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Aldara (imiquimod) 5% Sachets

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Aldara Cream activates your immune system to help your body fight certain skin diseases, including actinic keratosis, superficial basal cell carcinoma, and external genital warts. Each sachet contains 12.5 mg of imiquimod in 250 mg cream (5 %). This is a prescription only product.

Aldara (Imiquimod) 5% Sachets work with your body’s own immune system to make natural substances which help fight your basal cell carcinoma, actinic keratosis or the virus that has caused your warts. Aldara cream may be used for three different conditions. Your doctor may prescribe Aldara cream for the treatment of:

  1. Warts (condylomata acuminata) on the surface of the genitals (sexual organs) and around the anus (back passage)
  2. Superficial basal cell carcinoma. This is a common slow-growing form of skin cancer with a very small likelihood of spread to other parts of the body. It usually occurs in middle-aged and elderly people, especially those who are fair-skinned and is caused by too much sun exposure. If left untreated, basal cell carcinoma can disfigure, especially on the face – therefore early recognition and treatment are important.
  3. Actinic keratosis. Actinic keratoses are rough areas of skin found in people who have been exposed to a lot of sunshine over the course of their lifetime. Some are skin coloured, others are greyish, pink, red or brown. They can be flat and scaly, or raised, rough, hard and warty. Aldara should only be used for flat actinic keratoses on the face and scalp in patients with a healthy immune system where your doctor has decided that Aldara is the most appropriate treatment for you.

How Aldara Works

Aldara Cream works from within by activating the body's own immune system. When Aldara Cream is applied to the skin, immune cells are activated and travel to the area. For example, in the case of genital warts, the activated immune cells work to eliminate cells that have been infected with the human papillomavirus (HPV) that causes the warts.


What is actinic keratosis?

An actinic keratosis (AK) is a flat, scaly growth on the skin that usually forms on parts of the body that are exposed to direct sunlight. AKs can be any shape and are skin-coloured, reddish-brown, or yellowish-black in colour. They range in size from as small as a pinhead to more than an inch across. The surface of the AK is dry and rough to the touch. Occasionally, an AK may itch or feel prickly, especially after sun exposure.

AKs are most commonly found in fair-skinned people who have spent a lot of time in the sun. If AKs are not treated, 10% to 15% may develop into a form of skin cancer called squamous cell cancer.


What is superficial basal cell carcinoma?

Superficial basal cell carcinoma (sBCC) is the most common form of skin cancer, but it is readily treatable if identified and treated early. A sBCC lesion may appear as a new growth on the skin, as an open sore that fails to heal, or as a change in appearance of an old growth on the skin.

These lesions are usually not painful and may have different shapes and colours. Skin changes to look for include the following:

  • A small, smooth, shiny lump that may be pale
  • or waxy
  • A firm, red lump
  • A sore or lump that bleeds or is covered by a scab
  • A red or brown patch that is rough or scaly and may itch or become tender
Because sBCC lesions vary widely in appearance, you should ask your doctor to check any suspicious spots. You may be referred to a dermatologist, a doctor who is specially trained in the diagnosis and treatment of skin problems.

What Are Genital and Perianal Warts?

Genital and perianal warts are growths or bumps that appear around the entrance of the vagina or anus or on the penis, scrotum, groin, or thigh.

Genital warts may be raised or flat and occur singly or in groups. They can be small or large. They may be cauliflower shaped and are most often flesh coloured and painless.

Aldara uses

How to use the cream

Side effects

Precautions

Aldara (Imiquimod) 5% Sachets directions for use:

Always use Aldara cream exactly as your doctor has told you. Check with your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure. Wash hands carefully before and after applying the cream. Do not cover the treated area with bandages or other dressings after you have applied Aldara cream.

Open a new sachet each time you use the cream. Dispose of any cream left in the sachet after use. Do not save the opened sachet for use at a later date. The treatment frequency and duration differ for genital warts, basal cell carcinoma and actinic keratosis (see specific instructions for each indication). 


