You might be wondering how Tagamet can be used to treat warts. It is known as a medication to treat acid reflux and stomach ulcers. The active ingredient is Cimetidine and it reduces the acid in the stomach.
A fair question to ask is how an acid reducer can effectively treat warts. One doesn’t have anything to do with the other. However, Cimetidine is also an anti-histamine. It stimulates the body’s immune system which in turn gets it to attack the HPV virus and with it the wart.
There have been quite a few studies on the effectiveness of Tagamet to treat warts. As with many other studies, there are some that show positive results and others that put it into the category of ‘snake oil’.
The truth is most likely somewhere in the middle. It is a remedy that can help you cure your warts. However, it does not work for everybody.
That’s overall not that surprising. Many wart treatments do not work for everybody. You can go to your dermatologist and have him or her freeze the wart off. Yet, there are some patients where the wart simply comes back just a little while later. And there are others that will never see a wart again for the rest of their lives.
It has been shown though that Cimetidine seems to work well on otherwise resistant warts. There’s quite a few stories of people that had tried many other remedies until they finally came to use Tagamet and it got rid of their warts. It was in those cases also often a suggestion from their dermatologist.
Many of the studies have further shown that Cimetidine for warts is most effective on recalcitrant warts. One study showed an improvement in the wart condition or complete removal of the warts in 84% of the patients. In another study 60% of children treated with Cimetidine had improvements in their wart conditions. This indicates that Tagamet would be a potentially effective wart treatment for children and adults.
Cimetidine is both available as prescription as well as and OTC remedy. Most people will get the OTC variant to use the medication orally.
However, the prescription version is usually in the form of a liquid that is given through an IV. Mostly, this version is used for patients that are not able to use the medication orally.
Many of the studies have tried Cimetidine in various dosages. Even your dermatologist might give you yet another dosage.
However, one of the most thorough studies treating warts with Tagamet has shown the best results by matching the dosage to the body weight. The used rate was 30 to 40 mg per kg per day. This results in around 14 to 18 mg per pound per day. A person weighing 180 pounds would need a dosage of around 2,500 mg per day.
Comparing this to the dosage suggestions for Cimetidine to treat acid reflux, this could end up being a rather high dosage. It seems better to start with a lower dosage and then increase slowly if necessary. It will be best to discuss this with your doctor to get a starting dosage.
Like so many other OTC remedies, Tagamet is not without potential side effects. Many patients will most likely never experience any of them but others will. Usually, any side effects you might experience will immediately stop when you stop using the medication.
The most commonly referenced side effects of Cimetidine Tagamet are diarrhea, dizziness or drowsiness or headaches. In very rare cases there have been mood changes and mental changes as well as muscle and joint pain and even problems urinating. A somewhat more complete list can be found on WebMD for your reference.
The most common brand for Cimetidine is Tagamet. It is available as an OTC drug that you can purchase at any Walgreens, CVS, Walmart or Target pharmacy. You also can order it online through Amazon where you most likely get the best price available.
Don’t be fooled by other online sources though. While they might look like the cheapest source for Tagamet, there’s no guarantee that you get the real thing. It’s better to get it from Amazon or a local pharmacy instead of having to find out the hard way that you didn’t get the authentic product.
There are many alternatives to Tagamet if you want to treat your warts. Based on the evidence it seems the most appropriate to try the more commonly used treatment options before trying Cimetidine.
The best OTC wart removers use salicylic acid as their active ingredient. Alternatively, you can also try to use any of the freezing products which at times also work well to get rid of warts.
Tagamet is an alternative after having tried other routes first. If these treatments do not work then discuss the use of Cimetidine with your doctor to see whether it is a viable option.
Cimetidine is a possible treatment for warts. Surprisingly, but the studies show some success rates when taken by adults as well as children. It’s overall probably not the most potent treatment option for warts but it has proven its effectiveness when it comes to recalcitrant warts.
Studies have shown that it is overall safe to use Tagamet but do not use it without discussing it with your dermatologist first. He or she will be able to help you with the specific dosage to use as well as make sure that there are no interactions with other medications you use.