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User Reviews for Aldara

Aldara has an average rating of 7.0 out of 10 from a total of 126 ratings on Drugs.com. 59% of reviewers reported a positive experience, while 21% reported a negative experience.

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Summary of Aldara reviews 7.0 126 reviews

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Reviews for Aldara

Anonymous · Taken for 1 to 6 months · August 10, 2019

For Human Papilloma Virus: “I contracted HPV through someone...I don't know who but I have been having my fair share of fun. I was nervous at first but the people who I continued to see didn't care. I initially had them burned off on the shaft of my penis but it left a scar. So when they came back, I decided to go the cream route. Luckily places (like the LGBT center) provide cheap prescriptions for people who can't afford them like me (paid like $10-15 for a good supply). Anyways, I've been using Aldara for 4-5 weeks now and it's finally working it's magic. I've had it twice where it seems to open up as a sore and then scab up and heal. People definitely sweat this as the end of their sex lives or stress over it too much. It's not the end of the world..it will heal..and our bodies will go back to "normal". Hang in there!!!”

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Anonymous · August 6, 2020

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!!”

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M56 · August 26, 2018

For Human Papilloma Virus: “Aldara is super efficient. Here is my advice: -only apply 3 times a week, reduce if you feel too much pain. -when starting the treatment, only apply a really tiny amount of cream on each wart with the end of a cotton bud. Only when you are ready, start applying a tiny bit more but it should stay minimal. -it will create discomfort. Use baby wipes for the toilet; buy an intimate gel to take care of the area that is infected. I took 2 showers a day during the treatment to keep the area clean at all times. No pyjama bottoms to avoid any contact. -the pain is OKAY. It can burn healthy skin in the night when the warts with cream rub against it. Put some tiny plasters opposite the wart for the night. It gets itchy during the day, but stay busy. - be positive: eat healthily, stop smoking. Have someone to help you go through it. Had 6 genital warts and 5 were completely gone by week 2. Still treating 1 but it's now barely visible. Go for it and good luck, stay positive!”

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Bobbie · Taken for 1 to 6 months · March 1, 2020

For Basal Cell Carcinoma: “Just finished week 6 of aldara for BCC.....now 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.”

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Itwillgo · April 7, 2020

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.”

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Anonymous · December 12, 2019

For Basal Cell Carcinoma: “This is my 5th go-around with Aldara. I've previously treated 3 facial BCCs and 2 pre-cancerous areas. I insist on a biopsy the minute I have even a tiny, non-healing lesion and I have never been wrong. I notice nothing for about 14 days, then all the big reaction breaks loose! Painful, weeping, 2-cm sores requiring gauze just to sleep. I look like a leper. This latest treatment came with massive headaches, joint aches, abdominal pain and flu-like malaise which began during week three and continues unabated. That said, I have never had a lesion recur; there is no scarring whatsoever; and the healing after stopping the applications is swift-- all sores gone within about two weeks. It can take two to four months before the skin thickens completely back to normal, and I am compulsive about sun-screening-- especially any pre-treated areas. The treatment isn't fun, and at $400 a pop it's a bit excessive. But the results for me have been consistently great.”

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... · March 21, 2019

For Human Papilloma Virus: “I’ve been on the aldara for a week. My first application was okay no pain whatsoever. Note: I use small amounts overnight every alternative day on infected area on my labia. I realized that I was getting really tired the day after but that was it. After the first application it just got worse, the pain is unbearable. I can’t sleep at night because of the pain . I now have pink sores around the uninfected parts . The space between my thighs and vagina are pink and saw it also looks like eczema. But with all this pain, the cream is working wonders , in just a week 70% of my warts are gone. Just the stubborn ones are left. They are big but are getting smaller, but is it worth the pain ? I think so because I’m still continuing with it . I’m desperate for these to be gone and the cream is sure removing them . If you can’t take pain then don’t but if you’re a hardcore go getter like me, it’s worth the try . I hope this information helps someone this is my honest experience.”

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Samantha · May 22, 2020

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.”

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

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”

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myaka · April 15, 2011

For Basal Cell Carcinoma: “When treating for Basal Cell Carcinoma, in my case the arm, HEED THE WARNING to not use on sore or broken skin, which should include recently biopsied lesions to avoid any confusion. Wait until the excision site has healed. I did not receive this instruction and began using it that night. The pain was beyond description, reached deep into the muscle tissue, and lasted for hours. Follow-up phone calls of course confirmed the oversight. ”

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Ads · Taken for 1 to 6 months · December 24, 2019

For Human Papilloma Virus: “First off you're in for a pretty bad 16 weeks or longer! There's no sugar coating it. Less cream is more and more is too much, you'll notice the warts will get worse before they get better that's your body trying to fight it off. Avoid sex at all cost I say that because I couldn't resist 3 times during the treatment and I went through a lot of pain with ulcers due to the friction however sometimes you can get away with light masturbation. If you get ulcers I used lignocaine gel 2% it's a anaesthesia that just drips on. Try and clean the area twice a day and if you have ulcers just run cool-warm water over it no matter how painful it is to keep it clean so you don't get infection. If you get really bad ulcers it's ok to stop treatment for a week to heal then continue treatment I had to stop treatment 3 times due to bad ulcers. The final thing to say is don't give up it took 13 long weeks till I finally saw improvement and I'm about to hit 16 weeks and the warts are pretty almost gone.”

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Bob Moon · February 19, 2013

For Basal Cell Carcinoma: “Used it for 3 weeks. 5 days on, 2 off, and so on. 1st week comes out like pimples, second they break, third they dry. Hurts, sure but not impossible. Works perfectly. Fever, drowsiness, headaches, but its worth it. I have used it for the last 5 years once a year for face skin problems.”

