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.

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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...