Aldara is a medicinal cream, used in the treatment of genital warts.
When applied directly to the genital warts, this medication works by helping your body’s own immune system to produce natural substances which help fight the HPV virus that has caused your warts.
Part of a group of sexually transmitted infections, Genital warts are caused by a particular strain of HPV. They can cause pain, discomfort and itching and left untreated, can be spread to other people.
Using Aldara to clear genital warts restores health and normality to daily life and sex life.
Aldara is a prescription-only medication. Always follow the advice of your doctor and read the patient information leaflet provided in the medication packet.
Before applying the cream, wash the affected area with soap and water and then dry well. Open a new sachet and squeeze the cream onto your finger and rub into the affected area until the product has been absorbed. Wash your hands well and dispose of any leftover product. Then leave it for 6-10 hours (overnight) and don’t shower or bathe after application.
If you are showing symptoms for or being treated for genital warts then you should not engage in sexual contact with anyone because of the risk of passing it on and spreading the disease.
Aldara contains the active ingredient of imiquimod, at a concentration of 12.5mg in 250mg cream.
The standard dose is treatment 3 times a week, until your genital warts have gone. Your warts could disappear in as a little as 4 weeks, but usually treatment lasts for 8 or 12 weeks. However, you should not exceed 16 weeks of treatment.
If you forget to complete your Aldara treatment then simply apply it as soon as you remember. However, this should never be more than once in any given day.
If you use more Aldara than you should, or apply it in the wrong place then you should wash the area with soap and water. If someone happens to ingest some of the cream then contact your nearest doctor or emergency department as soon as possible.
Before taking Aldara, you should always first consult your doctor. You should not take Aldara if any of the following apply to you:
Your prescription of Aldara may also be affected by a number of other factors, so you should make your doctor aware if any of the following apply:
Like many medications with active ingredients, Aldara can affect or be affected by other medicines. You should let your doctor know of any medications (prescription or over the counter) that you are currently taking.
If you have ever had genital warts or are currently being treated for it then you should always practice safe sex by using condoms. If you have genital sores or blisters then you should avoid having sex entirely, until they have been treated.
The most common side effects of using Aldara include:
If you do experience one or more of these side effects and they persist or worsen, then inform your doctor right away. You should also contact your doctor immediately if you experience any serious side effects.
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