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Aldara wart treatment

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Aldara can be used to treat both hard or soft genital warts and external anal warts by helping to activate your body’s immune system response

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Information on Aldara

Aldara contains the active ingredient imiquimod that can help your body destroy both hard and soft warts by stimulating your body’s immune system response.

How quickly does Aldara work?

If used as instructed by a clinician, most people find their warts disappear after 12 weeks of using Aldara. There are some instances where someone may need to apply the cream for longer – this can be discussed with your GP.

How to apply Aldara cream

It’s important to always wash your hands and the treatment area carefully before use. To use it, open a sachet of cream and squeeze a small amount onto your finger tip. Dab a thin layer of cream onto the area containing the wart and gently rub in until the cream disappears.

In order for the cream to work, it must be left on the area for 6-10 hours (therefore before bed is suggested). The cream must be applied 3 times a week for up to 16 weeks at a time.

Do I need a prescription for Aldara?

Aldara is not available over the counter – you must have a consultation with a clinician in order to be prescribed Aldara. Don't attempt to purchase Aldara from a website without a prescription.

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Aldara frequently asked questions

  • Can I have sex whilst using Aldara?

    It’s important to remember that the virus that causes genital warts can be passed on during sex. However, Aldara cream may weaken condoms meaning they are at risk of breaking. If you plan on having sex whilst you have warts, you should apply cream after sex not before and should use a condom.

  • What are the side effects of Aldara?

    As with all medicines, there are some reported side effects of Aldara.

    These may include:

    • Skin irritation
    • Soreness
    • Rash
    • Flu-like symptoms (rare)
  • Can I use Aldara with other medicines?

    Aldara is normally safe to use alongside other medications. It’s important you fully inform your GP of all medications or recreational drugs you may be taking in order to ensure this medicine is suitable for you.