Aldara (Imiquimod) 5% Cream

Aldara (Imiquimod) 5% Cream (12 Sachets)

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Description for Aldara (Imiquimod) 5% Cream

Aldara (imiquimod) 5% cream is an effective topical treatment for external genital and perianal warts. Aldara are available to buy from the Online Doctor following a short, easy health questionnaire. The Independent Pharmacy offers patients complete confidentiality, fast & discreet delivery and expert advice as well as the best prices on prescription treatments. Treat genital warts today with confidence with help from The Independent Pharmacy Online Doctor.

Product Information

  • Age: 18 Years +

    Maximum per order: 4

  • Pregnancy: Not suitable

    Breastfeeding: Not suitable

Aldara (imiquimod) 5% cream is available to buy from The Independent Pharmacy Online Doctor service, following a free consultation, to treat external genital warts. To find out more about genital warts and see all the available treatments, see our Online Doctor Genital Warts page.

Aldara is licensed explicity for both genital and external anal warts. It is suitable for any number warts, those that are hard to touch or those that are soft and fleshy. Each box of 12 sachets provides 28 days (four weeks) treatment.

Aldara cream helps genital warts to disappear, usually within 4 months of treatment. 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. Once genital warts have been treated using Aldara cream, they are less likely to reappear than without treatment.

Aldara cream contains the active ingredient Imiquimod in a 5% formulation. Imiquimod is primarily used to treat the viral infection (HPV) that causes genital warts. Aldara cream is manufactured by Meda Pharmaceuticals and is classified as a prescription only medicine.  The cream comes packaged as individual sachets, each containing 250mg of Aldara cream. One pack contains twelve sachets of cream. This product is for cutaneous use only.

Genital warts are causes by the human papilloma virus (HPV). Imiquimod cream works to eradicate this virus by helping the body stimulate its own defence mechanisms With the help of imiquimod, the immune system releases chemicals to attack and kills viruses, such as HPV by preventing them from multiplying inside cells. As the HPV type 6 & 11 is killed, your genital warts they are causing will be cured.

Aldara cream should be applied THREE times a week. This could be Monday, Wednesday & Friday, or Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday or other similar combinations of days. You should always have a gap of at least one day inbetween applications.

Each application of Aldara cream should be carried out as follows: 
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 Aldara 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.

Do not cover the warts or treated area with dressings or bandages during treatment. 
One sachet contains enough cream to cover a wart area of 20 cm2 (approx. 3 square inches). Each sachet should be thrown away (including any leftover cream) after a single application. Use a new sachet for every day of treatment.
Men with warts under the foreskin should pull the foreskin back each day and wash underneath it.
Continue to use Aldara cream as instructed until your warts have completely gone. Do not use Aldara cream for more than 16 weeks in the treatment of each episode of warts. If your genital warts have not cleared after 16 weeks treatment with Aldara cream you should see your GP to discuss alternate treatment for your genital warts.

Aldara cream can cause some side effects during use due to the sensitivity of the skin you are applying it to. These side effects are generally not serious and should subside within around 2 weeks after you treatment is complete.

Side effects from using Aldara cream can include:
wearing away of the skin 
flakiness and swelling
Hardening under the skin
small open sores
a crust that forms during healing
small bubbles under the skin
a burning sensation or pain in areas where you have applied Aldara cream. 
Please read the information leaflet supplied with Aldara cream before use for a full list of side effects. 

Please read the following warnings before using Aldara cream to ensure it is safe and effective for you.

  • 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 apply Aldara internally.
  • Aldara cream can weaken latex condoms and diaphragms. Additional contraception may be required. If you decide to have sexual relations while you still have warts, apply Aldara cream after - not before - sexual activity.
  • Do not use Aldara cream without consulting your GP if you have problems with your immune system, either due to illness (e.g. HIV) or because of the medicines you are already taking.
  • If applying the cream is uncomfortable or the area becomes uncomfortable during treatment, wash the cream of with mild soap and water. Allow the affected area to recover and then restart treatment.  