If you are being treated for genital warts: Application Instructions – (Mon, Wed and Fri)

1. Before going to bed, wash your hands and the treatment area with mild soap and water. Dry thoroughly.

2. Open a new sachet and squeeze some cream onto your fingertip.

3. Apply a thin layer of Aldara cream onto clean, dry wart area and rub gently into the skin until cream vanishes.

4. After application of the cream, throw away the opened sachet and wash hands with soap and water.

5. Leave Aldara cream on the warts for 6 to 10 hours. Do not shower or bathe during this time.

6. After 6 to 10 hours wash the area where Aldara cream was applied with mild soap and water.

Apply Aldara cream 3 times per week. For example, apply the cream on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. One sachet contains enough cream to cover a wart area of 20 cm2 (approx. 3 square inches).

Men with warts under the foreskin should pull the foreskin back each day and wash underneath it (see section 2 “Take special care with Aldara cream:”).

Continue to use Aldara cream as instructed until your warts have completely gone (half the females who clear will do so in 8 weeks, half the males who clear will do so in 12 weeks but in some patients warts may clear as early as 4 weeks).

Do not use Aldara cream for more than 16 weeks in the treatment of each episode of warts.

If you have the impression that the effect of Aldara cream is too strong or too weak, talk to your doctor or pharmacist. 

If you are being treated for basal cell carcinoma: Application Instructions – (Mon, Tues, Wed, Thurs and Fri)

1. Before going to bed, wash your hands and the treatment area with mild soap and water. Dry thoroughly.

2. Open a new sachet and squeeze some cream onto your fingertip.

3. Apply Aldara cream to the affected area and 1cm (approx. 0.5 inch) around the affected area. Rub gently into the skin until the cream vanishes.

4. After application of the cream, throw away the opened sachet. Wash hands with soap and water.

5. Leave Aldara cream on the skin for about 8 hours. Do not shower or bathe during this time.

6. After about 8 hours, wash the area where Aldara cream was applied with mild soap and water.

Apply sufficient Aldara cream to cover the treatment area and 1 cm (about half an inch) around the treatment area each day for 5 consecutive days each week for 6 weeks. For example, apply the cream from Monday to Friday. Do not apply the cream on Saturday and Sunday.


If you are being treated for actinic keratosis: Application Instructions – (Mon, Wed and Fri)

1. Before going to bed, wash your hands and the treatment area with mild soap and water. Dry thoroughly.

2. Open a new sachet and squeeze some cream onto your fingertip.

3. Apply the cream to the affected area. Rub gently into the area until the cream vanishes.

4. After application of the cream, throw away the opened sachet. Wash hands with soap and water.

5. Leave Aldara cream on the skin for about 8 hours. Do not shower or bathe during this time.

6. After about 8 hours, wash the area where Aldara cream was applied with mild soap and water.

Apply Aldara cream 3 times per week. For example, apply the cream on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. One sachet contains enough cream to cover an area of 25 cm2 (approx. 4 square inches). Continue treatment for four weeks. Four weeks after finishing this first treatment, your doctor will assess your skin. If the lesions have not all disappeared, a further four weeks of treatment may be necessary. 

If you use more Aldara cream than you should: Wash the extra away with mild soap and water. When any skin reaction has gone you may then continue with your treatment. If you accidentally swallow Aldara cream please contact your doctor. 

If you forget to use Aldara cream: If you miss a dose, apply cream as soon as you remember and then continue in your regular schedule. Do not apply the cream more than once per day.

If you have any further questions on the use of this product, ask your doctor or pharmacist. 

Aldara (imiquimod) 5% Sachets warnings:

  • Do not use Aldara cream if you are allergic to imiquimod (the active ingredient) or any of the ingredients of the cream.
  • If you have previously used Aldara cream or other similar preparations tell your doctor before starting this treatment.
  • Tell your doctor if you have problems with your immune system.
  • Do not use Aldara cream until the area to be treated has healed after previous drug or surgical treatment.
  • Avoid contact with the eyes, lips and nostrils. In the event of accidental contact, remove cream by rinsing with water.
  • Do not apply the cream internally.
  • Do not use more cream than your doctor has advised.
  • Do not cover the treated area with bandages or other dressings after you have applied Aldara cream.
  • If the treated site becomes too uncomfortable, wash the cream off with mild soap and water. As soon as the problem has stopped you may restart to apply the cream.
  • Tell your doctor if you have an abnormal blood count.
  • Because of the way Aldara works, there is a possibility that the cream may worsen existing inflammation in the treatment area.

