My mother is 86 years old and has been using Aldara (immiquimod) for 5 weeks (one being a partial week). She took a break for a week so she actually started six weeks ago. She has one week left - this week! She is extremely tired and has had an increase in body pain, and she is also having more problems breathing - it is like she has the flu. The TX has been very hard on her but she has soldiered on because radiation would be even harder on her, especially given her age. How long does it take for the flu like symptoms to go away, especially the fatigue?
For myself, the noted side effects - including the flu-like symptoms - were definitely present but seemed to noticeably relax after 2-3 weeks. However my Dermatologist had discussed the side effects with me before starting treatment for AK, and he told me to see him if the side effects became too onerous. They didn't, and I felt no need to see him regarding them.
The Aldara treatments did work very well in the long run, but one has to stick to it through the difficult early going.
However, I am 68, whereas your mother is 86 ... a big difference and the age may make a difference in her responses to Aldara. I definitely think you should see your doctor about her side effects just because of the age factor.
Hope this helps.
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