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There are 2152 comments on the NewsTarget.com story from Aug 8, 2006, titled Prescription skin cancer cream Aldara has horrific side effects, sa.... 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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Aldara1

Lindale, TX

#1268 Sep 20, 2010
Maggie F wrote:
Anyone experiencing any side effects from Aldara must document all symptoms, see your doctor write to the FDA although they don't really care as they approved this deadly drug which almost killed me. The more people who immediately document their symptoms and have symptoms and the cause documented by a doctor, hopefully one sympathetic to those with adverse affects to Aldara the sooner this drug may be removed from the public and we must continue to petition the FDA about the serious adverse reactions to Aldara. I am currently in a personal injury lawsuit against my dermatologist and Wal-Mart who incorrectly prescribed this drug. It is deadly and can kill and alter your life forever.
Maggie, if your attorneys need any help with technical issues have them get in touch with me at http://www.aldara1.com
MsJ

Whitehall, PA

#1269 Sep 20, 2010
My husband passed away in February of 2010. He was on Aldara for 9 months. I am 100% sure that his death was because of Aldara. He was only 60 years old and always in good health. After Aldara, he lost his balance,could not hear as well, had labored breathing, and terrible muscle pain and weakness. I am really going to work on getting this drug off the market. I have called Graceway Pharma, where they market this in the US, and have not had any luck with them. I have called the FDA and they sent a form for me to fill out. It seems with so many people reporting problems that they would need to take action on this.
I hope that victims of this drug will be able to regain their strength.
Susan wrote:
<quoted text>
Hi Mandi..just noticed post above on your injuries...how long were you using Aldara and when did your symptoms appear?
Carol

Niles, MI

#1270 Sep 20, 2010
sylvia wrote:
<quoted text>In response to your symptoms, I have been off of aldara for two months, and still have the joint and muscle pain. My new doctor believes it is from Aldara.I am being referred to a neurologist because she suspects the damage to be permanant. Also, if you have a tendency for stiff joints Aldara can make it worse. It can bring to the surface any underlying problems you have. Evidently, it does not make everyone this sick, but most certainly it has made many of us ill. So ill in fact, that we wont ever fully recover. Richard Beasley is a very sick man right now, and will never get better. When I first got sick, and couldnt make my doctor believe me, Richard, who is truly an expert on effects of aldara, wrote a letter explaining exactly what aldara does to your body chemically. When I went to my new doctor, and told her of my aldara suspicions, she began to explain what aldara does. It sounded like she was reading the letter Richard wrote to the other doctor. After I showed her the letter, and she agreed with everything he said. I believe him to be credible.
Also, If it hadnt been for Elaine, whatever her motives are, I would be dead. It was she, who insisted that I seek a second opinion. I correspond with her regularly, and she has never asked for anything from me. She has been very caring and concerned that others, like herself, have been damaged by aldara.
I know it is confusing, what to do, or who to believe, but now I actually have doctors who believe, and agree with everything Elaine and Richard say about Aldara. They saved my life.
My prescribing doctor insisted and still to this day insists, that all my symptoms are not related to aldara, but pre aldara extensive check ups and scans reveal none of the problems I developed POST aldara.
Aldara's package insert even says that an adverse reaction such as joint and musle pain should be reported to your doctor immediately.
I hope you get good results, and dont have the experience, I, and others have had. Good luck.


If you haven't please check out Curaderm (Bec-5) I used it on the BCC on my scalp. Its about $120. a tube & you can get it at Swanson's Vitamins, but its worth it & the cancer won't come back! I bought the book also called, "Aldara, the cancer "cure", that kills" Its a great book full of information & has lots of before & after pictures of people who have used it. Best of Luck!
no name

United States

#1271 Sep 21, 2010
Carol wrote:
<quoted text>
If you haven't please check out Curaderm (Bec-5) I used it on the BCC on my scalp. Its about $120. a tube & you can get it at Swanson's Vitamins, but its worth it & the cancer won't come back! I bought the book also called, "Aldara, the cancer "cure", that kills" Its a great book full of information & has lots of before & after pictures of people who have used it. Best of Luck!
I highly caution anyone who has strong autoimmune reactions from using aldara to avoid curaderm Bec-5. Before I realized that aldara was the cause of all my problems as well as the increase in skin damage, I tried curaderm, and it destroyed the tissue and left terrible scaring. It may be a good choice for those who have not be negatively effected by aldara, but not those who have.
no name

