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When our son was 11, he had warts on his hands. he took tagamet (cimetidine) orally and this took care of it?

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Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis answered

Specializes in Family Medicine

Tagamet (cimetidine) & warts: There are anecdotal reports of tagamet (cimetidine) eliminating warts. It is known to stimulate t-lymphocytes, which help control viral infections. One small trial in children found tagamet (cimetidine) as effective as the usual topical agents or cryotherapy. But in a more recent double-blind study, it was not found to be significantly more effective than placebo in adults or children. More research needed.

Answered 10/20/2017

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Dr. Fred Birnbaum answered

Specializes in Podiatry

Warts and tagamet (cimetidine): There are both studies and anecdotal reports of tagamet (cimetidine) helping pediatric warts. I have had intermittent success with it, but most pediatric warts respond to chemical destruction painlessly, so i rarely have a need for it.

Answered 9/28/2016

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