Aldara Cream Review: Does it Really Works?

Before you buy aldara cream, it is important to learn more about its effectiveness.  Aldara Cream 5% (imiquimod iMIkwimod) is primarily used as an immune response modifier to treat symptoms associated with excessive exposure to the sun and genital warts.  Recent reviews suggest there are certain precautions one should take before making an aldara purchase.

Does Aldara Work?

Aldara is beneficial for some individuals, but for others it can create problems.  It is typically used to treat actinic keratosis and basal cell carcinoma (superficial skin cancer).

If you are using it for penile, genital and anal warts, precautionary steps must be taken.  In addition, aldara might not keep you from spreading genital warts to others through sexual contact, and it is not considered a cure for any of them.

Those who have claimed it offers some successful properties still see negative side effects during use.  Some of these side effects include:

  • Increase the chance of sunburn
  • New lesions
  • Pain during urination
  • Vaginal irritation
  • Vaginal Swelling
  • Weakens rubber in condoms and diaphragms

Some people cannot use aldara cream, because of certain issues like:

  • Autoimmune disorders
  • Graft-versus-host disease
  • Recently treated for actinic keratosis (surgery)
  • Recently treated for genital warts (surgery)
  • Recently received bone marrow transplant
  • Recently received cord blood transplant

How do you Apply Aldara Imiquimod Cream?

The dosage of aldara depends on why you are applying it.  It is also not for intravaginal, ophthalmic, and/or oral use.  Otherwise, aldara is applied:

  1. Two times per week for 4 months – If these are your instructions then you will be treating actinic keratosis.
  2. Five times per week for 6 weeks – These instructions are meant for applying aldara to help superficial basal cell carcinoma.
  3. Three times per week for 4 months – If you have external genital warts, this is how you will apply aldara.

The results for each application process will vary from one person to another.  Nevertheless, aldara is not a cure for actinic keratosis, basal cell carcinoma, genital warts, or hpv.  However, it could be beneficial when dealing with the symptoms associated with each one.

How much does Aldara Cost?

Made by 3m Pharmaceuticals, the price of aldara ointment is astronomical.  Without insurance, you could easily spend near $500 for a 24 pack of aldara.  If you consider the application process (see above) for external genital warts, you could easily spend close to $1,000 in hopes this topical method is successful.

Generic Versions of Aldara

Over the years, the FDA has approved several products to be considered generic aldara.  You can find them at your local pharmacy, online, and in various parts of Canada.

Some of the manufacturers of these generic products include:

  • Apotex, Inc.
  • Fougera Pharms
  • Glenmark Generics
  • Perrigo Israel
  • Taro
  • Teva Pharms
  • Tolmar

If you plan on purchasing aldara online, make sure the company you purchase from is legitimate.  There are some fraudulent sites out there claiming to sell generic aldara, but this is not the case.

Consider a Better Option

In our opinion, there are too many negative aspects of aldara.  Even though you could see short-term results, the long-term effects are not warranted.  If you are looking for a better treatment option without all the side effects and costly prices, click on our “home” link at the top of the page.

You will find some of the best treatments for issues like external genital warts where aldara is typically prescribed.

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