United States

#1272 Sep 21, 2010
Maggie F wrote:
Anyone experiencing any side effects from Aldara must document all symptoms, see your doctor write to the FDA although they don't really care as they approved this deadly drug which almost killed me. The more people who immediately document their symptoms and have symptoms and the cause documented by a doctor, hopefully one sympathetic to those with adverse affects to Aldara the sooner this drug may be removed from the public and we must continue to petition the FDA about the serious adverse reactions to Aldara. I am currently in a personal injury lawsuit against my dermatologist and Wal-Mart who incorrectly prescribed this drug. It is deadly and can kill and alter your life forever.
Maggie could you please contact me at [email protected] I have some questions you could really help me with. Thank you
Becky

United States

#1273 Sep 21, 2010
I was diagnosed with BCC on the left side of my nose in the fall of 2007 and had surgery. By the end of 2009 the cancer was back in the same place - had surgery again in addition to freezing. Went back in May 2010 and it was still there. I decided to try Aldara. I am 47 years old and no health problems. Understanding that it is a topical form of "chemotherapy" and works with your immune system I read the insert with it front to back and followed the directions exactly, using the minimal amount needed, leaving it on for no more than 8 hours and washing it off. I used it for six weeks. By the end of week 2 I had the every side effect listed: scabbing, oozing, bleeding, redness, itching, tingling, crusting, etc. I also experienced some fatigue, headaches, waking up with my left eye swollen every morning during weeks 5 & 6, and allergy like symptoms with my left eye. It was awful, looked horrific and I started to quit using it. But I decided to go on. I was tired of surgery after surgery with scarring and I wanted my cancer gone and the insert mentioned all these side effects. I am so glad I did! I finished my six week course of 5 days using it and 2 days off. By week 7, the scab started coming off. At week 9, my skin is clear and looks so good and I got an ALL CLEAR - NO CANCER from my dermatoligist. I wish I had used this the first time and I wouldn't have the scar I do now from the previous two surgeries. If I have any more BCC to appear, I definitely will use it again, following the instructions exactly.
no name

United States

#1274 Sep 21, 2010
Becky wrote:
I was diagnosed with BCC on the left side of my nose in the fall of 2007 and had surgery. By the end of 2009 the cancer was back in the same place - had surgery again in addition to freezing. Went back in May 2010 and it was still there. I decided to try Aldara. I am 47 years old and no health problems. Understanding that it is a topical form of "chemotherapy" and works with your immune system I read the insert with it front to back and followed the directions exactly, using the minimal amount needed, leaving it on for no more than 8 hours and washing it off. I used it for six weeks. By the end of week 2 I had the every side effect listed: scabbing, oozing, bleeding, redness, itching, tingling, crusting, etc. I also experienced some fatigue, headaches, waking up with my left eye swollen every morning during weeks 5 & 6, and allergy like symptoms with my left eye. It was awful, looked horrific and I started to quit using it. But I decided to go on. I was tired of surgery after surgery with scarring and I wanted my cancer gone and the insert mentioned all these side effects. I am so glad I did! I finished my six week course of 5 days using it and 2 days off. By week 7, the scab started coming off. At week 9, my skin is clear and looks so good and I got an ALL CLEAR - NO CANCER from my dermatoligist. I wish I had used this the first time and I wouldn't have the scar I do now from the previous two surgeries. If I have any more BCC to appear, I definitely will use it again, following the instructions exactly.
Becky
Please just be aware that repeated use could be what turns a beneficial result into a full blown autoimmune reaction. I had no awareness of any negative side effects after my first time using it, it clear up fine the way you described. I continued to use it on and off over a 3 year period, and never connected the dots as to the various odd symptoms I was having, that seem totally unrelated, until thing got bad, and I got no answers from various doctors, and started doing my own research. Aldara totally messed up my immune system, but thankfully I found a good doctor who is treating me and fully believes Aldara is the cause, and have also found another very promising form of treatment, and I have improved beyond measure, but this has cost me dearly both in time and money trying to undo what
Aldara did.

