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What is Aldara?

Aldara (imiquimod) is a cream that is most commonly used to treat genital warts. It acts as an immune response modifier (IRM), which means it works with the immune system to stimulate the body's natural defence mechanisms. The cream is designed for topical use for the treatment of external genital warts and can be used in patients over the age of 12. When buying prescription medication such as Aldara online in the UK, you must be over 18.

What are the additional benefits of using Aldara?


When used correctly, Aldara cream can lead to a variety of benefits.

  • The cream typically clears the outbreak completely within weeks.
  • It can educe the pain or discomfort associated with genital warts by the 2nd week.
  • Low maintenance medication applied just three times per week.
  • Easy to apply solution.
  • Very well tolerated as the treatment is applied directly to the area, not ingested into your system.

Aldara cream is MHRA-approved, which means you can be sure you are using a safe and effective treatment. Aldara is also suitable for many with sensitive skin as it stimulates your immune system and doesn't have a toxic effect on the digestive system, unlike other wart treatments.

As well as these benefits, Aldara 5% cream has also been proven to be effective when treating other skin-related problems such as superficial basal cell carcinoma and actinic keratosis.


How does Aldara work?

Aldara contains the active ingredient imiquimod, which acts by stimulating the natural defence mechanisms of the body. Scientists believe that the imiquimod binds to the immune cells present in skin and causes them to release defence chemicals known as cytokines.

Cytokines help the immune system to fight viral infections by preventing the multiplication of viruses in cells. They also help to stop malignant or abnormal cells from increasing. As genital warts are caused by the human papilloma virus (HPV), Aldara (imiquimod) stimulates the body's immune system to target the HPV virus directly, treating the genital warts directly.

Who can take Aldara?

There are some people who should buy Aldara (imiquimod) cream with caution as it may cause adverse reactions or simply not work effectively. These groups of people include those who:

  • Have had an organ transplant.
  • Have auto-immune conditions or a weakened immune system.
  • Have inflammatory skin conditions.

Uncircumcised men who have warts on or under the foreskin may also need to seek alternative treatment.

This medication is not suitable for children. It is also not safe for adults who are allergic to any of the ingredients in the cream. If the genital warts are inside the genitals or anus, this medication should not be used, as Aldara (imiquimod) cream is meant for external genital warts only.

How do I use Aldara?

Aldara (imiquimod) cream is currently only available in a 250 mg, 12-sachet dosage, and is most effective if it is applied three times per week to the external genital warts.

  • It should be applied in a thin layer to the infected area and rubbed in until you can no longer see the cream.
  • This should be done before falling asleep and washed off after six to ten hours with mild soap and water, and then dried thoroughly.
  • It is important to wash your hands before and after you apply the cream.

You should continue the treatment until the warts have cleared and for no longer than 16 weeks. Do not apply the cream to broken or wounded skin, and make sure that you only apply it in a thin layer. If any symptoms of genital warts persist after 16 weeks, contact your doctor for further information.

Other uses for Aldara

Although the primary use and purpose of prescription for Aldara is for the treatment of external genital warts, it is also said to provide a useful action against certain skin conditions including:

  • Actinic Keratosis - Aldara (imiquimod) cream is clinically proven to help reduce the prevalence of nonhyperkeratotic and nonhypertrophic actinic keratoses on the face or scalp of adults.
  • Superficial Basal Cell Carcinoma - It is also indicated for the topical treatment of superficial basal cell carcinoma (sBCC) with a tumour diameter of no more than 2.0 cm, located externally excluding the hands or feet. It is only used for this purpose when prior surgical methods have not proved sufficient in treating the condition.

What are the side effects of Aldara (imiquimod)?

Aldara is a prescription medication and as such contains a small risk of adverse side effects. If these do occur they are likely to be mild and could involve:

  • Mild irritation of the skin such as itching and burning
  • Flu-like symptoms such as fever, body aches or chills
  • A stuffy nose, sneezing or a sore throat
  • Headaches, back ache or muscle pain
  • Nausea or diarrhoea
  • Skin redness or scabbing

These are usually not common and tend to be either very manageable, or disappear quickly.

There is a very small possibility of more serious side effects. If you feel you are experiencing any of the following, you should consult a doctor as a matter of urgency; any kind of allergic reaction including hives or rash, difficulty breathing, swelling of the face, lips or throat; chest pain or an irregular heartbeat; vaginal pain or swelling; blistering, bleeding, severe irritation or pain at the application site.

As you continue to use the cream, your body should be accustomed to it, on the other hand if side effects persist, then you should contact a qualified healthcare provider for advice.

What precautions should I take with Aldara (imiquimod)?

There are a number of precautions you should consider before you decide whether to buy Aldara cream. These include:

  • Aldara cream may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions. It is therefore important to mention your allergies to a doctor before buying Aldara.
  • This treatment can make you more sensitive to sunlight. Prolonged exposure to the sun should therefore be avoided.
  • It is vital that sexual contact is avoided whilst the cream is on. Protection (such as condoms) should still be used.
  • Aldara should only be used during pregnancy if absolutely necessary. This should be discussed with a doctor prior to placing an order for the treatment.
  • Although there is no definitive evidence, it is suggested that Aldara is used with caution in women who are currently breastfeeding.