If you are being treated for genital warts follow these additional precautions: Men with warts under the foreskin should pull the foreskin back each day and wash underneath it. If not washed daily the foreskin may be more likely to show signs of tightness, swelling and wearing away of the skin and result in difficulty in pulling it back. If these symptoms occur, stop the treatment immediately and call your doctor.

If you have open sores do not start using Aldara cream until after the sores have healed.

If you have internal warts: do not use Aldara cream in the urethra (the hole from which urine is passed), the vagina (birth canal), the cervix (internal female organ), or anywhere inside your anus (rectum).

Do not use this medication for more than one course if you have problems with your immune system, either due to illness or because of the medicines you are already taking. If you think this applies to you talk to your doctor.

If you are HIV positive you should inform your doctor as Aldara cream has not been shown to be as effective in HIV positive patients. If you decide to have sexual relations while you still have warts, apply Aldara cream after - not before - sexual activity. Aldara cream may weaken condoms and diaphragms, therefore the cream should not be left on during sexual activity. Remember, Aldara cream does not protect against giving HIV or other sexually transmitted diseases to someone else.

If you are being treated for basal cell carcinoma or actinic keratosis follow these additional precautions:

Do not use sunlamps or tanning beds, and avoid sunlight as much as possible during treatment with Aldara cream. Wear protective clothing and wide brimmed hats when outdoors.

Whilst using Aldara cream and until healed, the treatment area is likely to appear noticeably different from normal skin.

Using other medicines: Please inform your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking or have recently taken any other medicines, including those obtained without a prescription. There are no medicines known to be incompatible with Aldara cream.

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice before taking any medicine. You must tell your doctor if you are pregnant or intend to become pregnant. Your doctor will discuss the risks and benefits of using Aldara cream during pregnancy. Studies in animals do not indicate direct or indirect harmful effects in pregnancy. Do not breast-feed your infant during treatment with Aldara cream, as it is not known whether imiquimod is secreted in human milk.

Important information about some of the ingredients of Aldara cream: Methyl hydroxybenzoate (E218) and propyl hydroxybenzoate (E216) may cause allergic reactions (possibly delayed). Cetyl and stearyl alcohol may cause local skin reactions (e.g. contact dermatitis).