Since: Sep 10

Overland Park, KS

#1275 Sep 21, 2010
no name wrote:
<quoted text>Aldara totally messed up my immune system, but thankfully I found a good doctor who is treating me and fully believes Aldara is the cause, and have also found another very promising form of treatment, and I have improved beyond measure, but this has cost me dearly both in time and money trying to undo what
Aldara did.
Please, if ANYONE is doing anything that is helping, I would really like more information. I am seeing my family doctor again tomorrow, armed with what info I have been able to piece together, and will be asking for his opinion of what I should do next. Do I see a Rheumatologist? Neurologist? I don't know what the next best step is. I would really like to know more about how others are treating this. Today I have really horrible chest pains, especially when I bend over to pick up my daughter. Every ache and pain scares me so much.
Mel
no name

United States

#1276 Sep 22, 2010
Mel_KC wrote:
<quoted text>
Please, if ANYONE is doing anything that is helping, I would really like more information. I am seeing my family doctor again tomorrow, armed with what info I have been able to piece together, and will be asking for his opinion of what I should do next. Do I see a Rheumatologist? Neurologist? I don't know what the next best step is. I would really like to know more about how others are treating this. Today I have really horrible chest pains, especially when I bend over to pick up my daughter. Every ache and pain scares me so much.
Mel
Mel

I am glad to share info with you on what I am doing for treatment.
email me at [email protected]
lisa

Dunkirk, NY

#1277 Sep 22, 2010
Becky, I'm pleased that the Aldara worked for you with no long lasting side effects. I too was healthy, 47, followed the instructions exactly, but ended with chronic pain and after 18months the cancer came back on my scalp, so I had to get the Mohs surgery anyways. Also, if you read the package and information you find on Aldara, it tells you it's not for the face or scalp when dealing with a BCC, but so much for that, because doctor's can prescribe it off-label use. At least you went into the treatment informed, unfortunately I did not do any research on the drug and only read the package and trusted my doctor, which you would think would be enough. Unfortunately FDA approval does not mean a drug is safe. Aldara may seem impressive and effective at first glance, but it's a very dangerous drug. All the best to everyone...I'm hoping for a remmission of all my symptoms...I don't hold out much hope for a doctor to help...most don't know what Aldara is and they can hardly believe a topical treatment would cause such damage. No Name, you said you thought the burning was a Mercury reaction, I have a mouth full of old amalgam fillings. I've thought about getting them removed, but I hate to go on a wild goose chase, spend more money, etc., only to find out it made no difference. Thanks
no name

United States

#1278 Sep 22, 2010
lisa wrote:
Becky, I'm pleased that the Aldara worked for you with no long lasting side effects. I too was healthy, 47, followed the instructions exactly, but ended with chronic pain and after 18months the cancer came back on my scalp, so I had to get the Mohs surgery anyways. Also, if you read the package and information you find on Aldara, it tells you it's not for the face or scalp when dealing with a BCC, but so much for that, because doctor's can prescribe it off-label use. At least you went into the treatment informed, unfortunately I did not do any research on the drug and only read the package and trusted my doctor, which you would think would be enough. Unfortunately FDA approval does not mean a drug is safe. Aldara may seem impressive and effective at first glance, but it's a very dangerous drug. All the best to everyone...I'm hoping for a remmission of all my symptoms...I don't hold out much hope for a doctor to help...most don't know what Aldara is and they can hardly believe a topical treatment would cause such damage. No Name, you said you thought the burning was a Mercury reaction, I have a mouth full of old amalgam fillings. I've thought about getting them removed, but I hate to go on a wild goose chase, spend more money, etc., only to find out it made no difference. Thanks
Lisa
I highly advice against removing amalgam fillings until after you are completely over all aldara symptoms, removing them will only subject you to increased levels in cirulation and cause things to get worse. If you want info on what I am doing that has really helped and more info on concerns about removing the fillings now you can email me at [email protected]
Becky

