Aldara Cream is a topical drug used to treat warts, both genital and perianal ones. The patient himself has to apply the cream This cream also ensures that further infection is prevented.
Aldara is a cream. So, it should only be applied topically and not to be taken orally. Do not place on areas near your eyes, lips or nostrils. Apply the product only as instructed by your doctor. Increasing the application will increase the possibility of skin reactions and other side effects. Your doctor will most likely ask you to rub the ointment on the infected area before sleeping. Then, you will wash it off when you wake up.
If you suffer from external genital and perianal warts then you should apply the cream for 6 to 10 hours, once daily, three times a week. The treatment will last until all the warts are gone. There is, however, a maximum duration of 16 weeks. If you suffer from actinic keratoses then you should apply the cream for 8 hours, once daily, two times a week. Again, treatment will last for 16 weeks or until all the symptoms are gone.
Immediately tell your doctor if you suffer from skin irritation or flu-like symptoms during the course of your treatment. Make sure that Aldara cream is thoroughly washed off before engaging in sexual activity, whether anal, genital and oral sex. The cream can reduce the contraceptive capabilities of cervical caps, diaphragms and latex condoms. Inform your doctor if you are pregnant.
As soon as you remember, apply the missed application. However, if it is almost time for the next application, skip the application and proceed to the next scheduled one.
Aldara’s most common side effect is a skin reaction. This skin reaction is characterized by blisters, burning, crusting, changes in skin color, itching, redness, scabbing, sore and swelling, hard and peeling, thickened skin.
Store Aldara Cream at temperatures below 25 degrees Celsius but avoid freezing. Keep the cream enclosed in a tight container, away from the reach of children. Discard expired medication.
If you go over the recommended application or keep using beyond the 16 weeks, you may experience systemic reactions. Immediately seek medical attention when you do.
Make sure you follow your doctor’s exact instructions.