You should carefully read all product packaging and labels prior to use

<p><strong><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><span style="font-size: x-small;">Aldara (Imiquimod) 5% Sachets </span></span></strong><strong style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">Possible side effects - </span></strong></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">Like all medicines, Aldara cream can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them.</span><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">Tell your doctor or pharmacist as soon as possible if you do not feel well while you are using Aldara cream. Some patients have experienced changes in skin colour in the area where Aldara cream was applied. While these changes have tended to improve with time, in some patients they may be permanent. If your skin reacts badly when using Aldara cream, stop applying the cream, wash the area with mild soap and water and contact your doctor or pharmacist.</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;">&nbsp;</p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">I</span><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">n some individuals a lowering of blood counts was noted. A lowering of blood counts might make you more susceptible to infections, make you bruise more easily or cause fatigue. If you notice any of these symptoms, tell your doctor. Serious skin reactions have been reported rarely. If you experience skin lesions or spots on your skin that start out as small red areas and progress to look like mini targets, possibly with symptoms such as itching, fever, overall ill feeling, achy joints, vision problems, burning, painful or itchy eyes and mouth sores, stop using Aldara cream and tell your doctor immediately.</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">&nbsp;</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">A small number of patients have experienced hair loss at the treatment site or surrounding area.</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">If any of the side effects gets serious, or if you notice any side effects not mentioned in this leaflet, please tell your doctor or pharmacist.</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">&nbsp;</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">If you are being treated for genital warts: Many of the undesirable effects of Aldara cream are due to its local action on your skin. Common effects include redness (61% patients), wearing away of the skin (30% patients), flakiness and swelling. Hardening under the skin, small open sores, a crust that forms during healing, and small bubbles under the skin may also occur. You might also feel itching (32% patients), a burning sensation (26% patients) or pain in areas where you have applied Aldara cream (8% patients). Most of these skin reactions are mild and the skin will return to normal within about 2 weeks after stopping treatment.</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">&nbsp;</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">Less commonly some patients (4% or less) have experienced headache, fevers and flu like symptoms joint and muscle pains; prolapse of the womb; pain on intercourse in females; erection difficulties; increase in sweating; feeling sick; stomach and bowel symptoms; ringing in the ears; flushing; tiredness; dizziness; migraine; pins and needles; insomnia; depression; loss of appetite; swollen glands; bacterial, viral and fungal infections (e.g. cold sores); vaginal infection including thrush; cough and colds with sore throat.</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">&nbsp;</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">Very rarely severe and painful reactions have occurred, particularly when more cream has been used than recommended. Painful skin reactions at the opening of the vagina have very rarely made it difficult for some women to pass urine. If this occurs you should seek medical help immediately.</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><a name="sectionS16"></a><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">&nbsp;</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">If you are being treated for basal cell carcinoma: Many of the undesirable effects of Aldara cream are due to its local action on your skin. Local skin reactions can be a sign that the drug is working as intended. Very Commonly the treated skin may be slightly itchy.</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">&nbsp;</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">Common effects include: pins and needles, small swollen areas in the skin, pain, burning, irritation, bleeding, redness or rash.</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">&nbsp;</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">If a skin reaction becomes too uncomfortable during treatment, speak to your doctor. He/she may advise you to stop applying Aldara cream for a few days (i.e. to have a short rest from treatment).</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">If there is pus (matter) or other suggestion of infection, discuss this with your doctor. Apart from reactions in the skin, other common effects include swollen glands and back pain.</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">&nbsp;</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">Less commonly (1% or less) some patients experience changes at the application site (discharge, inflammation, swelling, scabbing, skin breakdown, blisters, dermatitis) or irritability, feeling sick, dry mouth, flu-like symptoms and tiredness.</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><a name="sectionS17"></a><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">&nbsp;</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">If you are being treated for actinic keratosis: Many of the undesirable effects of Aldara cream are due to its local action on your skin. Local skin reactions can be a sign that the drug is working as intended. Very commonly the treated skin may be slightly itchy.</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">&nbsp;</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">Common effects include pain, burning, irritation or redness. If a skin reaction becomes too uncomfortable during treatment, speak to your doctor. He/she may advise you to stop applying Aldara cream for a few days (i.e. to have a short rest from treatment). If there is pus (matter) or other suggestion of infection, discuss this with your doctor. Apart from reactions in the skin, other common effects include headache, anorexia, nausea, muscle pain, joint pain and tiredness.</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">&nbsp;</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">Less commonly (1% or less) some patients experience changes at the application site (bleeding, inflammation, discharge, sensitivity, swelling, small swollen areas in the skin, pins and needles, scabbing, scarring, ulceration or a feeling of warmth or discomfort), or inflammation of the lining of the nose, stuffy nose, flu or flu-like symptoms, depression, eye irritation, swelling of the eyelid, throat pain, diarrhoea, actinic keratosis, redness, swelling of the face, ulcers, pain in extremity, fever, weakness or shivering.</span></p>

Aldara (imiquimod) 5% Sachets contain:

The active substance is imiquimod. Each sachet contains 250 mg cream (100 mg cream contains 5 mg imiquimod).

The other ingredients are isostearic acid, benzyl alcohol, cetyl alcohol, stearyl alcohol, white soft paraffin, polysorbate 60, sorbitan stearate, glycerol, methyl hydroxybenzoate (E218), propyl hydroxybenzoate (E216), xanthan gum, purified water.

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This Aldara cream is painful to use as it removes top layer of skin along with cancer or pre-cancer cells but the alternative is often surgery which is far more painful and disfiguring and leaves permanent scars often with life changing pain issues. From my experience wear a glove when applying cream, wash hands thoroughly before and after. Use the tiniest amount possible (size of an apple pip) to minimize damage and side effects. I used for six weeks - 5 days on and 2 days off and it worked well!! Healed quite quickly once treatment completed.

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Aldara is a medicine for genital warts and it works very well. However, it may be more economic to get it free from your doctors.I decide to buy from here as it takes so much time to book appointment and wait to see my doctor, so I`m willing to pay extra to get this fixed quickly