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Dr. Lois Freisleben-Cook
116 doctors shared insights

Imiquimod (Overview)

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 should be tried first.


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What's the difference between imiquimod and topical human interferon alpha-2beta? Can it be more beneficial to apply both concurrently?

What's the difference between imiquimod and topical human interferon alpha-2beta? Can it be more beneficial to apply both concurrently?

Neither: surgical removal is the gold standard. There's not great data on wart viral infection if it isn't visible. If there are visible warts, surgery is the best treatment and there's no data that interferon helps at all, and slight data that Imiquimod lowers recurrence rate after surgery.

There's not much data out there for a role for interferon except maybe in respiratory warts. ...Read more

Dr. Lois Freisleben-Cook
116 doctors shared insights

Imiquimod (Overview)

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 should be tried first.


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Any side effects of imiquimod?

Any side effects of imiquimod?

Generally cutaneous: This immune modulator is used topically in treatment of warts and some skin cancers. Can produce extremely severe skin effects, with blistering bloody lesions. Systemic side effects include secondary fungal infections, flu-like symptoms, enlarged lymph nodes, muscle and back aches, and others. ...Read more

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Do doctors ever prescribe aldara (imiquimod) off label for plantar warts?

Do doctors ever prescribe aldara (imiquimod) off label for plantar warts?

Yes: But it is expensive and is not necessarily any more successful than other treatments. ...Read more

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How long should I use imiquimod to treat genital warts?

As told by your doc: Imiquimod( aldara) works on immune system to help body fight virus ( used in basal cell ca, actinic keratosis also ) usually applied 3 to 4 days a wk for up to16 wks , ask your doctor , has to be under supervision. ...Read more

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Imiquimod has completely cleared all gen. warts after 12 apps.No side effects excpt the usual cell necrosis.How much longer should I continue using?

Imiquimod has completely cleared all gen. warts after 12 apps.No side effects excpt the usual cell necrosis.How much longer should I continue using?

You're done.: I generally recommend continuing Imiquimod until all of the warts are healed, (up to a maximum of 16 weeks), so if the warts are gone, you can stop. If any return, or any new ones develop, repeat the treatment. ...Read more

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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

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Aldara (imiquimod) not working, why?

Patience: You dont say how long you have used the aldara (imiquimod). It can work in as little as3 weeks for labial condyloma, but in some cases can take over four months. Aldara (imiquimod) is effective 87 to 96% of the time, but that means up to 13% will not respond. ...Read more

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What is aldara (imiquimod) used for?

AKs and warts: Aldara (imiquimod) is used most commonly for treatment of aks (actinic keratoses which are precancers). It's also used for treatment of superficial skin cancers such as superficial basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma in-situ but it does not have as high a cure rate as surgery so it is not considered the gold standard for skin cancer. Aldara (imiquimod) is also used for treatment of genital warts. ...Read more

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What conditions can Aldara (imiquimod) treat?

Aldara (imiquimod): genital / rectal warts , actinic keratosis & basal cell carcinoma ...Read more

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Is aldara (imiquimod) medication very expensive?

Yes: Anywhere from $15 to $40 a pack, therefore shop around for the best deal. Usually if you buy in bulk, 12 to 48 paks the price goes down, but still a lot of cost! ...Read more

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How soon should aldara (imiquimod) start working?

Varies: It can take days, weeks, or months. Aldara (imiquimod) works for condyloma about 87% to 95% of the time. ...Read more

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Can I still go in the sun while on aldara (imiquimod)?

Try to avoid sun: Aldara (imiquimod) makes you more sensitized to sun and sunburn easier. Best to apply Aldara (imiquimod) at night and to avoid direct sun exposure during the day during treatment. If you have to go outside, wear a large rimmed hat, lots of sunscreen and keep reapplying every 2 hours, wear uv protective clothing, stay in the shade. ...Read more

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How do I make aldara (imiquimod) more effective? Not sure if it's working.

How do I make aldara (imiquimod) more effective?  Not sure if it's working.

Keep at it: Aldara (imiquimod) cream is a cream that helps the immune system clear certain conditions: indicated for the topical treatment of actinic keratoses on the face, basal cell cancer, and gential warts from hpv. It is by perscription only. It may take several weeks for lesions to clear. Use as directed and keep at it. Example, genital warts may take 8-12weeks to clear. It's worth the wait. ...Read more

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Any side effects of imiquimod?

Generally cutaneous: This immune modulator is used topically in treatment of warts and some skin cancers. Can produce extremely severe skin effects, with blistering bloody lesions. Systemic side effects include secondary fungal infections, flu-like symptoms, enlarged lymph nodes, muscle and back aches, and others. ...Read more

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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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Why was I given aldara (imiquimod) cream?

Aldara (imiquimod): Do you have genital or rectal warts, actinic keratosis or basal cell carcinoma ? ...Read more

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How long should aldara (imiquimod) take to remove warts?

Not known: Like most other wart creams there is no definative answer to how many applications will get rid of the wart. ...Read more

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/is using aldara (imiquimod) cream for the same purpose?

/is using aldara (imiquimod) cream for the same purpose?

Aldara (imiquimod) cream: Gyns prescibe Aldara (imiquimod) cream to treat vulvar condyloma( warts) there are other faster methods to treat them in the office. If you use the vream you have to apply it 3x per week for usually 8-12 weeks and it can cause vulvar irritation. ...Read more

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What to do if I am just curious what aldara (imiquimod) cream?

Aldara (imiquimod): It is used for genital or rectal warts, actinic keratosis or basal cell carcinoma ? ...Read more

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How soon after using aldara (imiquimod) cream should I see results?

Wait for it: The package insert of aldara:
"early clinical clearance cannot be adequately assessed until resolution of local skin reactions (e.g. 12 weeks post-treatment)."

to me, this means it's hard to tell if the stuff is working until you've finished a full course of it, since it induces irritation of the whole area.

The label says it's important to finish the whole course of medicine--stick with it! ...Read more

Dr. Byron Hapner
110 doctors shared insights

Aldara (Definition)

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