Prescription skin cancer cream Aldara...

Prescription skin cancer cream Aldara has horrific side effects, say users

There are 2141 comments on the NewsTarget.com story from Aug 8, 2006, titled Prescription skin cancer cream Aldara has horrific side effects, say users. 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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CaMommy4

Moreno Valley, CA

#1854 Sep 30, 2012

Hi...the only other thing you can do it stop the treatment. They should have given you another
CaMommy4

Moreno Valley, CA

#1855 Sep 30, 2012
Hi....
My lips were a mess and I wasn't even treating them.I couldn't even eat for 4 days they were so bad. swollen, bloody, sores all over them. What this medicine does is creats an immunce system response that triggers all the pre cancerous legions to come out of the area and surrounding area younare treating. They are not fever blisters, they are pre cancerous legions.are you aware this is a chemotherapy cream? That's why it creates the side effects that it does.
Mandi

Sydney, Australia

#1856 Sep 30, 2012
Roni wrote:
Thank you everyone for putting this all on-line. I have been searching for answers since last October (2011). My dermatologist gave me Aldara (2 lots of 3 weeks) between May and September 2011. He knew I had an auto-immune disease. Looking at the dates of the above posts (going back to 2008) I now realize that he must have known - yet I trusted him. I feel so upset. I've been in so much pain. It dramatically increased. Instead of taking 1 NSAID a week, I was on 2 a day and still in pain. My symptoms are headaches, blood noses, massive inflammation everywhere, tinitis, fatigue, muscle aches, photo-sensitivity and am often a bit fuzzy and light headed. Before I was very active - cycling, gym, mountain climbing, dancing and heaps of walking and gardening. I've had to stop nearly everything.
It's been 4 years since the last post above. Has anyone found a way to reverse these effects yet? Please let me know if you have.
And Sandi - no need to be defensive about this - what happens happens - arguing against it doesn't change the facts.
Roni, who is the dermatologist who prescribed Aldara cream for you? Nobody has found a definite answer as yet. You may need stronger pain relief.
I have been in bed for the last 15 months now, and live with Iv fluids, IV antibiotics, and Iv pain relief....everyday. It is now 11 years since I used Aldara cream and became disabled immediately.

from the age of 41, when I used this drug, my life which was one of an active vital person to one of a very sick 90 yr old.

Just don't use Aldara, unless you want to live the rest of your life in terrible pain, abused by hospital staff and judged by every ignorant person around you.
I used to have a huge number of friends. Most of them dumped me and my family when I became ill...after A few months at the start of this horrible battle.
The friends that I have around me now, are beautiful angels. I have been blessed to have these wonderful people in my life. The friends I used to have...many who I loved dearly......that have dumped me....it is very sad. Many don't even believe I am sick? They don't want to know that this could happen to them.
Roni, let me know if I can help you with any practical advise. I also live in Sydney on the north shore.

Just stay strong, and continue to get the truth out to the rest of your community. We need to get this crap thrown out, 3m need to pay for the damage they have caused...and know about all of the damage they have done. More importantly...live to tell the story. Don't give up...no matter how bad it gets. And unfortunately it does get very bad.
Lots of love and hugs, Mandi
tay vegas google me

Las Vegas, NV

#1857 Oct 1, 2012
tay vegas is my name on facebook. i have experienced aldara and now i feel like total crap. cognitive issues, lethargy, fatigue, constipation...it goes on. i have daily pictures of my aldara experience on facebook so if any of you are interested in sharing stories and seeing my pictures, please find me by searching for tay vegas on facebook.
I recently had Moh's (Sept 2012) and all margins are clear, although it looks like he cut an area off to the side of the area that has been scarred from aldara and the initial biopsy.

Since: Sep 12

Euless, TX

#1858 Oct 2, 2012
Tay Vegas....ill take ait look at your facebook. I'm on Aldara ....see post "Tammie" above my ARGirlTWS post. That is me also. Putting aldara on chest, back, right arm, left shoulder spot. Worse is my chest. Started it on two BCC spots...now spread to about 20+. Hurts burns and itches like crazy. I also feel like crap. In bed all weekend wth fever, chills, aching, stomach issues, headache, extreme fatigue. Better yesterday but had to use again last night so symptoms starting again. Use Monday, Wed and Friday nights. Laying here with ice pack on my chest. I also had 4spots frozen. Much easier!! Had biopsy on back and scheduled for Nov 8th to have Mohl surgery. Hoping this will all be over soon. Thanks Tammie/ARGirlTWS
Lisa

Dunkirk, NY

#1859 Oct 2, 2012
I still don't understand why people read these posts, warnings from those of us that have had a terrible expierience and yet people still debate whether to use or not. Wake up people. You don't get a bad reaction if you use this drug wrong...too much ...too little....what matters is you use it at all. It's very unpredictable. Why would anyone want to risk permanant damage, especially when what they prescribe it for isn't life threatening....I know scars are not fun, but believe me living with Aldara's aftermath is much worse. I only wish I would have found this site pre aldara 4 years ago. Like the post before me...really...your body is warning you and you continue? Why? If you think your doctor really understands this drug, you are wrong. I don't post or read this much anymore. I hope people will really look into other options. I have nothing to gain by writing this. I just hope someone reads this and takes it seriously and throws the poison in the garbage, better yet don't get the prescrption filled. Take care all of you who are hurting and suffering- stay strong and fight. I have some good stretches, but the symptoms always come back and slam me once again.
Mandi

