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User Reviews for Imiquimod topical

Also known as: Aldara, Zyclara

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Summary of Imiquimod topical reviews 7.0 374 reviews

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Reviews for Imiquimod topical

Anxious · Taken for less than 1 month September 15, 2020

For Condylomata Acuminata: “I had 4 treatments with TCA for genital warts with no results. So, I went to a dermatologist who prescribed imiquimod. I used it every day. By day six I was no longer in pain. By day 12, 2 small warts were gone from vagina. I lost count now but thrilled to comment that I feel less around the anus. On any day I felt rash or pain/discomfort I rubbed a little vaseline to the area and went about my day. Initially, i just wanted to cry due to no relief. I couldn't pay for Laser surgery and when I heard it would be 16 weeks. I felt so sad, but I am happy that all those warts are gone and only a couple to go.”

10 / 10
stemi September 1, 2020

For Human Papilloma Virus: “I only had like 4 warts at the beginning of the treatment. After the 1st doses it went up to 6 but the itchiness was gone. I only felt tired. I followed the instructions and only applied to the area that was affected & used cotton undergarments. I was VERY careful made sure I had full visibility of where I was applying the cream and making sure the cream was absorbed before moving on. Only used what was necessary and disposed the left overs. At 2nd week I did take some time off cause my skin felt sensitive but after a few days I started again and realized that half of them were gone. I read that you could use salicylic acid from OTC meds BUT HAVE IN MIND IT IS NOT FOR GENITAL WARTS because its too strong for the skin in the genital area. I bought it anyway and was very careful when applying it as pre treatment and then used the cream as before and in one week the last 3 "big" persistent ones are gone.”

9 / 10
Burn · Taken for 1 to 6 months August 28, 2020

For Human Papilloma Virus: “I discovered about 6 genital warts on my scrotum, went to my campus health provider and was prescribed the 5% version of this cream. It said use 3 times a week on one place and everyday on my prescription bottle, so I used it everyday for 10 days - dumbest move I’ve ever made in my entire life. Tbh I’m only writing this so no one else does the same thing. I have been only able to sleep maybe 5 hours a night sparsely in the past 4 nights, my scrotum looks like it has been infected with herpes, and received 3rd degree burns. When I walk places, it’s like I’m being stuck with needles in my scrotum. I just put some Aloe Vera on it before typing out this so hopefully that’ll help the recovery and I’ll be able to walk like a normal person again soon but, whatever you do, if you’ve been using it for consecutive days- stop and if you plan on doing it- I promise you it’s not worth it. I guess this is what I get for thinking I could tough it out.”

1 / 10
Shtt101 · Taken for less than 1 month August 24, 2020

For Human Papilloma Virus: “I had a pretty severe case of warts under the foreskin, made worse by early misdiagnosis and steroid cream (don't do that). I started Aldara 5% 2.5 weeks ago, applying 3 days per week First week nothing just irritation, itching but no change. Week 2 some pain came in, minor blisters and clear fluid discharge. Between week 2 and week 3 there has been a 50% reduction in area and size of the warts. Very pleased so far. Will report back in another couple of weeks”

9 / 10
Your BFF · Taken for less than 1 month August 21, 2020

For Human Papilloma Virus: “Stop having sex until it is completely healed. You will be passing this virus on to everyone and no one needs to be diagnosed with genital warts!!! Wear condoms, stop having sex with your partner and/or others while infected. You’re spreading it around when you have sex while warts are visible. PLEASE stop. My story: Diagnosed with genital warts in 2015 they were surgically removed, came back 2020. Prescribed the 24 pk creams of imiquimod. So far so good, I use with salycilic acid (use a bar of acne Neutrogena), let dry, apply to ONLY the warts (not the entire packet), Vaseline is good to use on surrounding areas for less irritation. Also, if your significant other doesn't get theirs treated, you will keep getting infected. If they don’t want to go see a doctor, DUMP EM!!!”

7 / 10
Nickname 123 · Taken for 1 to 6 months August 16, 2020

Aldara (imiquimod) for Human Papilloma Virus: “I’ve had this applied in two batches now and it doesn’t seem to have any effect at all on my warts. I’ve gotten a few side effects of itchy skin on my scrotum but overall a little disappointed. Diet isn’t bad but also not great so wondering if that is influencing the outcome too.”

