Aldara Cream (Imiquimod) and/or alternatives
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General Information On Aldara Cream
The purpose of Aldara Cream is several fold. It helps rid the body of several different skin diseases including superficial basal cell carcinoma, actinic keratosis and genital warts. This medication was made to work with the immune cells in the body. For genital warts, or human papilloma virus, Aldara cream, when applied, is like a magnet, attracting immune cells to the affected area. These immune cells work hard to kill warts. While this cream works for basal cell carcinoma and actinic keratosis, the mechanism behind its effectiveness is not known. Dosage levels include: Aldara Cream 0.05%.
Side Effects/Precautions for Aldara Cream
Generic Aldara Cream or Imiquimod itself, should not be used if you are allergic to any of the ingredients in the cream. Some of the side effects include back pain, headache, diarrhea and overall general pain. Other side effects include flaking of the skin, redness, itching and burning. You can also experience scabbiness, thick skin, tenderness and swelling where the cream has been applied. Eczema, viral infections and atrial fibrillation have also been described in some cases. Rare side effects include fever, alopecia, rigors, urinary tract infections, vomiting and dizziness.
Aldara Cream or Imiquimod Cream, should not be used if you have any autoimmune illnesses or have taken immunosupressants for a medical condition. For patients with Xeroderma Pigmentosum or Basal Cell Nevus Syndrome we do not advise using Aldara cream as its safety and effectiveness have not been confirmed. Generic Aldara cream should not be taken orally or used in the eyes or inserted in the vagina.
Aldara Cream Dosage
The dosage for Aldara cream varies depending upon your condition. The cream is used twice a week (example: Monday and Thursday; Tuesday and Friday etc) for 16 weeks for the treatment of actinic keratosis. The cream is applied 5 times in a week (daily once) for 6 weeks, for the treatment of superficial basal cell cancer. For the treatment of external perianal or genital warts, the cream is used 3 times a week for a maximum period of 16 weeks or until all the warts are clear. Aldara cream 10 mg is used for a tumor less than 1.0 cm diameter. Aldara cream 25 mg and 40 mg cream is used for tumors >1.0 - <1.5 cm and >1.5 - 2.0 cm diameter respectively.
Why Buy Aldara Cream From Pharmacy RX World?
We always try to obtain our medications at the cheapest prices so we can pass that savings on to you. In this case the Aldara Cream drug is available in generic form so you will save a lot of money when you buy Aldara Cream from us. This generic drug is called Imiquimod Cream and is nearly 50% less than the standard brand name medication.
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What is a "Generic" medication/drug?
Generic drugs are medications that have comparable medicinal ingredients as the original brand name drug, but which are generally cheaper in price. Nearly 1 in 3 drugs dispensed are "generic". They undergo testing to ensure that they are similar to their "brand" counterparts in:
- Active Ingredient (e.g. "Pravastatin" is the active ingredient in brand name Pravachol)
- Dosage (e.g. 10 mg of the active ingredient)
- Safety (e.g. same or similar side effects, drug interactions)
- Performance (e.g. 10 mg of a "generic" can be substituted for 10 mg of the "brand" and have the same therapeutic result)
- Intended use (e.g. both "generic" and "brand" would be prescribed for the same conditions)
What this means is that "generic" medications can be used as a substitute of their brand equivalents with the comparable therapeutic results. There are a few exceptions (examples are outlined at the end of this page) and as always you should consult your physician before switching from a brand name medications to a generic or vice versa.
What differences are there between generic and brand?
While generics and brand equivalent drugs contain the same active ingredients, they may be different in the following ways:
- Appearance (e.g. the scoring or markings)
The color, shape and size of the medication come from the fillers that are added to the active ingredients to make the drug. These fillers that are added to the drug have no medical use and do not to change the effectiveness of the final product. A generic drug must contain comparable active ingredients and must have a comparable strength and dosage as the original brand name equivalent. Generic drugs can be more cost effective than purchasing the brand name.
Why do generics cost less than the brand name equivalents?
When a new drug is "invented", the company that discovered it has a patent on it that gives them the exclusive production rights for this medication. Once the patent expires in a country, other companies can bring the product to market under their own name. This patent prevents other companies from copying the drug during that time so they can earn back their Research and Development costs through being the exclusive supplier of the product. After the patent expires however, other companies can develop a "generic" version of the product. These versions generally are offered at much lower prices because the companies do not have the same development costs as the original company who developed the medication.
The main thing to realize here though is that the two products are therapeutically equivalent. They may look different, and be called something different.
How are Generic drugs tested to ensure quality and efficacy?
Generally speaking, the two most generally accepted methods to prove the safety of a generic version of a drug are to either repeat most of the chemistry, animal and human studies originally done, or to show that the drug performs comparably with the original brand name drug. This second option is called a "comparative bioavailability" study. During this type of study, volunteers are given the original drug, and then separately later the generic drug. The rates at which the drug is delivered to the patient (into their blood stream or otherwise absorbed) are measured to ensure they are the same. Because the same active ingredient is used the major concern is just that it delivers the common chemical(s) at the same rate so that they have the same effect. Please note that the methods that the manufacturers use may vary from country to country.