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Aldara® Cream is a controversial prescription skin cream manufactured by 3M Pharmaceuticals that is used to treat skin cancers and warts on the genitals or skin. It is not used on warts inside the vagina, penis, or rectum. It helps to relieve and control wart production, not by directly fighting the viruses that cause warts, but rather by modifying the body's immune system. This medication does not cure warts. New warts can appear, even during treatment.
How it Works
The active ingredient in Aldara is Imiquimod which activates the body's immune response through the Toll-like receptor. [Hemmi, H., et al. Small anti-viral compounds activate immune cells via the TLR7 MyD88-dependent signaling pathway. Nat Immunol.. 2002 3(2):196-200.] Imiquimod disrupts the cytokine activity and simultaneously attacks the body's mucus membrane tissues. Cytokines are important for proper immune system response and any disruption might lead to autoimmune diseases such as psoriasis, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, etc.
Some users of Aldara are reporting unforeseen long term effects that can be deadly.
One man, Richard Beasley reports that his use of Aldara for less than a month lead to substantial health issues. He writes:
He sued 3M Pharmaceuticals in 2002, settling out of court just weeks before the case went to trial. He then created a website to inform the world of the hazards of Aldara. [Richard's Website]
A woman, Elaine Hollingsworth, reports that Aldara caused her to go into anaphylactic shock. She writes,
She, too, has created a website sharing her experiences with Aldara. [DoctorsAreDangerous]
How to Use Aldara:
Aldara comes as a cream to be applied to the skin in single-dose envelopes.
Wash your hands before and after applying Aldara.
Rub the cream into the skin until no more cream is visible. Do not bandage the area, but instead leave it open to the air. Aldara should remain on the skin for 6 to 10 hours before washing it off with mild soap and water. Follow the label's directions carefully. Discuss any questions or issues with your physician or pharmacist.
Use Aldara exactly as directed. Do not alter the dose or frequency of use.
If you have missed a does, apply Aldara just before going to bed, later that day. Do not apply a double dose. Restart the every-other-day schedule, for example Monday, Wednesday, Friday or Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, depending on when you resume treatment.
Reported Side Effects:
Tell your physician or health care provider if any of these symptoms are severe or remain:
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