› 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.
Downsides and risks
› 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.
Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
› 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.