How can I buy Aldara online?

You can purchase Aldara (5%) 250mg cream from HealthExpress by just clicking on the link below to start your fast and simple online consultation. Your consultation will be checked over by one of our doctors, who will assess your suitability regarding the severity of your particular symptoms and the dosage available. If your consultation is approved, you will be able to buy this medication, safely and securely, along with other treatments that are suitable for your particular condition.

Can I buy Aldara without a prescription?

Aldara is a prescription-only medication due to the mixture of ingredients that can cause side effects. Whilst this is unlikely, it's important to supply your medical history to a doctor so they can analyse whether Aldara is not only safe but effective for you to use. Prescription slips can often be renewed without the need for a face-to-face appointment, hence the convenience of online healthcare services such as HealthExpress, but your medical details should always be updated.

Is it safe to buy Aldara online?

Buying Aldara from an online source can save time and energy spent booking a traditional appointment in person, however, you must make sure it is a reputable source. There are several ways you can confirm that an online healthcare site provides safe prescription medications. Firstly, does it have the mandatory certifications? These should be displayed clearly on the home page. Secondly, do they provide a consultation reviewed by a doctor? Thirdly, do they work with a UK-based pharmacy?

Getting Aldara delivered in the UK

Aldara is always delivered discreetly with no reference to our brand on the packaging. This means you can get your treatment delivered to a shared accommodation or workplace in confidence.

With consultations made and approved by our doctor before 4.30pm Monday to Friday, you will receive Aldara the very next day. This service is also free of charge. On orders approved after this time, Aldara will arrive the day after.

If next-day delivery isn't convenient for you, you can choose nominated day delivery. This allows you to choose a particular day in advance. We also have several UPS pick-up points across the UK.

How do you pay for Aldara?

At HealthExpress, you can pay using any major credit card including VISA, MasterCard and American Express. You can also pay via bank transfer. When selecting this in the checkout, we will send you our details.

At this time, we do not offer the option of payment via cash on delivery.

How do I know if it's authentic Aldara?

Similar to verifying the healthcare website, certificates with the relevant health associations provide reassurance that the medication you're buying is authentic. In addition, all Aldara comes complete with the full patient leaflet that you must read before use.

It's important to note that sometimes the packaging may vary but the content of Aldara will be the same. For example, the manufacturer MEDA will be visible and the cream comes in sachets.

Do you have any other queries or observations?

If you have any further questions regarding Aldara that we haven't answered here, you can always contact our Customer Service Team via email, phone or Live Chat available Monday to Friday 8:00-17:00.

Aldara info
Product nameAldara
Active ingredient(s)Imiquimod
ManufacturerMEDA Pharm
Lowest price£58.99
Trustpilot rating4.7/5
Trustpilot reviews58
AvailabilityIn stock
DescriptionAldara is a topical treatment used to treat genital warts caused by the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV)
ExemptionSubject to medical prescription
Available dosage(s)0.05
ApplicationMen and women over 18 with genital warts
UsageApply 3 times a week to the affected area
Drug classTopical anti-infectives
Alcohol consumptionNo influence
Breastfeeding/pregnancyUnknown reaction, ask your doctor

Note: Decisions about treatment are for both the prescriber and the person to jointly consider during the consultation. However, the final decision will always be the prescriber’s.

Aldara FAQs

What does Aldara cream do?

Aldara helps your body's natural defences to fight the human papilloma virus (HPV) which causes the warts.

How effective is Aldara (Imiquimod)?

Aldara (Imiquimod) is a clinically-proven treatment. Most studies report a 10% or less recurrence of warts once treatment is completed.

How quickly does Aldara work?

It usually works within 8 -10 weeks, but warts may clear as early as 4 weeks.

Is Aldara safe?

Yes, Aldara is a clinically proven genital warts treatment and has been licensed for use by the UK Regulatory Body for Medicines (MHRA).

How does Aldara work on skin cancer?

Aldara can be prescribed for a type of skin cancer known a 'basal cell carcinoma', which is usually caused by sun damage. It helps your body's natural defences to kill the cancer cells by releasing a number of chemicals called cytokines.

How much is Aldara cream?

The price of Aldara cream will depend on where you purchase it from. You can see our prices for Aldara at the top of the page.

When do I stop using Aldara?

You should not stop using Aldara without your doctor's advice. Stopping treatment early may cause symptoms to recur.

How do I heal Aldara burns?

If you experience any local skin reactions from using Aldara, you should speak to your doctor or pharmacy for advice.

What if Aldara cream doesn't work?

If after your treatment course you still have symptoms or they have returned, you should speak to your doctor as soon as possible.

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Further reading

How to recognise genital warts symptoms

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