A doctor will review your order and write you a prescription, if appropriate. This prescription is then forwarded to a pharmacy. The pharmacy will have your medicine delivered to you within one to three working days. Read more about this process here.
What is Aldara?
Aldara is a medicine that is used to treat genital warts and other skin conditions. The active ingredient imiquimod helps the body to fight the growth of unwanted skin cells. Aldara is only available on prescription.
What is this medicine used for?
Aldara is used to treat genital warts, an STD that produces warts on the genitals or around the anus. Genital warts are caused by the human papilloma virus (HPV) and are highly contagious. Aldara prevents the growth of specific skin cells. This causes the warts to disappear more quickly. Aldara is sometimes prescribed to treat other skin conditions like actinic keratoses (small, rough, brown patches of skin, typically on the face and hands, caused by damage from excessive, long-term exposure to UV radiation) and certain types of skin cancer such as basal cell carcinoma.
How to use Aldara
Wash your hands before applying the cream. Aldara cream should be applied to clean, dry skin. Apply only to the affected areas, not the surrounding skin. Avoid contact with the eyes, nose and mouth. Avoid use on broken skin. Wash hands after use. After you have applied the cream, leave to work for 6 to 10 hours. Showering or bathing should be avoided until it is time to wash the cream off. Remove the cream with mild soap and water after the treatment time is up. Aldara cream comes in single use sachets. Dispose of the sachet immediately after use. Do not re-use a sachet once you have opened it. Note: this cream may damage latex condoms and diaphragms, which could make them less effective at preventing pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections. The cream should be washed of before sexual contact with these contraceptives.
Unless otherwise prescribed by a doctor, the recommended dose for the treatment of genital warts is:
- Adults: apply a thin layer to the warts once a day, three times a week (for example Monday, Wednesday, Friday). The treatment should be continued until the warts are cleared (up to a maximum of 16 weeks per episode of warts).
The treatment of other skin conditions may require a different dose. Read the package leaflet before use.
Treatment with Aldara cream may cause side effects, including:
- Itching or burning at application site.
- Redness, flaking or swelling of skin after application.
- Scabbing and crusting of skin at application site.
- Decrease in skin pigmentation at application site - this may be permanent.
Consult a doctor if these or other side effects are severe. For a complete list of possible side effects, see the package leaflet.
When not to use this medicine
Aldara cream is not suitable for everyone and should not be used if:
- You are allergic to imiquimod or any other ingredient in this medicine.
Consult a doctor on the use of Aldara cream if you have an autoimmune condition. For more information on contraindications and warnings, see the package leaflet.
Aldara cream should not be used by pregnant or breastfeeding women without consulting a doctor first. This medicine does not interact with alcohol or affect your ability to drive safely.