Aldara
Alternatives

(imiquimod)

Aldara (imiquimod)

Prescription only

Adrucil (Fluorouracil)

1 of 2 alternatives
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.

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Upsides
  • 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
  • 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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Used for
  • Actinic keratosis Breast cancer
  • Palliative Carcinoma of pancreas
  • Palliative Colorectal cancer
  • Palliative Gastric cancer
  • Palliative Superficial basal cell carcinoma
Dosage forms
  • Cream
  • Cream, gel, or ointment
  • Topical
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Side effects
10possible side effects
  • Application site reaction
    33%
  • Itching
    20%
  • Upper respiratory tract infection
    15%
  • Sinus infection
    7%
  • Burning
    6%
  • Headache
    5%
  • Skin cancer
    4%
  • Diarrhea
    3%
  • Bleeding
    3%
  • Stinging
    3%
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