Aldara 5% cream
Aldara cream may be used for three different conditions. Your doctor may prescribe
Aldara cream for the treatment of:
- Warts (condylomata acuminata) on the surface of the genitals (sexual organs) and
around the anus (back passage)
- 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.
- 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.
Aldara is a medicinal cream most commonly used for the treatment of genital warts. When applied directly to the affected skin, Aldara boosts the immune system and helps areas of skin affected by genital warts to heal.
Patients prescribed this treatment usually apply it at night and it can be used for up to 16 weeks.
How to use Aldara cream
Use in children and adolescents is not recommended.
Always use this medicine 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
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).