Generic Name: sinecatechins (sin-a-CAT-ah-kins)
Brand Name: Veregen
Veregen is used for:
Treating certain types of external genital or perianal warts.
Veregen is an extract of green tea leaves. Exactly how Veregen works is not known.
Do NOT use Veregen if:
- you are allergic to any ingredient in Veregen
Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.
Before using Veregen:
Some medical conditions may interact with Veregen. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:
- if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
- if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
- if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
- if you have warts inside the cervix, vagina, or anus
- if you have a weakened immune system (eg, HIV infection)
- if you have open wounds or broken or irritated skin in the treatment area
- if you are using other products on the treatment area
Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Veregen. Because little, if any, of Veregen is absorbed into the blood, the risk of it interacting with another medicine is low.
Ask your health care provider if Veregen may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.
How to use Veregen:
Use Veregen as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.
- An extra patient leaflet is available with Veregen. Talk to your pharmacist if you have questions about this information.
- Wash your hands before and immediately after using Veregen.
- Gently apply a small amount of Veregen to each wart using the tips of your fingers. Completely cover each wart being treated, leaving a thin film of medicine on the wart.
- Be careful not to get Veregen in the vagina or the anus.
- Do not apply Veregen to open sores or broken skin.
- Do not wash Veregen off before you apply your next dose. If you will be taking a shower or bath, apply Veregen afterwards.
- Do not bandage, cover, or wrap the treated area; however, you may wear loose-fitting undergarments.
- Uncircumcised men with warts under the foreskin should pull back the foreskin and clean the area every day.
- Use Veregen on a regular schedule to get the most benefit from it. Using Veregen at the same times each day will help you remember to use it.
- Continue using Veregen until all of your genital or perianal warts have gone away unless your doctor tells you otherwise.
- If you miss a dose of Veregen, use it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not use 2 doses at once.
Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Veregen.
Important safety information:
- Veregen is for the treatment of warts on the outside of the genitals or around the outside of the anus. Do not get Veregen in the eyes, nose, mouth, vagina, or anus. If you get it in any of these areas, rinse right away with cool water.
- Do not use more than the recommended dose or use for longer than 16 weeks without checking with your doctor. If your warts do not go away or they come back after treatment, contact your doctor.
- Veregen is not a cure for genital or perianal warts. Patients may still develop new warts during or after treatment with Veregen. Tell your doctor if you notice any new warts.
- Veregen does not stop the spread of genital or perianal warts to others. Talk with your doctor if you have questions about how to practice safe sex or how to prevent the spread of genital warts to others.
- Do not have sexual relations (eg, genital, anal, oral) while Veregen is on the skin. Carefully wash the medicine off the skin before having sex, as it may weaken condoms and diaphragms.
- If you use tampons, insert the tampon before applying Veregen. Be careful NOT to get Veregen in the vagina when inserting another tampon.
- If you develop blisters, ulcers, sores, or other severe irritation at the application site, wash Veregen off with mild soap and water. Contact your doctor for instructions.
- Do not expose the treated areas to sunlight, sunlamps, or tanning beds.
- Veregen may stain light-colored clothing and bedding. It is recommended that you wear dark-colored undergarments while you are using Veregen.
- Lab tests and medical exams, including a Pap smear, may be performed while you use Veregen. They may be used to monitor your condition or check for side effects. Be sure to keep all doctor and lab appointments.
- Veregen should be used with extreme caution in CHILDREN younger than 18 years old; safety and effectiveness in these children have not been confirmed.
- PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using Veregen while you are pregnant. It is not known if Veregen is found in breast milk after topical use. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you use Veregen, check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.
Possible side effects of Veregen:
All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:
Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:
Burning, flaking, itching, pain, redness, scaling, or swelling at the application site.
Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); blisters, ulcers, sores, or other severe irritation at the application site; difficult or painful urination; groin or pelvic pain, swelling, or tenderness; unusual discharge or bleeding.
This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. To report side effects to the appropriate agency, please read the Guide to Reporting Problems to FDA.
If OVERDOSE is suspected:
Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center, or emergency room immediately. Veregen may cause harm if it is swallowed.Proper storage of Veregen:
Store Veregen the refrigerator, between 36 and 46 degrees F (2 and 8 degrees C). You may also store it at room temperature up to 77 degrees F (25 degrees C). Do not freeze. Be sure the cap on the tube is tightly closed. Store away from heat and light. Do not use Veregen after the expiration date on the tube. Keep Veregen out of the reach of children and away from pets.
- If you have any questions about Veregen, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
- Veregen is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
- If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.
- Check with your pharmacist about how to dispose of unused medicine.
This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take Veregen or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about Veregen. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to Veregen. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using Veregen.
Disclaimer: This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take this medicine or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about this medicine. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to this medicine. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using this medicine.