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Generic name: sinecatechins (topical) [SIN-e-KAT-e-kins-TOP-i-kal]sinecatechins (topical)

Drug classes: anorectal preparations, topical anti-infectives

What is Veregen?

Veregen, a tea-leaf herbal product, is made of green tea.Veregen ointment can be used to treat anal warts and genital warts. This medication is only for warts that are outside the genitals or around the outside anus. This medicine is not to be used inside the vagina (vaginal opening), cervix (cervix), rectum, or urethra.

Veregen is not a cure for genital warts or anal warts. You may get new warts after or during treatment. Veregen does not prevent you from spreading warts to others through sexual contact or skin-to-skin contact.


Tell your doctor if, before using Veregen ointment, you have the human papillomavirus (HPV), HIV/AIDS, or a weakened immune system.

Veregen does not treat genital warts or anal warts. It will also not prevent you from spreading warts through skin-to-skin or sexual contact. Veregen does not treat warts on the genital area that are caused by HPV.

Continue to use the ointment for as long as it takes your warts to disappear. This medication should not be used for more than 16 weeks, unless your doctor has prescribed it.Please read all the instructions on the label or package of your medication. Inform your healthcare provider about your medical conditions, your allergies, and the medicines you are using.

Before you take this drug

Veregen should not be used if you have an allergy to sinecatechins.

Tell your doctor about any of the following to ensure Veregen will be safe for you:

  • A weak immune system, caused by a disease or certain medicines.
  • Green tea allergy

Veregen is in FDA pregnancy category C. There is no information on whether Veregen can harm an unborn child. If you plan to get pregnant or are already pregnant, tell your doctor.

Sinecatechins may pass into breast milk, but it is unknown if they could harm a baby who is nursing. You should tell your doctor if your baby is breastfed.This medicine should not be given to anyone younger than 18 without consulting a doctor.

How to take Veregen?

Veregen is typically applied three times a day. Please follow all the instructions on the prescription label. Use this medication only as directed. Do not exceed the recommended dosage or use it for longer.Veregen may be prescribed by your doctor after a pap smear or through other medical tests.

This medicine should not be taken by mouth. Veregen ointment should only be used on the skin. Use only on closed wounds.Before and after applying the ointment, wash your hands.Only apply a small amount to each wart. Apply the ointment to each wart, leaving a thin coating. Don't rub it in.Avoid covering the warts in any way, including with bandages or sanitary napkins.Wear loose clothing over the area where treatment has taken place.

Do not wash the ointment off before applying the next dose. Reapply after swimming, bathing, or showering.To avoid accidentally putting medicine in your vagina, you should wash the ointment off before inserting the tampon. Reapply the ointment following tampon use.The ointment should be used on a penis that has not been circumcised. Men who use it must wash their foreskin every day.

Continue using this medication until all warts are gone.This medicine should not be used for more than 16 weeks. If your warts don't disappear or go away but then return after treatment, call your doctor.Veregen can cause stains on light-coloured clothes or sheets. Avoid getting ointment on these surfaces. Wear dark-coloured clothing to avoid unwanted stains.Store away from moisture or heat at room temperature. When not in use, keep the tube tightly sealed.Store the ointment either in the fridge or on the counter. Do not freeze.

Details on dosage

Adult dose for Condylomata acuminata:

Apply topically to the affected area three times per day.

What happens if I miss the dose?

As soon as you recall, take the missed dose. If your next scheduled dosage is approaching, skip the missed dose. You should not take extra medicine to compensate for a missed dose.

What happens if I overdose?

Overdoses of Veregen are not considered dangerous. If anyone accidentally swallows the medication, seek emergency medical care or call Poison Help at 1-800-222-1222.

How to take Veregen?

Do not get this medicine into your eyes, nose, or mouth. Also, do not put it in the rectum (vagina), urethra, or vaginal canal.After applying the ointment, avoid touching the skin or allowing anyone else to touch it.

Avoid exposure to artificial UV rays, such as sunlamps and tanning beds.Veregen should not be used on areas that are already treated with other skin or medicine products.Veregen should not be applied to the skin. Even if you're using a condom, wash off the ointment prior to sexual activity. The ointment could weaken latex and cause a condom to break.

This medicine does not stop you from transmitting genital warts or anal lesions to someone else during sexual contact or skin-to-skin contact. Speak to your doctor about the best ways to avoid genital warts being transmitted during sexual activity.

Side effects of Veregen

If you experience any of the following symptoms of an allergic reaction, seek immediate medical attention: hives, difficulty breathing, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue, or swelling in your throat.

If you experience:

  • Severe redness or swelling on the treated skin
  • Severe burning, itching, or pain
  • There may be painful blisters or sores where the ointment has been applied.

Common Veregen side effects may include:

  • Mild redness or burning on the treated skin
  • Mild pain, itching, or discomfort.

There may be other side effects. For medical advice on side effects, call your doctor. The FDA can be contacted at 1-800-FDA-1088 to report side effects.

Interaction with other drug

Veregen is unlikely to interact with other drugs that you inject or take orally. Many drugs interact. Inform your healthcare providers of all the medicines you take, including vitamins, herbal products, prescriptions, over-the-counter medications, and other drugs.