Aldara Cream (Imiquimod) is used to treat a minor form of skin cancer called superficial basal cell carcinoma. Aldara is also used to treat genital warts that appear on the outside of the body. It does not cure genital warts. Imiquimod belongs to a group of drugs called immune response modifiers. This medication works by helping to activate your immune system to fight these abnormal skin growths. Aldara cream is not recommended for us on children under 12 years of age unless directed by your doctor.
Our Canadian Pharmacy currently offers the brand Aldara Cream Pump from Canada manufactured by Valeant. The generic Imiquimod pump is available from Canada and the Imiquimod 3 dose/sachet is available from India also called Imiquad manufactured by Glenmark. Aldara cream pump and sachet is available in the strength of 5 % cream.
The common side effects of Aldara Cream may include burning, itching, pain or tenderness, peeling, flaking, scabbing or crusting or leaking a clear fluid and thickening or hardening of the skin.
Inform your doctor right away if you have any of the serious side effects may include:
• Chest pain;
• New or unusual skin growths or changes;
• Swollen glands;
• Trouble urinating
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Please call your doctor if you have any further concerns or questions.
You should not use Aldara cream if you are allergic to Imiquimod or if you have any other allergies. Before you start taking this medication, talk to your doctor about your medical history and about all the medications you take including OTC and herbal medications. This medication may make you more sensitive to the sun. Limit your time in the sun and avoid tanning booths and sunlamps. Imiquimod does not destroy the virus but helps eliminate the wart, new warts may for form during treatment. To reduce the risk of spreading HPV to others, use effective barrier protections during all sexual activity. Aldara cream should not be used during pregnancy unless it is clearly needed. Talk to your doctor before breast-feeding.