combination with another chemical agent;
• On moles, birthmarks, unusual warts with hair growing on them, warts on
mucous membranes, or open wounds;
• On or near the genital area;
• On people with diabetes, peripheral arterial disease or other circulatory problems.
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