Aldara Cream (Imiquimod)
What is Aldara Cream (Imiquimod) used for?
Aldara Cream (Imiquimod) is a topical immune response modifier prescribed to treat actinic keratosis or basal cell carcinomas. The medication boosts the immune system to fight and destroy any unusual cell growth that surgery would not be an appropriate treatment for. This action may also make it useful for eliminating external genital warts. Your physician may prescribe it for other unlisted purposes, as well.
How should I use Aldara Cream (Imiquimod)?
Use Aldara Cream (Imiquimod) according to your physician's instructions to get the most effective results from treatment. The typical dosage is one daily application, but your particular directions will be determined by the condition being treated, your current health, and the severity of your symptoms. Thoroughly rinse the area being treated before administration to remove any loose skin or dirt. Tear open the sachet, squeeze the cream onto the area, and gently massage it into the skin. Allow any excess cream to evaporate and wash your hands with soap and water to prevent the medication from contacting any areas not being treated or mucous membranes. Ask your physician any questions you have about using the medication to ensure the correct administration.
What are the side effects of Aldara Cream (Imiquimod)?
Side effects that may occur while using Aldara Cream (Imiquimod) include:
More serious side effects that may require emergency medical attention are severe flu symptoms, fever, severe skin reactions, or signs of an allergic reaction such as unusual swelling, hives, or trouble breathing. Contact your physician as soon as you experience any unusual or worrying symptoms to make sure the correct adjustments are made to your dosage or application frequency to prevent further complications from occurring.
Do not apply to Aldara Cream (Imiquimod) to skin that is broken, severely damaged, or close to mucous membranes as this may cause unexpected health problems. Do not begin using the cream if the patient is under the age of eighteen or if you have warts appearing inside the genitals or anus. Also inform your physician if you are taking immunosuppressant medications, have an autoimmune condition, low blood cell counts, inflammatory skin conditions, if you have had a recent organ transplant, or if you are a male with warts appearing under the foreskin. These conditions may cause unexpected problems during treatment requiring special adjustments to your regimen.
Strictly follow all instructions provided to you by your physician or pharmacist while using Aldara Cream (Imiquimod). Optimum and safe dosage can differ based on the patient and the condition being treated.
As this medication may be unsafe for certain patients, it is essential you always inform your physician if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, as well as if you have any allergies, other illnesses, or ongoing health conditions, and if you are taking any other form of medication, supplements, or herbal products.
Immediately seek emergency medical care if you have an allergic or hypersensitive reaction. Common signs of a reaction include hives, swelling, skin rashes, chest pains, as well as trouble breathing or swallowing.