Ponte Vedra Beach, FL

#1279 Sep 23, 2010
no name wrote:
<quoted text>
Becky
Please just be aware that repeated use could be what turns a beneficial result into a full blown autoimmune reaction. I had no awareness of any negative side effects after my first time using it, it clear up fine the way you described. I continued to use it on and off over a 3 year period, and never connected the dots as to the various odd symptoms I was having, that seem totally unrelated, until thing got bad, and I got no answers from various doctors, and started doing my own research. Aldara totally messed up my immune system, but thankfully I found a good doctor who is treating me and fully believes Aldara is the cause, and have also found another very promising form of treatment, and I have improved beyond measure, but this has cost me dearly both in time and money trying to undo what
Aldara did.
Thanks for the caution. I believe anyone using this drug needs to understand it is very potent and like I said a topical chemotherapy. I would never use it for more than one BCC at a time or apply it over a large area. I definitely think treating only one area at a time and sparingly is wise and only those without health problems should use this drug. Hopefully, I will never have to deal with another BCC although I realize that once you have a BCC, the liklihood of having another is pretty high. I just had a full body screening for cancer and got an all clear. I hope things continue to get better for you and sorry you had to go through this. Thank again, I appreciated it.

Since: Sep 10

Overland Park, KS

#1280 Sep 23, 2010
Hi everyone,

I just wanted to let you know that I finally filled out the "Adverse Event Report" for Aldara on the FDA's website. I wanted to make sure I had all of my info together and that there was nothing new to report. I should have done it sooner, but honestly, I was so sick for about 8 weeks that this was really the first opportunity I had to finally get my head around it.

It's a very simple form. You need to be able to list your symptoms and then in a separate box, any test results and/or diagnosis or treatment.

If you have experienced side effects of Aldara and haven't filled out this form, you really should. It may be the most helpful thing you can do in keeping others from being injured by this powerful drug.

https://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/medwat...

Mel
Aldara1

Lindale, TX

#1281 Sep 23, 2010
If you all would like to see victims first hand explaining their health problems with Aldara then you need to consider getting the 92-minute DVD documnentary "One Answer to Cancer" just released on: http://www.doctorsaredangerous.com There is a short trailer of the DVD contents on this website's homepage.

Since: Sep 10

Overland Park, KS

#1282 Sep 25, 2010
This is positively nauseating:

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/2009...

Perrigo Announces FDA Approval For Imiquimod Cream Generic Equivalent To Aldara®
Article Date: 14 Sep 2010 - 2:00 PDT

Perrigo Company (Nasdaq: PRGO;TASE) announced it received FDA approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to manufacture and market Imiquimod Cream, 5%... The product is the generic equivalent of Graceway Pharmaceuticals Aldara® Cream, 5%.. Aldara ® had sales of approximately $382 million prior to generic market formation, as measured by Wolters Kluwer Health.
Aldara1

Lindale, TX

#1283 Sep 26, 2010
Mel_KC wrote:
This is positively nauseating:
http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/2009...
Perrigo Announces FDA Approval For Imiquimod Cream Generic Equivalent To Aldara®
Article Date: 14 Sep 2010 - 2:00 PDT
Perrigo Company (Nasdaq: PRGO;TASE) announced it received FDA approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to manufacture and market Imiquimod Cream, 5%... The product is the generic equivalent of Graceway Pharmaceuticals Aldara® Cream, 5%.. Aldara ® had sales of approximately $382 million prior to generic market formation, as measured by Wolters Kluwer Health.
That makes 4 generics on the market now and growing. Yet, the FDA has had, since 2009, Imiquimod/Aldara on its list of 19 most potentially hazardous prescription drugs on the U S market. Go figure that out.....
lisa

United States

#1284 Sep 27, 2010
Hi, Where do you find that list of 19 top dangerous drugs? Would like to show that to doctors an skeptics.
Aldara1

Lindale, TX

#1285 Sep 27, 2010
lisa wrote:
Hi, Where do you find that list of 19 top dangerous drugs? Would like to show that to doctors an skeptics.
I'll be happy to supply it. Stop by http://www.aldara1.com for more on the subject of aldara injury.