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liv7744 · October 26, 2020

For Human Papilloma Virus: “I got prescribed Aldara by my local sexual health clinic to treat genital warts. I thought my warts were the end of the world until I used Aldara. After applying the cream twice (as directed, only on the warts and every other night, washing it off in the morning) boy did I regret my life choices. My entire vagina swelled up the following day, and ulcer-type sores appeared EVERYWHERE in that area. I couldn’t move without being in excruciating pain and I almost passed out every time I peed. I ended up in hospital on a 7 day course of antibiotics, as well as dihydrocodiene to manage the pain. STAY AWAY FROM THIS CREAM - it should not be prescribed!!! After doing extensive reading online about Aldara, I quickly realised that so many people had been through the same as me. The warts eventually go away on their own, or there are other treatments such as freezing them off. Please please stay away from this cream.”

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Tammy · Taken for less than 1 month · March 8, 2021

For Human Papilloma Virus: “This drug is magicccccc!! Now read this carefully. Do NOT apply too much! You don’t have to finish the whole sachet. I got two warts on my genital area on extremely sensitive skin. They weren’t really bothering me but I was worried about them spreading to other places. I took a q-tip and applied a very thin layer on each making sure to rub until the cream disappeared. I tried to leave it on a bit to dry completely so the discharge won’t spread it to other places of the vagina. GET RID OF THE SACHET ONCE YOU OPEN IT, don’t reuse it. My wart fell off in one day honestly I couldn’t even believe it. The cream really worked for me, hope it works for you with no crazy side effects.”

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Kel · Taken for less than 1 month · October 2, 2019

For Basal Cell Carcinoma: “For 18 months I had a sore on my nose that would bleed scab than disappear, finally I had it checked (I should have known better, have family history of skin cancer) came back as a BCC. I'm now 5 weeks into my use of Aldara. for the first 3 weeks didn't really have any signs of it doing to much well now at week 5, my nose is hard scab like and a lot bigger area than I had thought. I wouldn't say its sore just uncomfortable and itchy at times. I guess once completed and healed time will tell if it completely worked, my doctor gives it an 80% chance and if not, its surgery for me. I hope this isn't all for nothing but feel it has been worth the chance and do feel that it has done its job well, so far so good. I'm in AUS and cost was $50.”

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Freeeee · April 5, 2011

For Human Papilloma Virus: “I was extremely hesitant to use this medicine because of the price and because I had read horror stories about it online. But I was desperate because of unsightly warts, so I took the plunge. I made sure to apply with a magnification mirror and a q-tip. I can't stress enough how important it was to ONLY apply it exactly where the warts were. My side effects included swelling and itching around the affected area and some fatigue/aches. After using it 4 times, my warts were gone. Worth it worth it worth it. Just be careful not to put it on any healthy skin.”

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old Iris · Taken for 2 to 5 years · November 4, 2018

For Basal Cell Carcinoma: “I'm now 82 after 4 surgeries on my face I was given Aldara ..it may make big red ugly areas but with patience it does the job. You may think you just have a small area that is affected but wow..it's usually a larger area than you think. That's why I think it's better that doing the MOH's surgery.”

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OrdinaryMan · December 11, 2019

For Human Papilloma Virus: “Got HPV . I did quarterly STD checks and nothing came up. I am half circumcised. It all started with a small white head kind of thingie on internal foreskin and my doctor initially said it could be a protruded sebaceous gland. So didn’t pay much attention. After 2 months that became a small cluster about 5 mm length. Thats when my doctor said its penile wart. I was devastated and got into very low mood for days. Almost thinking about this growth all the time. I was prescribed this drug. After five applications the skin got super sore and blisters appeared with pus. Doctor said that means the cream is working. I had to stop for a week or so because of the scary reaction it had. And in addition even though the warts subsided it grew back. I started applying second round and same reaction occurred after third application. Took a break again but this time the warts magically disappeared. Such a great feeling now!!!!”

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Anonymous · July 21, 2011

For Basal Cell Carcinoma: “The side effects of this cream were bad. Very painful sinus, swelling of throat and inside mouth, continuous cough on chest, headache (don't usually suffer headaches, dizziness). May be good for some people but not me. (I am 74).”

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Shirley Go-t-a · March 13, 2018

For Basal Cell Carcinoma: “I had BCC on my nose. I had been misdiagosed and by the time a biopsy was done the surgeon said he could do MOHs surgery but it would require removing a thumb nail size portion of my nose, using parts of my ear to reconstruct the nose and also skin grafts. He offered the Aldara option to shrink the tumor. He said that the cream would turn my nose red. I applied the Aldara cream every night for 6 weeks as directed. It was absolutely far more than turning my nose red. Fatigue, headaches, bright red nose that looked as though my nose was one big cold sore. I went into quarantine for six weeks. At times I felt I could not continue. Some how I did. If wish there were a place to post pictures of my nose during Aldara treatment. I went back for the MOH's surgery. It only took two scrapings to remove cancer. I would choose the Aldara option should I ever be given the choice. It was miserable but I would still take it over the surgery option.”

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Doc2015 · Taken for less than 1 month · November 22, 2015

For Human Papilloma Virus: “I am a physician and I was horrified to find HPV warts near my anus a few weeks ago. There were 3 small ones in a cluster and a slightly larger pedunculated one nearby. I went to my gynecologist to discuss treatment options. We agreed on Aldara. I have been usin a small amount 3 times a week and after 2.5 week they little ones are gone and the bigger one is almost gone. I was worried about it irritating the healthy tissue surrounding the warts because it was impossible (due to the location) to only get the medication on the warts, but I have only had mild irritation alleviated by a warm bath.”

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

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.”

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Lucie88 · July 1, 2020

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”

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

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.”

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

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.”

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