Aldara imiquimod cream is used for treating external genital and anal warts. It may be prescribed for treating small superficial skin cancers (basal cell carcinomas). Rough areas of the skin that have been damaged by the sun and non-raised lesions on the face or scalp may also be treated with the cream in cases when no other treatment is available or appropriate, as long as it is used for people with healthy immune systems.
It’s important that you follow the instructions your doctor gives you as well as the instructions printed on the information leaflet provided with the cream.
Warts on the genitals and around the anus:
Apply the cream on the warts in a thin layer until it starts to disappear. It should be used 3 times a week before going to bed when the area is clean and dry. Do not use the cream on warts that are inside of the vagina or anus.
The cream should be left on the wart area for 6 to 10 hours before you wash it off with mild soap and water. The treatment should be cleared until all the warts are cleared. It can take up to 16 weeks in some cases.
Basal cell carcinomas:
Apply sufficient cream to cover the treatment area as well as one centimetre or skin surrounding the tumour. Gently rub in the cream till it is absorbed by the skin. Use it 5 times a week before going to bed.
The cream should be left on the affected are for 8 hours each time and then gently washed off with mild soap and water. Continue the treatment for 6 weeks. In most cases, 12 weeks after the treatment is over your doctor will reassess the cancer area. If your skin has not fully responded to the cream, he may suggest a different treatment.
Apply sufficient cream to cover the area and rub it in gently. The cream should be used 3 times a week before going to bed.
Leave the cream on the area for 8 hours and then wash it off with mild soap and water. In most cases the treatment should be continued for a 4 week span, and after a 4 week treatment-free period, your doctor will reassess your skin. If there is any actinic keratosis remaining, you may be prescribed another 4 week course of treatment.
Keep in mind that each treatment period should not be longer than 4 weeks, even if you have missed an application dose or rest periods during those 4 weeks.