Aldara cream contains imiquimod 5% as the active ingredient. This means there is 5mg of imiquimod in every 100mg of Aldara cream.

The cream also contains: 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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Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is Aldara Cream?

    Aldara cream is used to treat genital warts in men and women. It is the only product that we currently provide that is licensed for treating anal warts. The active ingredient is Imiquimod 5%.

  • How does Aldara work?

    Aldara helps to stimulate your immune system to fight the HPV (Human Papilloma Virus) that causes genital warts. It does not burn or destroy the warts like other genital warts treatments.

  • How do I use Aldara Cream?

    For the treatment of Genital Warts, Aldara cream is best applied at night using the following procedure: 

    1. Wash and dry the body before going to bed.
    2. Tear open a sachet and apply to the genital warts with a clean fingertip.
    3. One sachet has enough cream to cover 3 square inches.
    4. Use only one sachet per application and discard after use.
    5. Do not wash off for 6 to 10 hours and then rinse off in the morning with soap and water.

    Aldara is to be applied 3 times per weekAn example would be applications on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, or Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.

  • What’s the difference between Aldara and other Genital Wart treatments?

    Aldara has a different application pattern to other wart treatments, such as Warticon. Aldara is applied once daily for 3 days a week. Usually on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Warticon is applied twice daily in the morning and night for 3 consecutive days and then there is a four days break.

    Most genital wart treatments act to damage the wart tissue causing it to slowly disappear. These types of treatment, such as Warticon, may sometimes get rid of genital warts fast than Aldara however they tend to have a higher reccurence rate at the HPV still remains dormant. Aldara helps to stimulate the immune system to fight the virus and is therefore more likely to lead to complete clearing of the warts and virus.

    Aldara is the only genital warts treatment that is also licensed to treat anal warts as well as warts on the penis or vagina.

  • What to do if you miss a dose of Aldara?

    Aldara is applied 3 times per week and if you should miss a dose, it is best to apply when you remember. Above all else do not apply more than 1 sachet per day.

  • Can you apply Aldara to warts located inside the body?

    You cannot apply Aldara inside the body. If you have warts inside the rectum, vagina, the cervix or in the urethra (the hole where urine comes out) then please see a doctor for further medical advice this product is not suitable for you.

  • Can you treat warts on the penis with Aldara?

    Warts on the surface of the penis can be treated with Aldara. Warts inside the urethra (the hole were urine comes from) cannot be treated as treated may lead to scarring. Under these circumstances it is advisable to see a doctor for further medical advice.

    Warts under the foreskin can be treated with Aldara but it is important to peel the foreskin back and clean the area daily. Otherwise the area may become tight and swollen. Also peeling the foreskin back may become difficult. If this occurs seek medical advice straight away.

  • Can you have sex whilst undergoing treatment with Aldara?

    Aldara is best applied after sexual activity and may weaken condoms and diaphragms. It is important to notes that genital warts (HPV) is very contagious and can be passed on to your sexual partner, even if you are wearing a condom. Friction created during sex can also cause irritation on the treated areas. It is best to refrain from sex during treatment for genital warts.

    Aldara does not provide any protection from sexually transmitted diseases.

  • How many sachets will I need before the warts are treated and gone for good?

    Each pack contains 12 sachets of Aldara cream and this will last one month. On average men need 3 months worth and women need two months worth of treatment.

    Each treatment cycle for genital warts with Aldara should not exceed 16 weeks continuously without a break.

    The duration of treatment will depend on the size and number of warts, as well as how long you have had them. It can be as little as 4 weeks.

  • After treatment what is the likelihood that the warts will return?

    Warts treated with Aldara cream are less likely to return compared to other treatments like Warticon solution or cream. Genital warts can reoccur and this is not uncommon after the first 3 months of treatment.

  • Are there are cheaper alternatives or unbranded versions of Aldara cream?

    Currently there are no generic or unbranded versions of Aldara cream. Warticon cream or solution may be more suitable if you are looking for a cheaper alternative. Although warts are more likely to return and treatment duration is on average longer with these products compared to Aldara.

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