Prescription skin cancer cream Aldara...

Prescription skin cancer cream Aldara has horrific side effects...

There are 2141 comments on the NewsTarget.com story from Aug 8, 2006, titled Prescription skin cancer cream Aldara has horrific side effects.... In it, NewsTarget.com reports that:

Elaine Hollingsworth put Aldara on her nose thinking that it was the "benign salve" that her dermatologist made it out to be; instead, it was the beginning of her nightmare.

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Sandi

Midland, TX

#309 Aug 21, 2008
Lynne, Iím really sorry that youíre sick. I hope you can understand why I donít want it to be strictly due to Aldara. I donít want this drug to hurt anyone. Not only have I used it, but I have recommended it to other people around here and directed them to this site to get the pros and cons. Iíve also referred a friend whoís a nurse in an oncology ward to this site. I want everyone to have a healthy caution about using it. I hope you find all the answers youíre looking for.
Sylvia

Birmingham, AL

#310 Aug 21, 2008
I just got prescribed this cream for a skin disease called Scleroderma...has anyone heard about the affects it has on it?
Brenda

United States

#311 Aug 21, 2008
Please sylvia do not use this dirty drug if you are still researching, please do alot of it. I am afraid for you.
Sandi

Midland, TX

#312 Aug 21, 2008
Sylvia, they call Scleroderma an autoimmune disease at this site http://www.medicinenet.com/scleroderma/articl... and say that "It is not unusual to find other autoimmune diseases in families of scleroderma patients." Aldara is contra-indicated for people with autoimmune diseases. I would ask your doctor about that and consult some other doctors. Doesn't sound like he's very informed.
Sandi

Midland, TX

#313 Aug 21, 2008
Aldara could make you MUCH worse if you already have an auto-immune disease.
Olivia

San Antonio, TX

#314 Aug 21, 2008
My face has been driving me crazy for a year now! I got flat warts called verucca plana on my face that has only spread I'm so depressed by it.My dermotologist Rx Aldara for my face to use at nights. At first, I was kinda happy to try something else cause nothing seems to work and most M.D.'s will tell you that warts are very hard to treat. But, I decided to research the topical cream online and now I am really scared. I don't wana stop using the cream cause, I am so desperate for something to work but, after reading all these comments now I just don't know what to do?
Karen AZ

Peoria, AZ

#315 Aug 23, 2008
Update on my condition. I was a perfectly healthy, active young woman, one that has had severe reactions, deathly ill after 10 doses of Aldara cream on a BCC. I have a team of 4 specialists working on this, and all are helpful, but only at treating symptoms, not able to discern how to stop it. For those of you with colitis from Aldara, it may help to take probiotic capsules from Whole foods, in the refrigerator section. If you are not on antibiotics, vitamin B5 can be helpful to heal, and reduce the stress levels that this causes.

I've been chronically ill for 9 weeks now, hospitalized, can't work, and am now going to seek legal counsel. If anyone knows of a firm that is capable of handling this big a case against a pharmaceutical company, I'd appreciate the advice...just so weak and too tired to even research. I have so much respect for the medical community, and am not a litigious person, but this
drug has completely destroyed my life.
Kept a journal, as I've come close to death on one occasion, and don't know if I'll ever heal.
PLEASE, please people who read this site, don't take Aldara, it is so not worth the risk. Freeze off a BCC, excise it. If you are still not convinced, at least don't take it more that 2x weekly!
Paul

South Perth, Australia

#316 Aug 23, 2008
I was presecribed Aldara for a solar keratosis on my cheek and nose. I was told to use it Mon-Fri nights for 6 weeks. I am 2 weeks into the treatment and I have to say it has been difficult - the burning, scabbing etc began to get quite unsightly and uncomfortable during the 2nd week (which my doctor warned would happen) and I suffered very severe flu symptoms for about 48 hours (sore throat and joints, fever, fatigue etc). I am feeling that the worst may be behind me so I am determined to persist with the treatment, although I may back it off to 3 nights per week which my doctor said I should do if the reactions get too severe. I will update my progress again in another 2 weeks.
spazz

