Aldara Cream (Imiquimod)
What is Aldara Cream (Imiquimod) used for?
Aldara Cream (Imiquimod) is a topical immunomodulator prescribed to treat genital warts, actinic keratoses, or basal cell carcinoma. The medication operates by stimulating the release of cytokine to attack irregular skin cells. Your doctor may prescribe this medication to be used along with others or for the treatment of other unlisted conditions, as well.
How should I use Aldara Cream (Imiquimod)?
Aldara Cream (Imiquimod) is normally administered once each day to the affected area. To administer the medicine thoroughly rinse and dry the affected area, open one sachet, apply the cream, and gently massage it into the skin. Leave the area uncovered allowing any excess medication to evaporate. Thoroughly wash your hands using soap and water after each use to prevent the medication from contacting any areas not being treated or the mucous membranes. Always ask your doctor any questions you have about using the medicine to ensure the correct administration.
What are the side effects of Aldara Cream (Imiquimod)?
Some patients using Aldara Cream (Imiquimod) have reported experiencing side effects including:
Stop using the medication and contact your doctor as soon as possible if you experience any serious side effects or signs of an allergic reaction including hives, skin rashes, rapid swelling, or difficulty breathing. These conditions may require lower doses, reduced application frequency, or emergency medical attention in serious cases to prevent further health complications from occurring.
Aldara Cream (Imiquimod) should not be applied to skin that is broken or severely damaged. This medication should not be used by patients who are under the age of eighteen or to treat warts appearing inside the genitals. Also inform your doctor if you have a weakened immune system, recent organ transplant, low blood cell counts, systemic lupus, inflammatory skin conditions, or if you are currently taking any immunosuppressant medications. These conditions may lead to unexpected health problems requiring special adjustments to your regimen.
Strictly use Aldara Cream (Imiquimod) as prescribed and follow all instructions provided by your doctor. Safe, suitable, and optimum dosage can vary and is dependent on the patient`s health and medical history, as well as the condition you are treating.
Aldara Cream (Imiquimod) may not be safe or suitable for all patients. Always ensure your doctor is informed if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, using any other type of medication (including non-prescription medicine, vitamins, and supplements), as well as if you have any allergies, other illnesses, or pre-existing medication conditions.
Seek immediate medical attention or proceed to your nearest accident and emergency department if you suffer a hypersensitive or allergic reaction. Symptoms usually present during a reaction of this nature include difficulty breathing or swallowing, swelling of the limbs or face, tight chest, hives, and skin rashes.