Q. I want to thank you for writing about warts on teenagers. My son had been battling warts for years, but burning, cutting and immune response methods had not worked. One wart on the back of his Achilles tendon was so large it interfered with sports.
After I read about Tagamet for warts, we discussed it with the doctor. She prescribed the drug and now the warts are history.
A. We are delighted to learn that cimetidine (Tagamet) worked for your son’s warts. This novel use for an ulcer medicine remains somewhat controversial. Some studies have shown remarkable success while others have been less impressive.
The recommended dose is high, so this therapy should be medically supervised, especially since Tagamet (cimetidine) can interact with a number of other medications.
Here are some other stories people have shared on our website about cimetidine vs. warts:
“My son battled warts for years. They were on the bottoms of his feet, under his thumb nail, and a really big one on his knee. WE used all of the compound W solutions and even had the one on his knee burned of by the dermatologist twice and it kept coming back.
“Then a student at my school told me that his doctor recommended Tagamet and by taking 2 a day (one in the morning and one at night) within a month they were all gone. We tried this over a year ago and to this day my son is still wart free!!
“It took about a month but ALL of the warts shrank totally away and never came back. I did continue giving him the 2 pills a day for 2 more weeks after the warts were gone and they have never come back. I don’t know why it works but it does!”
“Many years ago in 1980 I had 3 huge plantar warts on the bottom of my left foot with many little ones even on the toes. I tried everything to get rid of them and nothing worked. Cut them out repeatedly and put everything I could think of on them. The doctor even tried burning them off OUCH. Again they all kept coming back.
“Well while I was at college I got a stomach ulcer (had a brother who was 22 dying from cancer at the same time. Hmm wonder why I got a stomach ulcer at 19) and the doctor put me on Tagament 400 mg 3x a day. Until I read this site I never knew that was the reason that my plantar warts just all of a sudden were gone and in the last 30 years have never returned. No scars and one of them was the size of a quarter on the ball of my foot.”
Not everyone everyone is successful with Tagamet (cimetidine). We cannot explain why this approach works for some but not others. Then again, dermatologists cannot explain why freezing or buying off warts works for some patients but not others.
To learn more about other remedies for overcoming warts (plantar or “regular”) you may want to check out our book, The People’s Pharmacy Quick & Handy Home Remedies. Starting on page 220 you will find out how to use some amazing approaches including:
• Bacon Fat
• Banana Peel
• Duct Tape
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