Aldara 5% (imiquimod)

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Genital warts are one of the most common sexually transmitted infections (STI). They are also known as anogenital warts. They are small lumps which appear in or around the genital areas, potentially around the anus. Many people who contract this condition will not have any visible warts. This can make it rather difficult trying to determine if you are a carrier with the potential to pass on the virus to others. Warts can appear internally or externally if they do show. Symptoms may only begin to become noticeable weeks or even months after initial contact with the virus.

Aldara cream is an immune-modulator medicine. It is used to treat genital warts. It helps our body’s immune system to produce natural substances which help fight the virus that has caused warts. The duration of the treatment will depend on your condition. Regular usage of the medicine will reduce the symptoms. This cream contains ingredients which may cause some allergic reaction to you. Hence, consult your doctor before you start the treatment.

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  • Always read the patient leaflet for more detailed information
  • Wash your hands before applying the cream
  • Apply the cream 3 times a week, every night (or as prescribed by the doctor)
  • Wash the treatment area with a mild soap and water. Pat dry
  • Open a new sachet each time you use the cream
  • Apply a thin layer of the cream and gently rub until the skin absorbs the cream
  • Discard the sachet even if the cream is left in it (do not keep it for later use)
  • Leave the applied cream for about 6-10 hours
  • After this time, wash the area with mild soap and water
  • Do not use the cream for more than 16 weeks

  • Redness of the skin
  • Wearing away of the skin
  • Itching
  • Burning sensation
  • Pain in the areas where the cream is applied
  • Skin reactions
  • Headache
  • Fever and flu
  • Muscle pain
  • Painful sex
  • Tiredness
  • Dizziness
  • Migraine
  • Insomnia
  • Depression
  • Loss of appetite
  • Swollen glands
  • Fungal infection
  • Vaginal infection

Serious Side Effects – If you observe any of the following side effects, see a doctor

  • Severe skin reactions
  • Difficulty in urination

These details are provided only as a guide. Please read patient information leaflet for more details.

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Who gets HPV and what are the risks?

Genital warts are currently the most common viral STI diagnosed in the UK. The most affected age group in men is between 20-24 years of age.

How do you diagnose genital warts?

The first option you have is to check yourself and your partner(s) for warts. This can prove ineffective for a lot of people as warts can be small and difficult to see; sometimes virtually non-existent to the naked eye. It can also be difficult to differentiate a wart amidst pimples and other bumps already on the skin. If you believe you have been exposed to HPV, visit your doctor as soon as you possibly. A healthcare professional will be able to examine and access you in much greater depth.

How can I avoid contracting HPV or genital warts?

Preventive vaccines which provide effective protection from the most common HPV types (including genital warts) are now readily available. It would be ideal to take this vaccine prior to engaging in sexual activity. It is currently free to females aged between 12-20 years.

You could significantly reduce your chances of contracting HPV by not having sex with either anyone at all or anyone else but a partner who has only had sex with yourself. The more times you risk having unprotected sex, the higher your chances of becoming infected will be.

Condoms offer partial protection but are not full proof, they are still a good form of protection which should be used.

Can HPV be cured?

The treatment for HPV can be a very long process and rather frustrating. The average person will require several treatments to clear their bout of genital warts. None of the treatments currently available act as a permanent cure, the virus can lay dormant in cells subsequent to treatment. In certain cases, warts can return months or years after treatment. In other cases, warts will never return.

To complete your purchase, take our questionnaire. Once completed, a registered doctor will review your answers and issue a prescription, if suitable. This prescription will be sent to our practising pharmacy who will dispense your treatment. Orders are shipped by secure next-day courier.

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