Q. We gave our 6-year-old daughter a heartburn medicine, cimetidine, for her warts. It's amazing!

After months of visits to the dermatologist, the warts on the back of her hand are gone. She had up to 40 big and tiny warts, and they were starting to spread to her wrist and other hand. Finally, we gave her cimetidine daily for 8 weeks and they just disappeared.

A. The cimetidine (Tagamet) “cure” for warts was first written up in the early 1990s. This was an unusual use; Tagamet was a popular prescription drug for ulcers at that time.

Since then a number of studies have tested such acid-suppressing drugs against warts. Although some research subjects had a good response like your daughter, most of the well-controlled trials showed no benefit over placebo (Annals of Pharmacotherapy, July/Aug., 2007).

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  1. Paul

    I had planters warts covering over 50 percent of the bottoms of my feet. I had dozens of warts on my hands. Tagamet eliminated them all. This after attempt to use all methods including duct tape. Not a placebo. I believe it caused tinnitus though. But worth it.

  2. Maria M.

    I developed lately kind of warts, tiny ones, around my eyes where I put my eyeshadow. I am not happy with that. What am I supposed to do? Go to a dermatologist or use a remedy over the counter? I am in my 60s–any ideas? I trust home remedies…

  3. KAF

    My daughter was also helped by this. She had a number of warts on her feet and hands. About halfway through, the warts had doubled in size, and at the end of the 6-week treatment period they had almost completely disappeared. All of them are gone now, and have not returned in years.

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