Posted On:
June 5, 2009
FDA Warns Consumers of Potentially Unsafe Drugs
Yesterday, the FDA listed nineteen types of drugs that it has flagged as potentially dangerous to consumers.

From October toDecember 2008, the FDA’s Adverse Event Reporting System (AERS) has catalogued potential problems with each of the drugs.Of course, the FDA’s investigation is not complete; however, the goal is to notify consumers so that they can discuss their medications with their physician.

Miller & Zois has discussed some of these products already—see Reglan (polyethylene glycol oral laxative), Chantix(Varenicline) and Testosterone Gel.

Other drugs on the list include:
Apomorphine (Apokyn) Choriogonadotropin alfa (Ovidrel) Clomiphene citrate (Clomid) Clozapine orally disintegrating tablet (FazaClo) Darifenacin (Enablex) and Solifenacin (Vesicare) Drospirenone/ethinyl estradiol (Yasmin) Efavirenz (Sustiva) Fibrin sealant, human (Evicel) Hydrochlorothiazide

Imiquimod cream (Aldara)

Modafinil (Provigil) and Armodafinil (Nuvigil) Orlistat (Xenical, Alli) Raltegravir (Isentress) Selegiline (Emsam) Sumatriptan/naproxen (Treximet) Tolterodine tartrate (Detrol
)
Of course, if you or a loved one take any of these medications, talk with your doctor to determine if the benefits outweigh the risks.
Posted by Miller & Zois | Permalink | Email This Post
Posted In: FDA/Voluntary Recalls

The entire article can be found at:

http://www.fda.gov/Drugs/GuidanceComplianceRe...
lisa

United States

#1286 Sep 27, 2010
Thanks,,,so they are only admitting to painful urination? Guess its a start...just isn't enough to put a warning label about this when the adverse effects are much more serious,,,I know what I reported to the fda in 2009 was much more serious...where are those reports? I get so mad reading about how sick many of us are now,,,,where's the justice?
Aldara1

Lindale, TX

#1287 Sep 28, 2010
lisa wrote:
Thanks,,,so they are only admitting to painful urination? Guess its a start...just isn't enough to put a warning label about this when the adverse effects are much more serious,,,I know what I reported to the fda in 2009 was much more serious...where are those reports? I get so mad reading about how sick many of us are now,,,,where's the justice?
Lisa, I feel your frustration, every day in fact but you have to take a step back and see what has been accomplished in our fight to get the FDA to even admit this much. They are stating that in 2008 they had a significant number of reports from we the users indicating there was something wrong out in the public with Aldara. It makes little difference what they attributed that to and incidently all of the reports cannot be due to urination pain. So, I view this as a major step forward for us in view of the fact that the FDA started off back in 1997 stating that Aldara was the "cat's meow", such a wonderful drug. I know when I had my conversations with the Director of the FDA on various occasions during the past 10 years I got them to change a number of the false statements on the Aldara insert sheet to better reflect the truth and accuracy on safety issues. They now have words like autoimmunity, mucous membrane tissue, near the eyes, nose and lips, and a number of additional statements utilizing more descriptive wording. We have a great deal to be thankful for but we have to now finish the last battle which is to supply the FDA with numbers. Numbers of injured victims so that they can use those numbers to further our cause of getting them to review this drug for safety issues. I am no fan of the FDA as I fully understand their micky mouse organization after dealing with them one on one but we are either going to play their game or we will never succeed in getting justice for what 3M, Graceway and Aldara as well as all the generics coming to market have done and continue to do to us all. I have on my website the FDA electronic form that all injured victims need to fill out and send in right from the webpage. It is the same e-form you will find on the FDA website. Take your pick but you need to fill it out and encourage everyone else to fill it out as well so we can generate an "excuse" for the FDA to look into the matter of Aldara safety issues. My website FDA report page is:

http://www.aldara1.com/reporting%20adverse%20...

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