Prescription skin cancer cream Aldara...

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

There are 2172 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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Scott

Manassas, VA

#451 Nov 9, 2008
I have been on Aldara for two weeks for pre cancerous spots on my face. Yes, lots of redness and itching. Question I have, can I use some other cream like aloe vera between treatments or does that defeat the purpose? I wish I had found this site efore starting, but for 6 weeks and using twice a week, I am going to stick it out awhile longer and see how bad it does get.
Thanks....
Joe Pluskota

United States

#452 Nov 9, 2008
I started Aldara Cream on Oct 13, I've had very harsh burning sensation, bad headacres, loss of sleep, fatigue, loss of short term memory. I could only shave on the application days as my skin fealt as if it was burning off. Now I hear about the open lesion issue....I just wonder what the FDA is going to do?
Sandi

Odessa, TX

#453 Nov 9, 2008
Scott,
On Page 21,#417 I talk about the guy on Page 6 Blog #107 who mentions diluting it with Cetaphil to take away itching and burning. He didn't seem to think it interfered with it. Also Askapatient.com has more info on it as well.
Shelby

Yorba Linda, CA

#454 Nov 10, 2008
I started using Aldara exactly a week ago for genital warts, using it monday, wednesday and friday. Warts seemed much better by tuesday morning. i continued treatmeant and by the second treatment i started to feel a little sore. by the friday, i noticed a large very sore bump. it scared me but i had no idea what it was, so i continued the treatment. by saturday my vagina was red and swollen. I started to get worried so i read all the directions and warning on the box (should have done that first) and realized that the these were side effects of the drug. since then it has only gotten worse. i have large oozing blisters all over my vagina. It is very painful and itchy.It is hard to walk and really hurts when i urinate. I am not going to continue use of drug right now, and am planning on calling my doctor tomorow. I am up right now and its very late, but i cant sleep due to the pain, so i decided to research the drug and found this site. it seems that my side effects are very similar to a lot of other people. One thing i have not heard yet is people with genital warts after the drug and if there side effects went away, and if they healed. I guess i will repost later to update my state, and the state of my warts. this really sucks, but if the warts go away it will be worth it to me. if any one has feed back on how they healed after using aldara for genital warts, it would be really appreciated. i might consider continuing aldara if i heal, but i will definetly use it in much smaller dosages and much more carefully
Scott

New York, NY

#455 Nov 10, 2008
Sandi wrote:
Scott,
On Page 21,#417 I talk about the guy on Page 6 Blog #107 who mentions diluting it with Cetaphil to take away itching and burning. He didn't seem to think it interfered with it. Also Askapatient.com has more info on it as well.
Thanks Sandi. I went to the posts and the askpatient.com site and read up on it. Not sure how many of symptoms are now popping up (flu like, tired) because of reading about it and it is in my head or reality!
I guess I am optimisitc to ride it out the six weeks and see what happens from there.
My temples are definitely taking a pounding. How much longer after the six weeks does it take before the redness, swelling, etc goes away?
Sandi

Midland, TX

#456 Nov 10, 2008
Scott, It took a couple weeks before the flu symptoms really went away for me. Just didn't feel 100% for a while. After that, I was back to working out and feeling good. I can wear make-up, so I was able to cover up the redness, but the bright, bright red was gone after a month. My doctor said to give it six months before it completely went away and I read somewhere where it can take up to a year - pretty much if it's not gone after a year than it is permanent. I stopped the cream around July 4th, and strangers at my niece's wedding on September 6th were telling my sister what a beautiful complexion I have! She was laughing when she came over to tell me about it. If they could have only seen me a couple months earlier looking like Freddie Kruger ;)
mandi

Pyrmont, Australia

#458 Nov 10, 2008
If you read through the comments on askapatient.com ,you will find a lot of information is contained within the comments from people who have used Aldara for Genital issues.
I have been left disabled since using Aldara cream 7 years ago. I have autoimmune issues throughout my body. This is a side effect of the action of Aldara. It is designed to stimulate the immune system. There just is no way to stop this if it becomes a problem..so far. I have had 'Flu-like symptoms" for 7 years now and they are not slight. I can hardly eat due to Autoimmune pancreatitis acute and chronic. Have trouble walking because of Polymyalgia Rheumatica, Greater trochanter bursitis and have constant extreme pain from Fibromyalgia. I am getting worse as time goes by and more and more disabled. My life is one of constant pain allover my body. I have lost my income, my independance,and the life that I loved. I was a very busy , capable and dynamic person before I used Aldara Cream. my story is not an isolated case. I would never have connected Aldara Cream to these illness's if the Dermatologist who prescribed it had not vivited me in hospital 3 years ago and told me what he had found out about Aldara and the connection to my severe state of ill health. I believe that we all owe this man a huge debt of thanks.
Go and look for yourself. Read what you can on this drug. The TGA here has not reported my symptoms on their website. I have contacted them and filed a report a number of years ago. THere is only one thing that i am certain of and that is that you would not want to live my life.
Good luck and I hope you make the right decision for you.
Robin

