Aldara Cream is made up of Imiquimod, which is an immune response modifier. You are able to purchase both the brand and generic version in 5% strength.
This medication is used for treating growths on the skin which include;
Precancerous growths (actinic keratoses) Skin cancer (superficial basal cell carcinoma)
These conditions occur when the skin has endured too much sun exposure resulting in the outermost layer of skin being damaged.Warts (outside genitals/anus)
This medication works by activating your immune system to help fight the growths. This medication does not cure these conditions but help minimize the complications that follow.
Aldara side effects may include:
mild skin irritation, itching, dryness, flaking, scabbing, crusting, redness, or hardening of the skin where the medicine was applied;
changes in the color of treated skin;
headache, dizziness, chest pain, back pain;
cold sores, fever blisters;
cold symptoms such as stuffy nose, sneezing, sore throat;
nausea, diarrhea, loss of appetite; or
vaginal itching or discharge.
Aldara Cream, how long does it take to work?
This medication generally takes 8 to 10 weeks before you may notice any difference. However some patients have reported it working as soon as 4 weeks into the treatment.
What is Aldara Cream for?
Aldara Cream is used to treat various types of skin growth, such as precancerous growths, a skin cancer called superficial basal cell carcinoma, and warts on the outside of the genitals or anus. By treating these diseases you can decrease the chance of getting further complications from them. So how does imiquimod work? When applied, this medication is believed to work by assisting your immune system to activate and to fight off these abnormal skin growths. This medication only comes in the singular strength of 5%. If you have any questions regarding this medication or any inquiries in general, feel free to give us a call at our toll free number 1-877-385-8998.
How to use Aldara Cream?
As to how to use imiquimod, you should wash your hands and the troubled area before applying any of the medication to the affected area. Dry your hands and the area well afterwards. Then apply a thin layer of the medication on the area and gently rub it in. Make sure to wash your hands afterwards. Also do not cover the affected area with any bandages or waterproof coverings. However, if approved by your doctor you may cover the area with cotton gauze or wear cotton underwear if treating the genital area.
Where can you buy Aldara Cream?
Medicare unfortunately does not cover this medication, and while you can buy it at your local pharmacy you may also find a more affordable option on an online Canadian Pharmacy such as My Drug Center. We have a starting price of $70.00 for 9 doses.
How long do Imiquimod side effects last?
The skin reactions tend to be at their worst in week 2 and 3 of the treatment. However, the redness is normal and the more sore and red the skin becomes, the better the actual treatment works. Redness and a bit of crusting will persist for around 2 weeks after the treatment course as finished as well.