1 / 10
Anonymous August 6, 2020

Aldara (imiquimod) for Human Papilloma Virus: “I am happy to report that I did not experience any side effect symptoms at all except maybe some very mild sensitivity where the medicine was placed. My routine included taking a shower before bed, waiting 10 minutes to completely dry, apply a little bit of vaseline on the surrounding skin that was not affected, and rubbing a tiny amount onto the warts. In the morning, I make sure to rinse off the medication as soon as I wake up and take my daily vitamins to boost my immune systems even further. At first I was nervous nothing was happening because I didn’t feel any symptoms. After the second dose, I noticed the warts shrinking dramatically. After the third, all the small ones have disappeared and the one medium one is almost gone. Make sure you only use a small amount. My doctor said to throw away anything unused and start a new satchel every time. Anyways, I’m here to say that this medication really works and there is definitely a light at the end of the tunnel!!”

10 / 10
MotherOfTwo · Taken for 1 to 6 months August 1, 2020

Aldara (imiquimod) for Basal Cell Carcinoma: “I started using the Aldara cream on the 29th of June after being diagnosed with a Basal Cell Carcinoma on my nose. It’s now been 5 weeks of use and the area is sore, red, crusty and oozing which is exactly what should be happening. I still have another week of use but so far my doctor has been happy with my progress and said that the worse the area of the cancer cells looks after use, the better.”

10 / 10
Nicki · Taken for less than 1 month July 27, 2020

Aldara (imiquimod) for Human Papilloma Virus: “I've been using Aldara for just over 3 weeks now. I had genital and anal warts all over. They were in clusters and stuck together. But just after week 1 I could tell a difference. Now I only have a few left but you can barely see them. I'm going for a check up tomorrow but I think I might need some more just to get rid of the extra marks. However I would definitely recommend this to anyone with genital warts! It's not a quick fix but you have to be patience with it. It WILL work and if you are experiencing pain, blisters or swelling it means the cream is working as it's the cells dying to get rid of the wart. So the more pain you're in the better as bad as it sounds. I went through pain, blisters and itching in the first and second week. Not so much now as they are nearly gone.”

10 / 10
Lucie88 July 1, 2020

Aldara (imiquimod) for Human Papilloma Virus: “The cream worked amazingly! My warts cleared away within 2 weeks of using the cream. The skin where the warts were is now smooth and wart free. However, it was incredibly painful- cream causes severe skin reactions. For me I developed sores and blisters on my vagina after the first week. When I peed it felt like my skin was on fire because it made contact with the blisters. I found I couldn't sit or walk without being in agony. However I persisted as and by the end of the week it was clear. Some tips ! -aloe vera is your best friend. Apply it as often as you can because it will help with the blisters and irritated skin -when peeing, take a class of cold water and pour it at the same time, or squired bottled water. This really helps with the burning and stinging. Also apply aloe vera after peeing -DONT apply to much cream or leave it on for more than 10 hours. I think lathering the cream on didn't help the severe reactions I was having”

10 / 10
alexsplash · Taken for 1 to 6 months May 25, 2020

Aldara (imiquimod) for Human Papilloma Virus: “2 small and flat warts appeared on my penis 8 months ago and doctor prescribed Aldara. It caused redness, fatigue and time to time fever. But I continued using it as warts were so annoying and made me feel miserable. After 3 months, the warts disappeared but left a small scar. After a month, the warts appeared again and as last resort I started to use aldara again. This time warts disappeared after 2 months and but the scars became a bit worse. Just hoping that it was the last time I used aldara. Wishing you all hpv-free days...”

6 / 10
Samantha May 22, 2020

Aldara (imiquimod) for Basal Cell Carcinoma: “After being perfectly healthy my entire life, used Aldara cream for 10 days on BC on chest. I thought it would be least invasive. After developing large "croissant" size growth of black on my chest, worsening fatigue, migraine, severe diarrhea, low grade fevers, red rash over arms and legs, large tennis ball size red swollen growth on shoulder, and dizziness was admitted to hospital. At this point, I was told later, near death. I spent 3 days in isolation, seen by infectious disease specialist, internal medicine, gastroenterologist. Dx: recurrent C-dif bowel infection-Colitis, MRSA infection, severe anemia. Received 2 blood transfusions, iron, upper scope of GI tract, MRI of brain, chest xray, multiple blood workups. Anemic blood level of 7 (normal blood level is 14). Weight loss at 20 pounds. This drug was SYSTEMIC in my body, and nearly ended my life. Do NOT take the medication. My new dermatologist stated he will never prescribe it again after my experience.”

