|| Aldara Topical Cream
|| iNova Pharmaceuticals (Aust) Pty Ltd.
What is Aldara Topical Cream?
Aldara Topical Cream containing the active ingredient imiquimod belongs to a class of medication called immune response modifiers. The medication works by increasing the activity of the immune system to fight abnormal skin growths. It can be used to treat certain skin conditions such as actinic keratoses (flat, scaly growths on the skin caused by too much sun exposure) on the face or scalp and superficial basal cell carcinoma (a certain type of skin cancer). Some people may also use it to treat warts on the outside of the genitals or anus.
How is Aldara Topical Cream used?
Aldara Topical Cream should be applied topically once per day or as directed by a doctor. Wash and dry your hands along with the affected area before applying the medication. Apply a thin layer of the cream into the affected area and gently massage it until it disappears. Use a new packet of cream for each use. It is recommended to avoid covering the treated area with bandages or waterproof coverings but cotton gauze or underwear is permitted. Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water to remove any excess cream. The medication can be used to treat abnormal skin growths but cannot cure the conditions.
Patients using Aldara Topical Cream may encounter unwanted side effects such as:
- Redness, itching, burning or bleeding of treated area
- Flaking, scaling, dryness or thickening of the skin
- Skin discoloration
- Cold sores or blisters
- Runny or stuffy nose
- Back pain
- Difficulty breathing or swallowing
Contact a doctor immediately should side effects persist or worsen.
The cream should not be used in patients below the age of 12.
Immediately proceed to your nearest emergency department if you suffer an allergic reaction. Symptoms usually associated with such a reaction include difficulty breathing or swallowing, chest tightness, swelling, skin rashes, and hives.
Aldara Topical Cream is not always suitable for all patients. Always consult your health care provider prior to using this medication if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, trying to conceive, using any other medication (prescription or non-prescription), using any herbal products or supplements, or if you have any allergies or other health problems.
The correct dosage and prescription commonly depend on the patient and the condition being treated. Do not adjust your dosage without the approval of your health care provider. This product is only for use as prescribed and instructed.