Pensacola, FL

#459 Nov 11, 2008
I am now into my third week. Finally starting to feel alittle raw - not bad at this point. I have noticed my gw has gotten bigger and maybe even more have started, but what my previous physician told me was a skin tag has not changed. I have yet to call on my new doctor yet but plan on doing so after this week runs its course. It almost seems like I have skin tags along my panty line area in the crease of my skin. I know skin tags are a form of HPV as well as a normal wart you get on fingers, etc. I just read that in the process of treatment, you may get more gws. Has anyone else experienced this?
Tom Clarke

Philadelphia, PA

#460 Nov 25, 2008
I have used Aldara a couple of times and the redness and ugly sores to clear up. But I just realized that when you use too much, there are side effects...I have been very tired, bloodshot eyes, headachy, head full of mucus feeling, and atrial fribillation (which I have been under medication for, but with the Al;dara, the medication did not seem to work too well), dizziness at times. The doc just told me that when you use more than one pack every onther day (ie treating a larger area or areas), the chances for the side effects really increase. Anyone else getting some of these symptoms?
julie

Whangarei, New Zealand

#461 Nov 25, 2008
Hi folks ,i have been 5 days on Aldara i have a BCC SMACK IN BETWEEN MY EYEBROWS.I had it for years like a red spot and while being treated for bcc on my lower left eyelid i asked two top docs what it is 'oh just a minor Keretosis,yeah right two years on its gone halfway down in the skin and doc biopsed it and sure enough a bcc.Doc is hitting me wth 6 days thick Aldara applacations of which ive only done 5.Scabbing up and large raw area but he said he cant imagine the mess i be in if i do Mohs and plastic surgery as it will be a major so i would hope this works as ive had major plastic surgery under a local on my lower lid and i would rather go through any thing than that again so hope and pray for me guys.Whats a few side effects if you can avoid the knife i say.Have to say i look pretty gross at the moment but who cares if it works.
JTB

West Chester, OH

#462 Nov 26, 2008
I am following a similar process with Aldara on my scalp - Left side. I noticed in Week 2 an enlarged lymph node on the left side of my neck and left side of my head above the ear. I have seen my Derm.MD and was advised to continue for 2 more weeks. I am concerned with the lymph node issue. I am also having difficulty with my contact on the left side (eye affected)..
Dianne H wrote:
I have been using Aldara for 3 wks now, 5 days on and 2 off. I have 2 more weeks to go and I can't
wait. It is itchy, much larger than I expected on
the forehead, but now my neck is so sore and swollen with enlarged lymph nodes. Yes it is a small price to pay if it gets rid of it but I feel like the Dermatologists need to take more time and let you know what normal side effects are. I am tired all of the time and my joints are acing all of the time. Anyone else with enlarged
lymph nodes?
mandi

Darling Point, Australia

#463 Nov 27, 2008
You would not want the side effects that I experience every minute of every day of every month for the last 7 years. I used Aldara Cream Twice! I was too sick to continue. I have had lumps the size of squash balls on my body intially. We relised something was wrong when Over the course of one and half weeks I was unable to walk...a painful shuffle supported by my 11 year old daughter. I was 41 years old at that time. This is not a simple side effect. i have just had a week in hospital as I was too sick to look after myself. No answers. Many clever Proffessors...not one answer, not a suggestion...go home and accept. I really hope someone is able to benefit from my efforts to warn you. My life is torture...I am not unusual in this reaction to Aldara. it is happening to many people. Not sure what has happened to other Aldara victims who post warnings on these sites..they are very silent now for many months. Last contact with one..she was so very ill. This drug is no joke. It has destroyed my family and my life.

Since: Nov 08

Cape Coral, FL

#464 Nov 29, 2008
i have AK on my chest. a large area. one was scc but was removed by a plastic surgeon. it is my 4th week on aldara and i spike a fever every day after i use it. this only just started a week ago. flu like symptoms , nausea, achy, headaches more at the begining of treatment. at first i thought it was my discontinued use of purinethol( an imunosuppresant) which i take for crohns disease since they thought that it may have contributed to the ak and SCC.the itching and burning are terrible. any suggestions, sorry for grammar and spelling im in bed with a fever again. will it pass?little numbness in my thumb and hans one nite.
Sandi

Lubbock, TX

#465 Nov 29, 2008
You might want to ask them if you can dilute it with Cetaphil - a method that has helped some people deal with the burning and itching. Some people also said that ice-packs helped. Is Crohn's Disease an auto-immune disease the way ulcerative colitis is? You might want to make sure that it isn't and remind your docs that Aldara is contra-indicated for auto-immune diseases if it is. I'm also concerned that you were on something that was suppressing your immune system right before since this stuff makes your immune system work overtime. I don't know that much about it, but I would want to double-check the appropriateness of it. I also ran a fever and felt like I had the flu when I was on it along with the wonderful nausea. People who put it on a large area also have more problems, so you might ask if you can do a small area at a time. A few people also said that they applied it with a toothpick or q-tip to avoid absorbing it in their fingers and hands. It is super-powerful stuff. The less you can get on areas it's not meant for, the better. I would read back through these postings for tips from people who have used it successfully. Spread out your doses when it's too bad if your doctors will let you. It's possible it might slow down how quickly you get rid of them, but it might also make it more bearable. Make sure you communicate everything to your doctors - don't be afraid to call them with your concerns. They're supposed to be there to help you. If you're on it for 6 weeks, then it sounds like you're almost done. If it gets too bad, you might want to take a break from it entirely. If you're like me I just wanted to get it over with as quickly as possible, but some people had better success taking a break. Just do what's right for you and make sure your doctors are on top of it. I can tell you that it was worth it all to me once it was over, but I also didn't have a large area on my chest - just most of my left cheek. I can't really speak to the effect of a big area. Hang in there, and good luck!

