Genital warts are a sexually transmitted infection caused by a virus called the human papilloma virus (HPV). Genital warts are the most common complaint diagnosed at sexually transmitted diseases clinics Europe, accounting for approximately one fifth of all diagnoses. During the late 1990s, there was a rising incidence of genital warts in Europe, affecting both men and women, though younger people tend to be more frequently affected, anyone who is sexually active may be exposed to the genital wart virus.
Fortunately, there is now a prescription topical cream, Aldara, that can effectively treat genital warts. Aldara is different from most other treatments, the patient-applied cream helps the body's own immune system to fight the virus instead of just excising the wart. Therefore, Aldara cream essentially treats genital warts from the inside out.
In a recent survey of patient and physician treatment preferences, patients reported better overall satisfaction, more convenience and less associated pain with Aldara than with previously used therapies for genital warts. Physicians also rated Aldara as preferable to other treatments in terms of convenience, less associated pain and patient compliance.
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Why is Aldara recommended by so many doctors for the treatment of genital warts?
Aldara Cream is indicated for the topical treatment of
genital warts. Secondary to just how effective Aldara is in treating
genital warts, Aldara has quickly become the most prescribed genital wart
treatment by doctors throughout Europe.
Why is Aldara sometimes called imiquimod?
Imiquimodis the generic name for Aldara. The generic name represents the medications nonproprietary or chemical name, whereas, the brand name is the name a pharmaceutical give to a medication for marketing purposes.
How does Aldara work?
External genital and perianal warts are cause by a virus called Human Papilloma Virus. These wart-like growths are oftentimes referred to as condyloma acuminata. While Aldara itself has not been demonstrated to have any of its own antiviral activity, Aldara cream is an immune response modifier that stimulates the body's own immune response system and helps the body fight this virus. It may do this via the induction of cytokines like alpha-interferon. Alpha-interferon is a complex compound normally produced by the human body that does have potent antiviral activity.
Can I get Aldara over the counter?
No, Aldara is a prescription drug and should only be taken when prescribed by a licensed doctor. Regulations do not permit Aldara to be taken without a prescription.
Secondary to the advent of the internet individuals can now order lifestyle medications, such as, Aldara online. Individuals are ask to complete a medical questionnaire which is subsequently reviewed by a doctor, once approved your Aldara order will be shipped discreetly and promptly to your home or office (order Aldara online now click here).
Are there precautions associated with the use of Aldara?
If you notice severe skin irritation or flu-like symptoms (diarrhea, fatigue, fever, headache, or muscle pain), consult with your doctor. It may be necessary for you to reduce the number of times a day that you use the medicine or to stop using the medicine for a short time until your skin is less irritated or your flu-like symptoms disappear.
Avoid having genital, oral, or anal sex while the medicine is on your skin. Make sure you wash the cream off your skin before you engage in any sexual activity . Also, the medicine contains oils that can weaken latex (rubber) condoms, diaphragms, or cervical caps causing them not to work properly to prevent pregnancy.
Do not use any other skin product on the same skin area on which you use this medicine, unless directed otherwise by your doctor.
Do not share your medicine with others , even if you think that they have the same condition you have.
Is there anything specific I should know if I am using Aldara?
While using Aldara individuals should be aware of the following:
Sexual (genital, anal or oral) contact should be avoided. If you decide to have sexual relations, apply Aldara cream after, not before, sexual activity. If you have already applied the cream, it should be washed off before sexual activity.
Are there any drug interactions associated with the use of Aldara?
Although certain medicines should not be used together at all, in other cases two different medicines may be used together even if an interaction might occur. In these cases, your doctor may want to change the dose, or other precautions may be necessary. Discuss with your doctor and/or pharmacist if you are using any other prescription or nonprescription (over-the-counter [OTC]) medications.
How do you apply Aldara?
Please adhere to the following instructions when applying Aldara:
What is the appropriate dose of Aldara?
The appropriate dose of imiquimod will be different for different patients. Follow your doctor's instructions when using Aldara. The following information includes only the average doses of Aldara. If your dose is different, do not change it unless your doctor instructs you to do so.
Apply to the wart(s) two times a day for three days in a row using an applicator tip or finger. Skip four days by not applying any medicine for four days in a row. If the wart can still be seen, this application cycle may be repeated each week for up to four weeks, until the wart is gone. No more than 0.5 grams of gel should be used each day of treatment.
What if I miss a dose of Aldara?
If you miss a dose of Aldara, wait until the next evening to apply it. Then go back to your regular dosing schedule.
What happens if I use too much Aldara?
Using too much Aldara cream could cause severe skin reactions. If too much cream is applied, simply wash away the extra cream with mild soap and water. When any skin reaction has settled, you may then continue with your treatment.
If the cream is accidentally swallowed, nausea, vomiting, headache, muscle pain, and fever could occur. If you or someone else accidentally swallows Aldara cream, contact your local doctor or seek immediate medical help.
Should Aldara be used if you are pregnant or breastfeeding?
If you are pregnant, intend to become pregnant or breastfeeding do not use this medication. If you become pregnant you should contact your doctor immediately. Clinical testing has not been done to establish whether the medication is present in the breast milk.
Can I Have Sex While Using ALDARA Cream?
Sexual contact should be avoided while the cream is on the skin. If you decide to have sexual relations, apply Aldara cream after - not before - sexual activity. If you have already applied the cream, it should be washed off before sexual activity. In addition, Aldara cream may weaken condoms and diaphragms; therefore the cream should not be left on during sexual activity. The effect of Aldara cream on the transmission of genital warts is unknown.
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