1 / 10
Wartson · Taken for less than 1 month May 13, 2020

Aldara (imiquimod) for Human Papilloma Virus: “I was skeptical i even booked an appointment to get my foreskin circumcised. My warts were all around my inner foreskin so when i pulled down my foreskin they were all around that area of my penis. Dr refered to them as circumferential. They were not subtle at all as well so many i lost count. Well i got aldara. Its expensive. I got 9 sachets used 1 sachet for 2 applications (closed an open sachet with a peg). I'd apply it every 2nd day. When applying, i applied it on the warts then i'd rub into them till it disappeared. After that id apply again and left it on the warts till it dissolved by itself. I applied it from 27th of April to the 12th of May. And they started shrinking and before I knew it they were all gone. For me there was ZERO pain in the whole process. I recommend it highly. Trust me it works. And works well”

9 / 10
It’s been tough · Taken for 1 to 6 months May 1, 2020

Aldara (imiquimod) for Human Papilloma Virus: “Been using Aldara for almost 4 months, started in early January. Had only 4 warts total under foreskin near penis head (Uncircumcised). 2 went away within the first 2 weeks but 2 stubborn small ones stayed for an extra 3 weeks. Never had any weird symptoms or side effects. Was feeling happy again finally But then 2 weeks after I stopped treatment they all came back. I was devastated. This time they took about 6-7 weeks to disappear. Again no side effects. Didn’t get my hopes up this time, been checking every day multiple times and now they are back again :( but this time I caught them when they were very tiny dots so 2 have disappeared after just 2 applications. Hoping the other 2 go away In the next couple days as well. This has really ruined my life... I see stories of people getting rid of them forever so I’m still hopeful. Praying this to be last time I have to use aldara and they don’t come back ever again.”

9 / 10
Cam · Taken for 1 to 6 months April 25, 2020

Aldara (imiquimod) for Human Papilloma Virus: “Best tip is use a feminine itch cream and Vaseline with the cream. Use the itch cream after and cover any close skin with Vaseline. This is my 3rd time using this cream. The first two times were absolutely easy for me. The small tiny warts near my vagina went away within a WEEK TOPS. Sadly, this past time was absolutely awful. The location & size definitely determines how the ride will be. I had two baby pimple size one on each sides of vagina in the crease of my thigh. It has been a long 2 months and I've went through bleeding, itchiness, skin color change and everything else. They’re finally gone and I’m just thankful I have a loving boyfriend who was supportive and patient with me. Sadly my vagina looks so different but I’ll take it if it means no warts for a while.”

6 / 10
Phil w · Taken for less than 1 month April 16, 2020

For Basal Cell Carcinoma: “Had like flu like symptoms after five days of using imiquimod! Thought it was the end of me, lost weight, sick and diarrhoea and haemorrhaged blood by the litre doubled up in pain. Didn’t eat for over a week! Very very ill Had several cameras inserted to see the problem in the intestines they said that they thought my immune system had destroyed my internal lining of my intestine”

1 / 10
Itwillgo April 7, 2020

Aldara (imiquimod) for Human Papilloma Virus: “I used Aldara for around 10 weeks. I had anal warts at the time and one on my Gooch. Aldara made my ass really red and raw and warts didn't seem to go away or change in appearance. What I did notice though was that warts went away over the next 3 months without using anything as I was travelling and didn't have any supply. Aldara is used to help boost the immune system in targeting the HPV virus (Which by the way is NOT permanent) there is so much old information out there and those of you who are just beginning your journey know that it is temporary (I know it sucks and there are so many emotions BUT you will come out the other side!). My dermatologist told me this first hand and people who are healthy will naturally clear this virus. It incubated for around 6 months and then symptoms appear. Those with Immune deficiencies will struggle to clear it, unfortunately. Cryotherapy takes the wart off and Aldara boosts the immune system to fight infection.”

6 / 10
Caz · Taken for 1 to 6 months April 6, 2020

Aldara (imiquimod) for Human Papilloma Virus: “I noticed small lumps on the inside of my labia. I went to my gyno who confirmed they were genital warts. My gyno prescribed Aldara cream 2 times a week for 6 weeks. The cream caused intense itching in the area, soreness and ulcers in and around the area. I also had headaches, very fatigued & flu-like symptoms. After the 6 weeks, the warts have gotten somewhat smaller but had not disappeared, as it had somewhat worked I asked my gyno if I could get another dose of the cream. I went through another 6 wks of the medication and finished up about 2 wks ago. Aldara did significantly reduce and clear most of the warts but there is still some of them there and 2 wks after finishing treatment, I felt itchy down there again and noticed warts growing back again. I am sad as I went through so much pain physically and emotionally. I can imagine the treatment does work for some patients so it is worth a try, sadly it just didn't fully work for me.”

