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A 28-year-old male asked:

Is aldara (imiquimod) for warts considerded a safe treatment? what side effects should i be aware of? are there any medicines i should not take with it?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. John Chiu
Allergy and Immunology 58 years experience
Works well: Even though it may cause some transient irritation or inflammation as the result of an activated immune response.
Dr. Garrett Norvell
Emergency Medicine 14 years experience
Yes: Hi! Aldara is considered safe (risks outweighed by benefits for many patients), though not for people w/ autoimmune or immunesuppression. Common side effects incl: local redness/itching, ulcers & swelling. There are many less-common effects ( http://reference.medscape.com/drug/aldara-zyclara-imiquimod-343508#4 ) Avoid sex while cream is on skin. Avoid/minimize sunlight.

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