The medicine comes in the form of a cream that is applied to the affected areas of the skin two to five times a week, depending on the reason it is being used. Possible side effects of this drug may include skin reactions, such as redness, swelling, and dryness.
Before using Aldara, make sure your healthcare provider has up-to-date information on any medications you are taking. Also let your healthcare provider know if you have a weakened immune system, an overactive immune system, or a sunburn.
(For more information on this medication, click Aldara. This full-length article provides information on how this skin medicine works, dosing instructions, and safety issues to be aware of before beginning treatment.)
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