Tagamet For Warts

Doctors often prescribe Tagamet for warts “off-label”. It is typically used to treat Zollinger-Ellison syndrome and GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease).


Tagamet is sometimes prescribed to treat hives, itching and stress ulcers. It functions as a H2-blocker, which acts by helping to reduce the level of acid in the stomach. The drug was first approved by the FDA in 1977 and is also available in generic form as Cimetidine. Tagamet for warts is prescribed by many doctors and healthcare professionals around the world, as it has been proven to reduce viral warts. This medication is available in both prescription and over-the-counter form.

The potential for Tagamet to treat resistant warts was first recognized in the early 1990s. At this point, Tagamet was only available on prescription. It is theorized that Tagamet stimulates the immune system, forcing it to reject the wart.

Symptoms of warts:

Warts most usually occur on the fingers and hands but can also appear elsewhere on the body. Most warts appear as grainy, small growths of skin which can also feature patterns of tiny black dots. These dots are clotted blood vessels.

Causes of warts:

Warts are caused by HPY (human papillomavirus). This virus is incredibly common, and there are over 150 different strains of it, although only a small number of them cause warts to form on the hands. Some strains of HPV are transmitted through sexual contact. For the most part, however, the HPV virus is spread by casual contact of the skin or via the touching of shared objects like washcloths or towels.

The virus spreads via cracks in the skin, such as scrapes or hangnails. Biting of the fingernails can also cause warts to spread throughout the fingertips and in and around the nail.

Each person has a unique immune system which responds to the virus differently. This means that not everybody who encounters the virus will go on to develop warts.

Some people may be at increased risk of developing warts, including:

  • Children
  • Young adults
  • People with HIV/AIDS
  • People who have had an organ transplant

People who fall into these categories may simply not have built up an immunity to the virus or might otherwise have a compromised immune system which causes them to be more susceptible to attack, and Tagamet could be useful in helping them to defeat the HPV virus.

Tagamet for warts: treatment

Tagamet is routinely used to treat viral warts. It is often prescribed by doctors and recommended by pharmacists and other healthcare professionals as it stops the action of histamine in the stomach, and this helps to moderate the immune system of the body. Tagamet is known to stimulate the population of T-lymphocyte, which is known to be important in controlling certain viral infections. While anecdotal evidence exists, there are no peer-reviewed studies to suggest that Tagamet for warts is a proven treatment.

Sometimes, a doctor may prescribe a course of Tagamet for warts in addition to a topical over-the-counter wart removal product. This combination of treatments has been proven to be effective when OTC treatments alone don’t have an effect on existing warts.

Some healthcare professionals speculate that Tagamet for warts could be used as a preventative measure, although it is much more commonly used routinely for the reduction of warts.

Most healthcare professionals agree that a dose of 30mg to 40mg of Tagamet is suitable for the treatment of warts.

Tagamet for warts: warnings

Before using Tagamet for warts, patients should advise their doctor if they have ever suffered from the following conditions:

  • Liver disease
  • Kidney disease
  • Extreme stomach ulcers
  • General stomach pain

Patients should also advise their doctor whether they smoke, or if they otherwise have any trouble swallowing before they take Tagamet.

Unless instructed by a doctor, patients should avoid taking Tagamet for warts for any longer than two weeks at a time. Additionally, patients should heed the advice of their doctor and take the full course of this medication, even if their warts appear to have fully subsided. Ceasing treatment too early could potentially delay the healing process.

Tagamet could potentially cause drowsiness or dizziness. Patients are therefore advised to refrain from driving or operating machinery until it has been established that the drug does not cause any issues.

Tagamet for warts is not recommended for children under the age of 12.

While Tagamet is unlikely to cause harm to an unborn fetus, patients who are pregnant or intending on becoming pregnant should inform their doctor prior to taking this medicine. Tagamet can pass into breast milk and could potentially cause problems for breastfeeding babies. Patients who are currently breastfeeding are advised to avoid Tagamet use.

Tagamet for warts: side effects

Patients who experience any of the following side effects while using Tagamet should consult their doctor or healthcare provider as soon as possible:

  • Depression
  • Nervousness
  • Anxiety
  • Enlarged breasts
  • Decreased sexual ability
  • Confusion
  • Muscle weakness
  • Muscle pain
  • Unusual bleeding or bruising
  • Severe and persistent stomach pain
  • Signs of allergic reaction, including difficulty breathing, tightness in the chest, swelling of the mouth, lips, face and tongue, itching and/or hives
  • Hallucinations
  • Slow or fast heartbeat

Tagamet for warts: interactions

Patients are advised to inform their doctor about all non-prescription, prescription, dietary, herbal, illegal, recreational or nutritional drugs or supplements they may be taking. The following medicines are known to interact negatively with Tagamet, and it is therefore ill-advised to combine them:

  • Iron salts
  • Propranolol
  • Metronidazole
  • Lidocaine
  • Digoxin
  • Theophylline
  • Phenytoin
  • Diazepam (Valium)
  • Clopidogrel
  • Chlordiazepoxide
  • Certain antidepressants, including Amoxapine, Trimipramine, Imipramine, Desipramine, Clomiprane, Amitryptiline and/or Doxepin.

Patients are also advised not to mix alcohol with Tagamet, as this could cause excess drowsiness or dizziness.

Preventing warts:

While sometimes it might be impossible to avoid coming into contact with the human papilloma virus, there are several steps which patients can take to prevent them appearing as well as preventing them from spreading to other parts of the body. The following simple guidelines should be observed by those who wish to avoid contracting more warts:

  • Regular hand washing, particularly after coming into contact with someone who has warts.
  • Avoid picking at warts.
  • Cover warts with bandages where practical.
  • Ensure hands and feet are kept dry.
  • Wear flip-flops or shower shoes when using communal bathing facilities or locker rooms.