Ingleburn, Australia

#1860 Oct 3, 2012
I am not getting good patches anymore. Just hurt, difficulty, and disability.
My body is not coping anymore. Just too much damage .
Hope everyone else is doing a little bit better than me.
Lots of love
Lisa

Dunkirk, NY

#1861 Oct 3, 2012
I'm sorry Mandi, wish things were better.
Angel

Jarrettsville, MD

#1862 Oct 3, 2012
Roni - Thank you for your post. I started this cream approx 10 days ago for Squamous Cell in situ and I have lupus (auto immune disorder)as well.
I have been so tired, so sore, bad headaches, brain fog, confused and forgetful.... I originally thought it was the Aldara but I think its my lupus trying to fight the medication. My doctors say oh it will go away.... my symptoms are really bad for a few days out of the week...some days not bad... Considering to try black salve...
Stay strong
Aldara1

Lindale, TX

#1863 Oct 3, 2012
Angel wrote:
Roni - Thank you for your post. I started this cream approx 10 days ago for Squamous Cell in situ and I have lupus (auto immune disorder)as well.
I have been so tired, so sore, bad headaches, brain fog, confused and forgetful.... I originally thought it was the Aldara but I think its my lupus trying to fight the medication. My doctors say oh it will go away.... my symptoms are really bad for a few days out of the week...some days not bad... Considering to try black salve...
Stay strong
Remarkable: Your doctor should have his license revoked. Aldara is NOT to be used on squamous cells as 3M found it to be useless in eradicating the SCC. Anyone with any type of autoimmune condition is NOT to use Aldara PERIOD. Aldara CAUSES lupus and there are many victims that will testify to such. If you already have lupus Aldara WILL make your condition much much worse. This is not my opinion or words but the words of the FDA and 3M and you have to know that if these two entities are warning against these types of things then the real seriousness of these warnings are much worse than what they are telling you. Oh, just for your knowledge, the FDA has now admitted that there have been 16 deaths directly attributed to the use of Aldara and that was the figure up to 2008. How many more of us have to die for this drug to be labeled unsafe or taken off the market? I wonder what the FDA's death figures will need to be before they begin to take action? It certainly is not 16 so what is it? Better yet, whose next, you?
Mandi

Sydney, Australia

#1864 Oct 11, 2012
The craziness of life after Aldara. Things r getting so tricky for me. How is everyone else going... Those that used Aldara a decade or so ago. I have so many new symptoms coming up so frequently. The pain just increases. Neurological complications r appearing. I am no longer confident to go out. As one of the community nurses said this week... "You life is a tragedy. I don't know how u manage to get through each day." I had no answer to this.
It is exhausting to even read the posts here with people questioning if they should use Aldara or not.....?Why would u even consider using it? Does anyone want to live the way we are all living? Iv fluids constant pain relief, fully isolated from the world... Constant pain... Who would consider Aldara is an option. Great if u want to murder someone legally... Works so well for this outcome.
If I could, I would travel to every corner of the world tell every person on this planet what we know is the truth of Aldara and 3m. But I can't even go to the little corner store down the road.
Tell me is this living? Is this existing? Or is this a conscious nightmare every day of my life.

Since: Sep 12

United States

#1866 Oct 12, 2012
My dr.took me off Aldara after 3 weeks of treatment which were terrible! We're letting my chest heal and it does look much better. Scabbing is clearing. Will have Mohs Surgery on my back tumors in Nov. 8th. Praying for good outcome.
Aldara1

United States

#1867 Oct 12, 2012
ARGirlTWS wrote:
My dr.took me off Aldara after 3 weeks of treatment which were terrible! We're letting my chest heal and it does look much better. Scabbing is clearing. Will have Mohs Surgery on my back tumors in Nov. 8th. Praying for good outcome.
You will not know how aldara has affected you for months. Check out aldara1.com for factual information.
Aldara survivor

Ottawa, Canada

#1868 Oct 12, 2012
Hi- I have photos of how aldara made my lips look. when you see the photos, you will be able to guess how it felt. I went through 3x4 weeks on plus 2 weeks off. That was in March. Now it's October and I need Mohs b/c the Aldara did nothing for me other than damage my lips, make me look like a monster, make me feel ill and cause serious depression. The plastic surgeon who prescribed it obviously didn't read the warning label that tells you not to put it on your lips. He also told me to keep using it even though my lips were disintegrating. Is anyone out there a Canadian malpractice lawyer?
In May I pointed out a nodule on my lip and said that that was the ultimate problem, and that the aldara wasn't doing anything, but he told me to keep using aldara. Now it's October and on Halloween I get my next biopsy results which will tell me I need mohs b/c, even though a year ago plastic surgeons thought they could excise the BCC quite easily, it's been maltreated with aldara.
If you are going to do Aldara, I can send you the photos of what happened to me. I don't think I can post pictures here. I will be forever scarred psychologically by aldara treatment plus, physically, I will look worse b/c I need more extensive surgery now than if I had refused the aldara in the first place. But how do you refuse when an expert, an experienced plastic surgeon is telling you that this is the treatment you need to do?
Mandi