El Paso, TX

#317 Aug 23, 2008
Kitty wrote:
I was put on Aldara two weeks ago for PM and have had the itching, ulceration, bleeding, etc. What worries me is ONE report that Aldara applied to open sore goes straight to the bloodstream and affects your immune system. I have only done this twice and now I'm scared to death. Is this just a horror store and an overexcited website, or should I be panicking?
I did a giant computer search from the AMA to the Derm sites and found nothing to back this scary report up. Please send me some reassurance; I don't need to be any more frightened. Thanks to all who reply, I appreciate it.
I would think there's no surer way of causing cancer than to irritate and damage the cells in such a way.
spazz

El Paso, TX

#318 Aug 23, 2008
Olivia wrote:
My face has been driving me crazy for a year now! I got flat warts called verucca plana on my face that has only spread I'm so depressed by it.My dermotologist Rx Aldara for my face to use at nights. At first, I was kinda happy to try something else cause nothing seems to work and most M.D.'s will tell you that warts are very hard to treat. But, I decided to research the topical cream online and now I am really scared. I don't wana stop using the cream cause, I am so desperate for something to work but, after reading all these comments now I just don't know what to do?
I had some annoying warts at one time, the more I worried about them the more they spread. I went to a good doctor who said that any thing can get rid of warts -- including cutting off a lock of hair and burying it on a full moon night, chemicals don't work too well, cutting them off leaves scarring. He suggested just stop thinking about them.

In just a couple days every one of them had disappeared -- I chose the just stop thinking about them and I've never had another.
Betty

AOL

#319 Aug 23, 2008
It's 3 weeks since can was removed from the end of my nose, but I have a bad burning in my nost that won't go away. any suggestions for anyone?
mandi

Sydney, Australia

#321 Aug 25, 2008
Paul wrote:
I was presecribed Aldara for a solar keratosis on my cheek and nose. I was told to use it Mon-Fri nights for 6 weeks. I am 2 weeks into the treatment and I have to say it has been difficult - the burning, scabbing etc began to get quite unsightly and uncomfortable during the 2nd week (which my doctor warned would happen) and I suffered very severe flu symptoms for about 48 hours (sore throat and joints, fever, fatigue etc). I am feeling that the worst may be behind me so I am determined to persist with the treatment, although I may back it off to 3 nights per week which my doctor said I should do if the reactions get too severe. I will update my progress again in another 2 weeks.
Caution Paul,you are now where I was 7 years ago.Pls read back through some of the previous posts. pls become informed. I have reported this drug to the TGA and they have not acurately reported my symptoms.I don't want another person to become as disabled as I have. I used Aldara twice 7 years ago. I am very disabled now.Pls use caution.You only have one body and when it continues to react with "severe flu-like symptoms", for 7 years it is hard to continue. The severe flu like symptoms have just progressed intoeven more difficult symptoms. Careful..your body is already sending you the warning signals
Dee London

UK

#322 Aug 25, 2008
I used efudex for 6 weeks originally for treating precancerous actinic keratosesand and the skin eruptions were bad,but nothing as bad as with this Aldara! I am using Aldera now , because some of the keratosis had remained after efudex application of 4 weeks. I am currently totally disfigured all over my face with open crusted sores and constant head aches! Now after reading all these posts and the danger of this cream getting into the blood stream, I am stopping immediately and returning to the dermatologist!
Brenda

United States

#323 Aug 26, 2008
This is so sad, I've tried to be strong and vigilient for 18 months. Not one person should go through this hell, I'm just so sorry for anyone that thinks there is hope in this deadly drug. Your all very brave and please lets keep posting.
CANCER is hard enough we shouldn't have to be contaimenated with this dirty dirty drug.
sally

