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Brand name: Aldara TM

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Active ingredients: imiquimod

What it is used for

Aldara 5% cream is indicated for treatment of solar (actinic) keratosis on the face and the scalp (see Precautions), and primary treatment of confirmed superficial basal cell carcinoma where surgery is considered inappropriate, and the treatment of external genital and peri-anal warts (Condyloma acuminata) in adults (see Precautions).

How to take it

The way to take this medicine is: Topical. This medicine is applied directly to the surface of the skin.

  • Store below 25 degrees Celsius
  • Do not Freeze
  • Shelf lifetime is 24 Months.

You should seek medical advice in relation to medicines and use only as directed by a healthcare professional.

Always read the label. If symptoms persist see your healthcare professional.

Visual appearance

White to faintly yellow cream with a uniform appearance.

Do I need a prescription?

This medicine is available from a pharmacist and requires a prescription. It is Schedule 4 : Prescription Only Medicine.

Pregnant or planning a pregnancy?

For the active ingredient imiquimod

You should seek advice from your doctor or pharmacist about taking this medicine. They can help you balance the risks and the benefits of this medicine during pregnancy.

Consumer Medicines Information (CMI)

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Reporting side effects

You can help ensure medicines are safe by reporting the side effects you experience.

You can report side effects to your doctor, or directly at www.tga.gov.au/reporting-problems

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