Side Effects of AldaraJust like any medicine, Aldara may cause side effects. However, not everyone who uses the skin cream will experience problems. In fact, most people tolerate it quite well.
If reactions do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or are treated easily by you or your healthcare provider. Serious reactions are less common. Although almost everyone who uses Aldara will experience skin reactions, very severe skin reactions are less common.
Common side effects of Aldara may include but are not limited to:
- Flaky and/or dry skin
- Scabbing or crusting of the skin
- Ulceration or erosion (open sores) of the skin
- Oozing of the skin.
(Click Aldara Side Effects to learn more, including potentially serious side effects you should report immediately to your healthcare provider.)
Drug InteractionsAldara appears to be unlikely to react with other medications (see Aldara Drug Interactions).
What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider?You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to using Aldara if you have:
- A weakened immune system due to any cause
- An overactive immune system
- A sunburn
- Any other skin problems
- Any allergies, including to medications, foods, dyes, or preservatives.
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are:
- Undergoing treatment for actinic keratosis with surgery or other medications
- Pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant (see Aldara and Pregnancy)
- Breastfeeding (see Aldara and Breastfeeding).
Make sure to tell your healthcare provider about any other medications you are taking, including prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
(Click Aldara Warnings and Precautions to learn more, including information on who should not use the drug.)