Bleomycin Injection for Warts

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Bleomycin Injection for Warts

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Generic NameBrand Name
bleomycinBlenoxane

How It Works

Bleomycin is an anticancer medicine used to stop tumour growth.

Why It Is Used

Although non-genital warts are not cancerous, bleomycin injection is sometimes used to kill skin cells, effectively stopping wart growth.

How Well It Works

There is no consistent proof on how effective bleomycin is for warts.

Side Effects

Bleomycin causes pain during and after the injection into a wart. Longer-term side effects include:

  • Scarring.
  • Nail damage.
  • Skin colour changes.

See Drug Reference for a full list of side effects. (Drug Reference is not available in all systems.)

What To Think About

Bleomycin is injected into warts that have been resistant to other treatments. It is usually used as a last resort because the injection is painful and expensive.

Bleomycin is considered too toxic to safely treat children or pregnant or breast-feeding women.

Bleomycin should not be used in people with Raynaud's phenomenon or peripheral arterial disease.

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Credits

By Healthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
Primary Medical Reviewer Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer Alexander H. Murray, MD, FRCPC - Dermatology
Last Revised December 2, 2010

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