Aldara (imiquimod) is a prescription cream designed to treat a variety of skin conditions, including the sexually transmitted infection genital warts. It contains the active ingredient imiquimod which is an immunomodulator. Aldara cream is an immune response modifier (IRM), meaning it acts within the immune system to stimulate the natural defence mechanisms of the body. The topical cream is designed for use on external genital warts and is safe for patients over the age of 12.
Aldara cream is available to buy online from HealthExpress.eu. You simply need to complete an online consultation which is completely free and confidential. The consultation will be assessed by one of our doctors who will prescribe the treatment to you if it is safe to use.
How does Aldara (imiquimod) treat genital warts?
The active ingredient in Aldara cream, imiquimod, binds to the immune cells of the skin which causes them to release cytokines. Cytokines, a form of defence chemical, help the immune system to battle viral infections. They do this by inhibiting the virus’ ability to multiply in cells and stopping the number of abnormal or malignant cells from growing. Aldara targets the virus which causes genital warts, HPV.
Does Aldara cream have any benefits?
Aldara cream effectively reduces any pain or discomfort that is caused by an outbreak of genital warts. It is able to clear an outbreak in 16 weeks, if it is applied three times a week as directed. As a cream, it is simple to apply yourself. Aldara cream is also approved by the MHRA, so you can be certain that you are using a treatment that is clinically proven to be safe and effective.
How do you use Aldara cream?
You should apply the cream three times a week to the genital warts. You should apply the cream in a thin layer directly over the genital warts and rub it in until the cream is invisible. It is best to do this before you fall asleep, though you must wash it off after six to ten hours using mild soap and water. Make sure you wash your hands once you have applied the cream.
You should continue the course of treatment until the genital warts outbreak has cleared. Do not take the treatment for longer than 16 weeks. If the outbreak has not cleared after 16 weeks, you should consult your doctor. It is not safe to apply the cream to skin that is broken or wounded.
Is Aldara (imiquimod) safe for everyone?
Aldara cream is safe for most people over the age of 12 but should be used with caution by certain groups of people. You should make sure you detail any of the following in your online consultation if you want to use this medication:
- If you have had an organ transplant
- If you suffer from any auto-immune conditions, or if your immune system is weakened in some way
- If you are an uncircumcised man with warts on or under the foreskin
- If you have any kind of inflammatory skin condition
The medication is not safe if you are allergic to imiquimod or any of the ingredients in the cream. It is also not designed for internal use.
Should I expect side effects?
As Aldara (imiquimod) is a prescription cream, there is a small risk that you will experience some mild side effects, such as:
- Irritation of the skin
- Headaches, muscle pain or back ache
- Flu symptoms such as fever, chills or body ache
More serious side effects are very rare and should be referred to a doctor immediately. These can include:
- Severe irritation, blistering or bleeding at the point of application
- Allergic reactions including hives or a rash; difficulty breathing; or swelling of the throat, lips or face
- Chest pain or heart arrhythmia
- Pain or swelling in the vaginal area
If you are concerned about any side effect, you should contact a healthcare professional for advice.
Can I buy Aldara cream online?
Aldara cream is available to buy with a free consultation from HealthExpress. This consultation will include questions about your medical condition and medical history. This information is very important because it allows our doctors to be sure that they are prescribing a treatment that will be completely safe for you to use. If this is the case, our doctor will issue a prescription for Aldara cream which will be sent to our pharmacy, where it will be dispatched via free overnight delivery.
Please note that the manufacturer of Aldara may differ from that shown on the image above, but the ingredients, benefits and possible side effects of the medication will be the same.