Medicis | Aldara (Medication)
Aldara is used to treat actinic keratosis, a condition caused by too much sun exposure, on the face and scalp. It is also used to treat a minor form of skin cancer called superficial basal cell carcinoma, when surgery would not be an appropriate treatment. Aldara also treats genital and perianal warts caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV) in adults, that appear on the outside of the body.
Imiquimod cream belongs to a group of medications called immune response modifiers. It works by stimulating the body’s defenses to fight certain types of skin conditions. Imiquimod may be used in adults and children who are at least 12 years. Use this medication exactly how your health provider advice you….
Aldara: Side Effects
As with any medicine, side effects can occur; these can be mild or severe and may not appear to everybody.
Serious side effects are: an allergic reaction – hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat; side effect such as flu symptoms such as fever, chills, body aches, tired feeling, swollen glands; severe swelling or urination problems; increased blood pressure; open sores or scabs on skin; painful, swollen joints or rash.
Less serious side effects include: mild skin irritation, itching, dryness, flaking, scabbing, crusting, redness, or hardening of the skin where the medicine was applied; changes in the color of treated skin; headache, dizziness, chest pain, back pain; cold sores, fever blisters; nausea, diarrhea, loss of appetite; or vaginal itching or discharge….
Before using Aldara tell your doctor if you are allergic to imiquimod, or to other medicine, food, dye or animal. Also provide information about your medical history especially of: recent/unhealed surgery on the skin area to be treated, immune system problems including HIV infection, a certain complication of bone marrow or some organ transplant, autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma, or lupus.
During the treatment of genital/anal warts, avoid all sexual contact while the cream is on the skin. Also avoid exposure to sunlight or tanning beds and use a sunscreen and wear protective clothing when outdoors.
During pregnancy and breastfeeding is not recommended to use this medicine without your doctor’s advice….