Marrickville, Australia

#1869 Oct 12, 2012
You have to research everything yr self, before taking any medication. Unfortunately the Pharmaceutical companies greed ,is what keeps this disaster continuing. I feel so sad for you. I am sorry that you are enduring all of these things...unnecessarily. No one should be prescribed Aldara.
Lisa

Dunkirk, NY

#1870 Oct 13, 2012
I trusted doctors too. It's a horrible way to learn that before you take any medication you need to do research yourself. It's a big price to pay.
Aldara1

Lindale, TX

#1871 Oct 13, 2012
Aldara survivor wrote:
Hi- I have photos of how aldara made my lips look. when you see the photos, you will be able to guess how it felt. I went through 3x4 weeks on plus 2 weeks off. That was in March. Now it's October and I need Mohs b/c the Aldara did nothing for me other than damage my lips, make me look like a monster, make me feel ill and cause serious depression. The plastic surgeon who prescribed it obviously didn't read the warning label that tells you not to put it on your lips. He also told me to keep using it even though my lips were disintegrating. Is anyone out there a Canadian malpractice lawyer?
In May I pointed out a nodule on my lip and said that that was the ultimate problem, and that the aldara wasn't doing anything, but he told me to keep using aldara. Now it's October and on Halloween I get my next biopsy results which will tell me I need mohs b/c, even though a year ago plastic surgeons thought they could excise the BCC quite easily, it's been maltreated with aldara.
If you are going to do Aldara, I can send you the photos of what happened to me. I don't think I can post pictures here. I will be forever scarred psychologically by aldara treatment plus, physically, I will look worse b/c I need more extensive surgery now than if I had refused the aldara in the first place. But how do you refuse when an expert, an experienced plastic surgeon is telling you that this is the treatment you need to do?
Please send me any pictures you might have of your lips prior, during and after results. Thanks. send to aldara1@aldara1.com
Ruth

Irving, TX

#1872 Oct 13, 2012
I post here occassionally to tell about my use of Aldara - On a small peeling place on my bottom lip. Was told to use it till I couldn't stand it any more by one of the premier dermatologists in Dallas, Texas. That was about 3 weeks. When it healed, my lips were fine. However, within 6 months, my childhood eczema flaired after 4 decades but instead of being on my arms it was on the bottom of my feet - they hardened and cracked to the point I could barely walk. Another dermatologist treats me with CellCept - a transplant drug which I have taken for 2 years - it keeps my immune system down to the point the eczema is in remission. I could not live without it. She says it is a well know fact that Aldara will cause eczema and psoriasis to flair and that people with autoimmune issues should NEVER take it.
Anyone considering this drug should stop immediately and read all 1823 post here.
Stan Kossen

Ingenio, Spain

#1873 Oct 20, 2012
I'm an American living in Europe and was just prescribed Aldara for removing a cancerous spot on my right shin. My doctor warned me that the spot would look terrible during the treatment, somethng like raw hamburger.

Yuk!

I was not told about all the other side effects some people have expressed in the posts above.

I think we must be careful assuming that any headache, any dizziness, or any strange happening is directly attributable to Aldara. Perhaps Aldara is the culprit, perhaps it is not.

We sometimes have headaches or dizziness even when we take no medicine.

I start applying the medicine in two days, and will using it for a month. I hope that the power of suggestion doesn't get to me too much! Wish me luck.
DOMINIQUE

Healdsburg, CA

#1874 Oct 20, 2012
Well it looks like this website needs a more current post. It is October 2012.
I used Aldara back in May of 2011.
Since the last week of using this cream I have gotten several serious autoimmune diseases. First Lupus of the CNS. Then days later I ended up in the hospital with Transverse Myelitis from the Lupus. Went paralyzed from the waist down. Tremors and paralysis. Then APS, RA AND NOW POSSIBLY M.S. AS WELL. Lupus of the CNS. which is the most dangerous kind of LUPUS. I will now have to be on lethal medication, IMMUNE SUPPRESSANT DRUGS (which will probably give me cancer soon) and under doctors supervision for the rest of my very short life. I was a top producing agent in sales and now I cannot even walk let alone work. I went from making 300K every year to now nothing.I WAS FORCED TO SELL OUR HOME. I also got another autoimmune disorder called APS which is very serious.. Its connected to the Lupus and now the doctors think since I am going paralyzed in both legs with drop feet that its either due to my blood disorder or now maybe MS.
BEFORE TAKING THIS DRUG I WAS IN ABSOLUTELY PERFECT OF HEALTH AND NOW I AM DYING. I HAVE SPENT OVER 300K ON MEDICAL BILLS SINCE TAKING THIS DRUG. I HAD TO SELL MY HOME TO SURVIVE. SHAME ON YOU 3M FOR CONTINUING TO SELL THIS DANGEROUS DRUG. MY LIFE IS OVER!

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