Prescription onlyLower-cost generic availableClass: Dermatologic

Aldara Alternatives

(imiquimod)

Prescription onlyLower-cost generic availableClass: Dermatologic
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Compare Aldara (imiquimod) to alternatives

These medications are comparable to Aldara (imiquimod) or used for similar purposes.

Aldara
(imiquimod)

Adrucil
(fluorouracil)

Condylox
(podofilox)

Treats genital and anal warts, skin with long-term sun damage, and certain skin cancers. Works well for many skin conditions but it can cause irritation if you're not careful.Coming soon.Coming soon.
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Side effects
AldaraCaracCondylox
  • Application site reaction 19%
  • Itching 12%
  • Ear, nose, or throat infection 3%
  • Sinus infection 1%
  • Burning 4%
  • Headache 2%
  • Skin cancer 2%
  • Diarrhea 2%
  • Bleeding 3%
  • Stinging 2%
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How it works
AldaraCaracCondylox
It's not exactly clear how Aldara (imiquimod) works but it activates the immune system to fight off cancer, warts and skin damage.Coming soon.Coming soon.
Type of medication
AldaraCaracCondylox
Prescription only
Available as
AldaraCaracCondylox
  • Cream
  • Cream, gel, or ointment
  • Topical
  • Topical
  • Cream, gel, or ointment
Used for
AldaraCaracCondylox
  • Actinic Keratosis Breast Cancer
  • Condyloma Acuminatum
Risk factors for serious side effects
AldaraCaracCondylox
    Detailed Aldara (imiquimod) risks & warnings »
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        Pregnancy

        Research studies with real people or animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. If you’re pregnant, the risks to your unborn baby outweigh the benefits.

        Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

        Upsides and benefits
        AldaraCaracCondylox
        • 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.
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        Downsides and risks
        AldaraCaracCondylox
        • 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.
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        Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
        AldaraCaracCondylox
        • If you are using Aldara (imiquimod) for genital or anal warts, condoms and diaphragms won't work as birth control. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist about other birth control forms.
        • Do not have sex when Aldara (imiquimod) is on your anal or genital skin area.
        • Aldara (imiquimod) should only be applied in the affected skin area. Apply at bedtime. Avoid healthy skin and do not put inside your vagina or anus.
        • Wash your hands before and after applying Aldara (imiquimod).
        • Avoid getting the affected wet. Do not shower or swim after applying.
        • You will need to wash off Aldara (imiquimod) after leaving it on for the required amount of time as directed by your doctor.
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