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Aldara Cream is used for the treatment of genital warts. When applied directly to the affected skin, Aldara boosts the immune system.

See Aldara Cream Sachets Patient Information Leaflet

Last PIL Review Date: 11/03/2019

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Aldara Cream is used for the treatment of genital warts. When applied directly to the affected skin, Aldara boosts the immune system.

See Aldara Cream Sachets Patient Information Leaflet

Last PIL Review Date: 11/03/2019


What is Aldara? 

Aldara, also known as Imiquimod, is a topical cream typically used to treat certain types of skin growths – most commonly, genital warts. Aldara works as an immune response modifier, and it works by helping to stimulate the body’s natural defences to fight these abnormal skin growths.  


How to take Aldara?

The frequency and duration of application differs for each condition.


External genital warts in adults:

Aldara cream should be applied three times per week at paced out intervals, such as Monday, Wednesday and Friday, prior to normal sleeping hours. The cream needs to stay on the skin between 6 to 10 hours. The application of the cream should continue until the visible genital or perianal warts have cleared, or for a maximum of 16 weeks per episode of warts.

Superficial basal cell carcinoma in adults:

Aldara cream should be applied for 6 weeks, 5 times per week prior to regular sleeping hours, and left on the skin for around 8 hours.

Actinic keratosis in adults

Treatment for this condition should be initiated and monitored by a registered physician. Aldara cream should be applied 3 times per week for four weeks, prior to regular sleeping hours, and left on the skin for around 8 hours.


Precautions with Aldara?

This product may include inactive ingredients that can cause an allergic reaction or health issues. Before using aldara, tell your doctor or pharmacist of any recent or unhealed surgery on the area being treated, immune system problems including HIV infection, complications of bone marrow or organ transplants (including chronic graft-versus-host disease) and autoimmune diseases, including rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma and lupus.

Aldara can make you more sensitive to the sun, so limit your exposure and avoid tanning booths and sunlamps. If you get sun burned or develop redness or blisters, contact your doctor straight away.

During the treatment of genital or anal warts, avoid all sexual contact while the cream is on the skin. Aldara can weaken condoms, diaphragms and dental dams, so they may not be as effective at prevent the spread of STIs and pregnancy.

 Aldara should only be used when absolutely necessary if pregnant or breastfeeding – discuss the risks with your doctor before using this medication.


Side effects of Aldara?

Treatment with Aldara may cause:

  • redness
  • swelling
  • itching
  • burning
  • pain or tenderness
  • thickening or hardening of the skin
  • peeling, flaking, scabbing or leaking a clear fluid
  • changes in the colour of the skin
  • flu-like symptoms, including tiredness, achey muscles and fever
  • cough
  • diarrhoea
  • nausea
  • back pain

If these symptoms occur, or if you experience a severe skin reaction in the form of sores, blisters or bleeding, contact your doctor or pharmacist immediately for advice.


How do I buy Aldara online?

To legally and safely purchase Aldara, you need a prescription from a General Medical Council (GMC) registered doctor. Our online service allows you to do this quickly and easily, from the comfort of your own home by submitting a completed consultation form to one of our GMC doctors.

 Once you’ve chosen your medication and submitted the relevant information, one of our doctors will review the request and, if it is deemed appropriate for you, accepted. Your prescription will then be issues and dispensed by our UK-based pharmacy with full tracking to your chosen address. Medicines are typically dispatched within 24 hours of the order being received.

Dosage instructions
Apply THREE times a week until lesions resolve. (Maximum 16 weeks). To be applied thinly at night.