Aldara is a medication that belongs to a group of drugs called immune response modifiers. It’s taken by patients to treat keratosis on the scalp and face. Sometimes, doctors prescribe this medicine to treat mild skin cancer if surgery isn’t an appropriate option. You can use Aldara to treat genital warts, too. This drug isn’t intended to be taken by children who are less than 12 years old.
Important Information about Aldara
Using this medicine for too long or too much may increase the risk of having severe skin reactions. Don’t apply it on wounded, burned and broken skin areas, because these conditions must be healed first. Inform doctors if your immune system is weak or you have other serious health problems, including cord blood or bone marrow transplant, autoimmune disorder, skin problems, etc. Avoid being exposed to tanning beds and direct sunlight because of increased sunburns. You should use effective sunscreen and wear protective clothes. It’s not clearly known if the intake of Aldara harms unborn babies or passes into the breast milk, so pregnant and nursing women should be careful with its use. This medication is not intended to be used by children who are less than 12 years old.
How to Use Aldara Correctly
Before applying this medicine, you need to wash the affected skin areas and your hands. Allow your skin to dry and wash your hands after applying it. Most patients are prescribed to use Aldara 2-5 times a week, and this treatment shouldn’t exceed 16 weeks. The right use of this medication depends on your specific medical condition, but you always need to follow all the instructions given by doctors. They should check the condition of your skin regularly. Avoid overdosing Aldara and call your physician once you experience such symptoms as lightheadedness, skin irritation or fainting. Avoid getting this drug in your mouth, lips, eyes and nose.
Aldara Adverse Reactions
This medication may cause certain side effects, just like other pharmaceutical products. Most of them are mild, including:
Skin dryness and itching;
Mild skin irritation and flaking;
Redness and scabbing;
Dizziness and headaches;
Back and chest pain;
Fever blisters and cold sores;
Changes of skin color and nausea;
Sneezing and stuffy nose;
Loss of appetite and diarrhea;
Sore throat and vaginal itching;
Crusting and hardening.
You need to get emergency medical help if you have any allergic reaction and such signs as severe itching, swelling, hives, difficulty breathing, oozing, bleeding and others. Stop applying Aldara and call your physician once you experience such severe side effects as:
New flu-like symptoms and unusual tiredness;
Swollen glands and chills;
Unwanted Drug Interactions
It’s not likely that other medications that you use orally and inject have any negative impact on the use of Aldara. However, you still need to inform doctors about any other drugs that you’re taking to avoid health risks.