Description

Aldara (imiquimod) is a topical cream used to treat skin conditions such as actinic keratosis, basal cell carcinoma, and genital warts. Aldara is also sometimes used to treat other skin conditions such as actinic keratosis and superficial basal cell carcinoma. Aldara may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide. Aldara is available in generic form.

Side Effects

More common

-itching, redness, burning, stinging, warmth, tingling, or irritation where Aldara is applied

-swelling of treated skin

Less common

-blisters, crusting, dryness, flaking, or peeling of the skin

-oozing or drainage from treated skin

-skin rash not present before Aldara treatment

-unusual tiredness or weakness

Aldara can be an effective treatment for certain skin conditions. However, like all medications, it can cause side effects. If you experience any side effects while using Aldara, contact your doctor. They may be able to recommend ways to lessen the side effects.

Dosages

Aldara is available in a cream form. The typical Aldara dosage is applied to the affected area five times per week for six weeks. Treatment should be delayed if there is skin trauma, such as sunburn, or if the skin condition worsens.

For actinic keratosis: For topical Aldara use, the recommended dose is 5% cream applied to the affected area once daily for two consecutive days per week for 16 weeks.

For superficial basal cell carcinoma: For topical Aldara use, the recommended dose is 5% cream applied to the affected area once daily for five consecutive days per week for six weeks.

For genital warts: For topical Aldara use, the recommended dose is 3.75% cream applied to the affected area once daily for three consecutive days per week for up to 16 weeks.

Aldara can be an effective treatment for certain skin conditions. However, like all medications, it can cause side effects. If you experience any side effects while using Aldara, contact your doctor. They may be able to recommend ways to lessen the side effects.

Uses

Aldara is a topical cream used to treat skin conditions such as actinic keratosis, basal cell carcinoma, and genital warts. Aldara is also sometimes used to treat other skin conditions such as actinic keratosis and superficial basal cell carcinoma. Aldara may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.