Skin Cancer Home > Aldara Dosage

When using Aldara, dosing guidelines will primarily depend on the condition being treated and whether you develop severe skin reactions. This medicine comes as a skin cream that is applied two to five times weekly. If severe skin problems occur, you may have to temporarily stop using it. Make sure to avoid the sun and wear sunscreen during treatment with this drug.

An Introduction to Dosing With Aldara

The dose of Aldara® (imiquimod cream) your healthcare provider recommends will largely depend on what condition is being treated and whether you develop severe skin reactions. As is always the case, do not adjust your dosage unless your healthcare provider specifically tells you to do so.

Recommended Aldara Dosage for Actinic Keratosis

The standard recommended Aldara dosage for actinic keratosis treatment is one packet applied to the treatment area twice a week before bedtime for 16 weeks. A "treatment area" is a single area of about 25 square centimeters (an area about 2 inches by 2 inches) on the face, scalp, or one cheek. If you have more skin to treat, this should usually be done in separate treatment cycles. Apply the cream at bedtime, leave it on for about eight hours, and then wash it off.

Recommended Aldara Dosage for Genital or Perianal Warts

The standard dose of Aldara for treating external genital warts or external perianal warts is a thin layer applied before bedtime three times a week until the warts are gone, up to a maximum of 16 weeks. Women should be careful to not get any of the medication inside the vagina, as vaginal tissue is too delicate for this medication. Apply it at bedtime, leave it on for 6 to 10 hours, and then wash it off in the morning.
Each packet is enough to cover about 20 square centimeters of skin. If you are treating a smaller area, you will use less than a full packet.
Written by/reviewed by:
Last reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD;
Last updated/reviewed:
List of references (click here):
Other Articles in This eMedTV Presentation




Related Channels

eMedTV Links
Copyright © 2006-2019 Clinaero, Inc.

eMedTV serves only as an informational resource. This site does not dispense medical advice or advice of any kind. Site users seeking medical advice about their specific situation should consult with their own physician. Click Terms of Use for more information.

This site complies with the HONcode standard for trustworthy health information:
verify here.