Bleomycin Injection for Warts
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How It Works
Bleomycin is an anticancer medicine used
to stop tumor growth.
Why It Is Used
Although nongenital warts are not
cancerous, bleomycin injection is sometimes used to kill skin cells,
How Well It Works
There is no consistent proof on
how effective bleomycin is for warts.
Bleomycin causes pain during and after the
injection into a wart. Longer-term side effects include:
- Skin color 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.
is considered too toxic to safely treat children or pregnant or breast-feeding
Bleomycin should not be used in people with
Raynaud's phenomenon or
peripheral arterial disease.
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