Aldara Cream (Imiquimod 5%)

What is Aldara Cream

Aldara is imiquimod cream 5% for external use, homogeneous, from white to light yellow.

What is aldara cream used for

  • Genital warts, on the external genital area in men and women
  • Keratosis, actinic
  • Basal cell carcinoma, small superficial (small skin tumor)

There are several agents that can cause disease. Only the doctor can decide whether the medicine is effective against the infection.

Aldara cream ingredients

Active ingredients: 12.50 mg imiquimod

Auxiliary materials: Benzyl alcohol; Stearyl alcohol; Isostearic acid; Xanthan gum; Cetyl alcohol; Water, purified; Vaseline, white; Methyl 4-hydroxybenzoate; Propyl 4-hydroxybenzoate; Polysorbate 60; Sorbitan stearate; Glycerol.

How does aldara cream of the medicine work?

The active ingredient intervenes in the body's own immune system. As a result, the body can better defend itself against intruders such as viruses. The active ingredient also intervenes to regulate the body's own cells growing in an uncontrolled manner.

Dosage

The following dosage recommendations are given - it is best to discuss the dosage for your specific illness with your doctor:

How to use aldara cream for genital warts

For genital warts and akinetic keratosis:

adult

  • Single dose: a sufficient amount
  • Total dose: 3 times a week (2-3 days apart)
  • Time: before going to bed
  • During and up to 2 days after the treatment, only protected sexual intercourse with latex-free condoms should take place.

For basal cell carcinoma:

adult

  • Single dose: a sufficient amount
  • Total dose: 5 times a week
  • Time: before going to bed

Aldara cream instructions for use

The total dose should not be exceeded without consulting a doctor or pharmacist.

Apply the medicine to the affected skin area (s). Before doing this, clean the affected area.

Genital warts: leave the medicine on for 6-10 hours and then wash it off.

Basal cell carcinoma, keratosis: leave the medicine on for 8 hours and then wash it off.

Wash your hands thoroughly after use.

How long does it take

Genital warts: The drug should be used 3 days a week, for a maximum of 16 weeks.

Basal cell carcinoma: The drug should be used 5 days a week for 6 weeks, up to a maximum of 12 weeks.

Keratosis: The drug should be used on 3 alternating days per week for 4 weeks, up to a maximum of 8 weeks.

Overdose

If the drug is used as described, no symptoms of overdose are known. If in doubt, contact your doctor.

Pay attention to a conscientious dosage, especially with infants, small children and the elderly. If in doubt, ask your doctor or pharmacist about any effects or precautionary measures.

A dosage prescribed by a doctor may differ from the information on the package insert. Since the doctor will tailor them individually, you should therefore use the medicine according to his instructions.

Side Effects

Side effects are undesirable effects that can occur if the drug is used as intended.

What adverse effects may occur?

  • Hypersensitivity reactions of the skin and mucous membranes, such as:
    • skin rash
    • Burning or stinging on the skin
    • itching
    • Reddening of the skin
    • Flaking of the skin
    • Inflammatory reactions of the skin
    • Superficial hair follicle inflammation (folliculitis)
  • Tissue damage
  • Water retention (edema)
  • Gastrointestinal complaints such as:
    • nausea
    • Vomit
    • Diarrhea
    • stomach pain
    • Dry mouth
    • Loss of appetite
  • Headache
  • fatigue
  • sleepiness
  • Drowsiness
  • insomnia
  • depressions
  • irritability
  • Tinnitus (ringing in the ears)
  • sweat
  • Lymphadenitis (inflammatory swelling of the lymph nodes)
  • Muscle aches
  • Joint pain
  • General weakness
  • Infections with other viruses, bacteria or fungi such as:
    • Herpes virus infection
    • Vaginal infections
    • Respiratory infections

If you notice any disturbances or changes during treatment, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

For the information at this point, side effects that occur in at least one in 1,000 patients treated are primarily taken into account.

Warnings

If you want to use the cream to treat genital warts, pay particular attention to thorough intimate hygiene and do not use the cream if you have open ulcers in the genital area. The cream must not be used to treat internal genital warts. This is especially true for women, because contact with the mucous membranes must be avoided as a matter of urgency. Even patients with weak immune systems should not buy imiquimod cream and use it to treat their skin conditions.

If inflammation or infection develops during treatment, discontinuing use of Aldara cream should be considered.

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