Since: Nov 08

Cape Coral, FL

#466 Nov 30, 2008
Sandi wrote:
You might want to ask them if you can dilute it with Cetaphil - a method that has helped some people deal with the burning and itching. Some people also said that ice-packs helped. Is Crohn's Disease an auto-immune disease the way ulcerative colitis is? You might want to make sure that it isn't and remind your docs that Aldara is contra-indicated for auto-immune diseases if it is. I'm also concerned that you were on something that was suppressing your immune system right before since this stuff makes your immune system work overtime. I don't know that much about it, but I would want to double-check the appropriateness of it. I also ran a fever and felt like I had the flu when I was on it along with the wonderful nausea. People who put it on a large area also have more problems, so you might ask if you can do a small area at a time. A few people also said that they applied it with a toothpick or q-tip to avoid absorbing it in their fingers and hands. It is super-powerful stuff. The less you can get on areas it's not meant for, the better. I would read back through these postings for tips from people who have used it successfully. Spread out your doses when it's too bad if your doctors will let you. It's possible it might slow down how quickly you get rid of them, but it might also make it more bearable. Make sure you communicate everything to your doctors - don't be afraid to call them with your concerns. They're supposed to be there to help you. If you're on it for 6 weeks, then it sounds like you're almost done. If it gets too bad, you might want to take a break from it entirely. If you're like me I just wanted to get it over with as quickly as possible, but some people had better success taking a break. Just do what's right for you and make sure your doctors are on top of it. I can tell you that it was worth it all to me once it was over, but I also didn't have a large area on my chest - just most of my left cheek. I can't really speak to the effect of a big area. Hang in there, and good luck!
Thanks so much for the comments. i surely will speak to my doctor about those options. i want to stick it out or i will feel as if i went through all this for nothing. crohns is an auto immune disorder and i went off my immunosuppresant drug about 2 weeks into treatment because my gastro. doctor was afraid it may be contributing to the squamous cell cancer. thank you sooo much. i couldn't fiure out why i was getting so sick.
casey

Dierks, AR

#467 Dec 1, 2008
I used aldara for one month for 2 gential warts. It itched burned and bleed and I had diarrhea. But has anyone had any kind of weird blood tests while on aldara? I have been called back in today to see my doctor because of my blood test. thanks Casey
Sandi

Odessa, TX

#468 Dec 1, 2008
mariaph wrote:
<quoted text> Thanks so much for the comments. i surely will speak to my doctor about those options. i want to stick it out or i will feel as if i went through all this for nothing. crohns is an auto immune disorder and i went off my immunosuppresant drug about 2 weeks into treatment because my gastro. doctor was afraid it may be contributing to the squamous cell cancer. thank you sooo much. i couldn't fiure out why i was getting so sick.
I forgot to mention Borage oil from another post that is supposed to help the skin heal. I saw that after I was finished with the cream and started taking it to help the redness heal. It really has seemed to help - my skin feels much less dry than it usually does in the Winter in fact.
cincinnati

Cincinnati, OH

#469 Dec 1, 2008
? for casey or whom ever would like to respond.
This aldara cream for GW did it work or not. I've been reading all these posts and opinions pro and con. It seems very mixed in deed. I'm looking into this for my daughter and she is totally freeked out about this as she is a young lady and doesnt want to deal with this the rest of her life and i dont know how to help her. Shes asking for my help and i dont know what to do.
Also looking on the web i see they can treat GW with lazer/electrical current or freezing also. Has anyone ever used those methods.
Sandi

Odessa, TX

#470 Dec 4, 2008
Cincinnati,

There is much more information about the GW's on the http://www.askapatient.com/viewrating.asp... site. There are many recent ones that would probably reassure you. Of course, there are also those who have had problems. I would be very nervous as it seems that people with GW seem to have a harder time. I feel so sorry for your daughter. I hope that the information there might help her make a decision.
Brenda

Elk Grove, CA

#471 Dec 7, 2008
Kind Mandi, Forgive me, I have been severly watched by doc's. All agree it is crap(ALDARA) and dr's (most) are looking for quick fix and $$$$$. I have a new team who are very angry. The above quotes about autoimmune problems are a death wish. So any one listening to (dr. sandi),beware she has been reported for giving very, very bad advice. By the way she is a layman... Mandi Please write brendas1mosaics@att.net, I have so much to tell you, if we die, There are plans in place. Russian Roulett was never my game. This drug will kill you!

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