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Dr. Byron Hapner
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Aldara (Overview)

Aldara is a topical anti-viral agent which is a kind of skin-related medication.


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What does aldara (imiquimod) do?

What does aldara (imiquimod) do?

Activates immunity: It is an immune response modifier. It treats genital warts by increasing the activity of the body's immune system to fight off the wart virus. Mechanism of action for aks (precancers) not exactly known but thought to also be related to upregulating the body's immune system to fight off abnormal cells. It is used to treat aks, genitals warts, and superficial basal cell carcinoma. ...Read more

Dr. Byron Hapner
108 doctors shared insights

Aldara (Overview)

Aldara is a topical anti-viral agent which is a kind of skin-related medication.


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Can I use aldara (imiquimod) for aks?

Can I use aldara (imiquimod) for aks?

Yes: Aldara (imiquimod) is a very effective and safe treatment for aks. It can be used to treat a large surface area or a single lesion. Treatment period is usually 8-12 weeks. Recommend staying out of the sun during the treatment period because it makes you more sensitive to the sun and sunburn easier. Side-effects are redness and peeling which can be exacerbated by sun exposure. ...Read more

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Severe sun damaged facial lower lip. Used aldara (imiquimod) 6 wks. Didn't help. Still chapped and bleeding. Need help. Is there surgery to clear tried everything

Severe sun damaged facial lower lip. Used aldara (imiquimod) 6 wks. Didn't help. Still chapped and bleeding. Need help. Is there surgery to clear tried everything

Dermatologist: Id talk to a dermatologist. I was not aware of alara being used for this indication, but where I use it a 6 week course is going to make then soon very inflamed temporarily. ...Read more

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How effective is aldara (imiquimod) cream to cure my warts?

Aldara (imiquimod) cream: Quite effective, usually about 80% of time. However it may take 3 months or so and is expensive. There are numerous other treatments available for foot warts- see your local podiatrist! ...Read more

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Is it safe for individuals with multiple sclerosis to use aldara (imiquimod) cream to treat genital warts?

Is it safe for individuals with multiple sclerosis to use aldara (imiquimod) cream to treat genital warts?

No problem: Am unaware of any adverse reaction in ms pts, and there are no known interactions with the disease modifying treatments. ...Read more

Dr. Amrita Dosanjh
114 doctors shared insights

Imiquimod (Definition)

There is limited data on the safety of imiquimod in pregnancy, while it doesn't appear to have negative effects on the baby, other treatments ...Read more