Sydney, Australia

#324 Aug 27, 2008
Karen AZ wrote:
Update on my condition. I was a perfectly healthy, active young woman, one that has had severe reactions, deathly ill after 10 doses of Aldara cream on a BCC. I have a team of 4 specialists working on this, and all are helpful, but only at treating symptoms, not able to discern how to stop it. For those of you with colitis from Aldara, it may help to take probiotic capsules from Whole foods, in the refrigerator section. If you are not on antibiotics, vitamin B5 can be helpful to heal, and reduce the stress levels that this causes.
I've been chronically ill for 9 weeks now, hospitalized, can't work, and am now going to seek legal counsel. If anyone knows of a firm that is capable of handling this big a case against a pharmaceutical company, I'd appreciate the advice...just so weak and too tired to even research. I have so much respect for the medical community, and am not a litigious person, but this
drug has completely destroyed my life.
Kept a journal, as I've come close to death on one occasion, and don't know if I'll ever heal.
PLEASE, please people who read this site, don't take Aldara, it is so not worth the risk. Freeze off a BCC, excise it. If you are still not convinced, at least don't take it more that 2x weekly!
It may be usefulif you make contact with website " Doctorsaredangerous.com " and contact Elaine
mandi

Sydney, Australia

#325 Aug 27, 2008
Brenda wrote:
This is so sad, I've tried to be strong and vigilient for 18 months. Not one person should go through this hell, I'm just so sorry for anyone that thinks there is hope in this deadly drug. Your all very brave and please lets keep posting.
CANCER is hard enough we shouldn't have to be contaimenated with this dirty dirty drug.
I agree with you Brenda. There isn't anything else that we can do,except to try to prevent other people from having these same problems.This abuse of our bodies has to stop.If I can stop another person from living the way I have to, then I will feel that I have achieved something. Everyone needs to speak out to everyone they meet. In this I am fortunate as people ask me what has happened to me when they see me. It is obvious something has gone wrong.Keep speaking out. There are many people who don't want to know the truth of the side effects of Aldara Cream. I have to ask what their agenda is. if they have used this drug without side effects on a number of occasions I hope they continue to be lucky,because the other option is devastating. keep well and keep at it Brenda.
mandi

Sydney, Australia

#326 Aug 27, 2008
Hi Narelle.I hope you have found the site.Some of the stories here are very sad.And some of these people are very brave with the way they are handling the problems that Aldara has caused them.Thanks for taking the time to have a look. Have a good week.
Tony

Perris, CA

#327 Aug 27, 2008
I am in week 5 of a 6 week Aldara treatment on my face. I have been using the cream Monday thru Friday in combination for the first 3 weeks with Tretinoin which has now been replaced by Tazorac. I have to say that I had all the side effects mentioned including pain and scabbing, aches etc. However, I can tell you that it is working and the side effects have become less. Without a doubt the treatment is worth it. My skin is looking better and better. Yes, very painful and can make you feel down but just so well worth it as I enter the last week. Hang in there if you can.
Sandi

Odessa, TX

#328 Aug 27, 2008
My agenda is to keep people from being unnecessarily terrified of something that may help them cure their skin cancer. A small percentage of people will have a bad reaction to Aldara as with any medication on the market. It would be very hard for me not to promote something that helped me beat cancer. We ask our scientists to find a cure for cancer and when they do, we crucify them because it doesnít work for 100% of the people. Luckily, there are people like Tony who will encourage people to hang in there, even though they will be harassed by those assuring them that they're doomed and that we who have been successful with it donít know what weíre talking about. I certainly know I didnít overdose on it, have a previous autoimmune disease, or have an allergic reaction - nor will everyone else. Itís important to hear every side, but it doesnít mean that everyone will have the same horrible reaction as some of you.
Brenda

United States

#329 Aug 27, 2008
sandi you are the only one harrassing people. I'm sure everyone here see's your agenda...There are plenty of safe and other options without taking the risk of more damage to, 1st your extensive immune system which is very complicated at best. 2nd the largest organ, our skin. If your into Russian Roulett this is a slow and painful death. It is much more dangerous to females. There are so many negatives to truely outweigh it's use(aldara). Keep trying sandi, this all will come out in the wash. I'm being looked at now, by the goverment, and sandi I beleieve your love for aldara will be exposed. I hope you have those friends, that you highly recommended this deadly and unpredictable drug to, are still your friends.

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