Treats genital and anal warts, skin with long-term sun damage, and certain skin cancers.
Our bottom line
Works well for many skin conditions but it can cause irritation if you're not careful.
- First choice treatment for genital and anal warts.
- Is a good option if you prefer treating warts privately at home rather than getting in-office procedures.
- Is a safe option in people who have had organ transplants.
- Because you will have to wash off Aldara (imiquimod) after a certain amount of time, you will need to keep track of time and be careful not to leave Aldara (imiquimod) on too long or not long enough.
- Aldara (imiquimod) doesn't work as fast as lasers or surgery for warts.
- Is not a first choice for superficial basal cell carcinoma, a type of skin cancer.
- It can be very irritating to normal skin.
It's not exactly clear how Aldara (imiquimod) works but it activates the immune system to fight off cancer, warts and skin damage.
- Actinic keratosis
- Genital and anal warts
- Superficial basal cell carcinoma
What to expect when you take Aldara (imiquimod) for Skin conditionsSkip what to expect section. Skip to Risks & Warnings section.
Side effect rates for Aldara (imiquimod)
- Application site reaction
- Upper respiratory tract infection
- Sinus infection
- Skin cancer
Risks and Warnings for Aldara (imiquimod)Skip risks section. Skip to common concerns section.
Severe irritation of the skin can occur after a few applications of Aldara (imiquimod). If you experience swelling, bleeding, blistering, or other skin irritation let your doctor know right away. You may have to stop using Aldara (imiquimod) until your skin heals.