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Imiquimod (Aldara) Drug for Warts: Use, Side Effects, Interactions




Imiquimod
(Aldara, United States and Canada)

More drugs used for Warts.

Use:

Imiquimod or Aldara is used for external genital and perianal warts.

How It Works:

Applied as a cream Imiquimod or Aldara is an immune response modifier. These warts are causes by a virus and Imiquimod or Aldara stimulates the immune system to fight the virus.

Side Effects:

Imiquimod or Aldara is applied at home over the course of several months. Compared to other topical treatments for genital and perianal warts Imiquimod or Aldara produces less burning and skin irritation.

Cautions for People:

Because 3-4 months of therapy is needed, people need to be compliant. People who cannot be compliant or would have problems applying the cream, for example those with manual dexterity problems, are not good candidates for this therapy.

Drug Interactions:

Imiquimod or Aldara is applied to the affect area and is not routinely systemically absorbed, thus it has little chance to interact with other drugs.

Further Reading:

FDC Reports 1997;59(10):11

Added to Virtual Drugstore December 1997.

The relevant product monographs must be regarded as the appropriate sources of prescribing information.













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