5 / 10
XXX · Taken for less than 1 month March 28, 2020

Aldara (imiquimod) for Human Papilloma Virus: “In the first week of using this cream I felt no difference, although now I’m in my second week ( I apply mon, wed,Fri for 16 weeks) and I’ve got a sore throat and sneezing, also down there BURNS and ITCHES like anything!! I’ve noticed swelling around the surrounding area of the wart (I only have one) but I have noticed it’s decreasing in size slowly but surely ! To reduce the itchiness, take two showers per day ( no scented shower gels) to keep them clean also if you can don’t wear underwear as the friction can make it more painful. For the pain whilst urinating , take a cup or jug and rinse off with cool water! Although the pain is unbearable sometimes ,try and stick it out. :)”

10 / 10
Booe · Taken for less than 1 month March 12, 2020

Aldara (imiquimod) for Human Papilloma Virus: “Tomorrow will be my 4th day of using aldara. I had extreme body aches, headaches and horrible nausea, whole doing my research I found that Aldara Has this side effect but I do also have a bladder infection (not related) my vagina is extremely red, swollen, itchy and it looks as if my skin is melting. Let me not even get STARTED on the burning when I pee, bear in mind I have a bladder infection so my urine is VERY concentrated so it burns so bad!! My warts are going down and I only take it every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Skipping the weekend. My treatment should last 4 weeks but this pain is worse than a bad case of thrush. I hope it gets rid of all of my warts”

7 / 10
Bobbie · Taken for 1 to 6 months March 1, 2020

Aldara (imiquimod) for Basal Cell Carcinoma: “Just finished week 6 of aldara for waiting for the scabs and redness to go away. 6 weeks was a long treatment, but well worth it instead of MOHS surgery. You MUST wash hands before and after applying and you MUST wash the application area(s) after 8 hours. I applied the cream on the tip of my nose but the entire nose reacted! I applied the cream Monday to Friday and took Saturday and Sunday off. Weeks 3 and 4 were the worst....lots of oozing and dark scabs. You can use makeup....start with a color corrector, then a concealer and/or foundation. I’m now waiting for the scabs and redness to go away. There are no instructions on what to do after the 6 weeks, so I’m still washing the area and putting moisturizer on it twice a day.”

10 / 10
Sara · Taken for less than 1 month February 18, 2020

Aldara (imiquimod) for Human Papilloma Virus: “I found out I have genital warts and they were pretty much a lot to do any other treatment so the doctors suggested me topical cream. At first I was scared when I read all the reviews first 3 applications I didn’t feel any difference but the day after my third time I started feeling like I had a cold or cough and next day morning I had a hard time peeing as I was burning like anything. I found a trick I started sprinkling water cold water on me before I start peeing that made me not feel 95% of my pain peeing. And in 1 day my burn pain while peeing was gone and I saw 50% of my warts have disappeared I’m still a little sick but I’m happy”

9 / 10
Cindy · Taken for less than 1 month February 10, 2020

Aldara (imiquimod) for Basal Cell Carcinoma: “Aldara usage for BCC gave me severe side effects, hospitalization, systemic penetration to my body. Nearly died. DO NOT use this drug. I was forever changed, at a young age. There are so many better alternatives.”

1 / 10
Phojoh2020 February 10, 2020

For Human Papilloma Virus: “Before using this cream I had tried getting the warts frozen off and also using apple cider vinegar, the freezing sessions didn’t work and although the apple cider vinegar reduced them slightly they weren’t completely going away. I got given this cream after going to a clinic for some advice, I can honestly say it has completely resolved the problem. The first few days I didn’t really notice any changes, maybe even some itching. But after about 2 weeks the warts were half the size, now I’m on week 4 and the ones on the outside of my vagina have completely gone. I have a few left on the inner by the opening but the doctor was right in saying If you treat the outside ones the ones inside will follow, I had no pain using this product either a lot of people mentioned blistering and irritation of skin but my experience is that the cream just gradually reduced the warts till they were gone. Worth the money.”

10 / 10
hyma January 30, 2020

Aldara (imiquimod) for Human Papilloma Virus: “Am in the fourth day using aldara, I can't bear the itchiness no sleeping I don't know what to do now”