Aldara Cream (Imiquimod)

What is Aldara?
Aldara Cream (Imiquimod) is used to treat external genital and perianal warts and is different from most other treatments. It is a patient-applied cream that helps the body fight the virus instead of just getting rid of the warts.

This list below outlines common misspellings of Aldara.

  * Aldare, Alldara, Adaira, Aldaira, Alldarea, Eldara

What are the side effects of Aldara?
The most common side effects include inflammation, swelling, burning, pain, itching or scabbing. Talk with your doctor or pharmacist if any of these occur and become uncomfortable or intolerable.

How do I take Aldara?
Use it exactly as the doctor prescribed it. Aldara is to be applied at bedtime for 3 days each week. It should be left on for 6-10 hours then washed off with mild soap and water. This treatment is repeated at weekly intervals for a maximum of 4 weeks.

What if I miss a dose?
Apply the missed dose of cream as soon as you remember and then continue on the regular schedule.

Are there any drug interactions with Aldara?
Tell your doctor of all nonprescription and prescription medication you use. Do not start or stop any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval.

Is there any additional information about Aldara that I should know?
Sexual contact should be avoided while the cream is on the skin. If you decide to have sexual relations, apply Aldara cream after - not before - sexual activity. If you have already applied the cream, it should be washed off before sexual activity. In addition, Aldara cream may weaken condoms and diaphragms; therefore the cream should not be left on during sexual activity. The effect of Aldara cream on the transmission of genital warts is unknown.

How do I store Aldara?
Store Aldara at room temperature away from moisture and heat. Always keep all prescription medications out of the reach of children.

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