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Aldara vs Efudex, a side effect and effectiveness comparison for a female patient aged 44

This is personalized comparison of Aldara vs Efudex for a female aged 44. The study is created by eHealthMe based on reports from FDA and social media.

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On Jan, 31, 2014: 1,055 people are studied in Aldara vs Efudex

Information of patient in study:

GenderAgeReason for the drug
Female39Basal Cell Carcinoma

Drugs to compare:

DrugIngredientsCompany
Aldara imiquimodnot specified
Efudex fluorouracilnot specified

eHealthMe real world results:

For females aged 39 (±5):

Most common side effects:

(click on each outcome to view in-depth analysis, incl. how people recovered)
AldaraEfudex
Pruritus (severe itching of the skin)Pyrexia (fever)
Rash Erythematous (redness of the skin)Nausea (feeling of having an urge to vomit)
Paraesthesia Nec (sensation of tingling, tickling, prickling, pricking, or burning of a person's skin with no apparent long-term physical effect)Neutropenia (an abnormally low number of neutrophils)
Oedema Nos (fluid collection in tissue)Dehydration (dryness resulting from the removal of water)
Pain NosVomiting
Skin Ulcer NosDiarrhoea
Influenza Like IllnessFebrile Neutropenia (fever with reduced white blood cells)
Genital Pruritus NosVomiting Nos
Dermatitis Bullous (inflammation of the skin characterized by the presence of bullae which are filled with fluid)Dyspnoea (difficult or laboured respiration)
Application Site Erythema (redness of the skin at application site)Abdominal Pain

Most common side effects experienced by people in long term use:

(click on each outcome to view in-depth analysis, incl. how people recovered)
AldaraEfudex
Intra-uterine Death
Pregnancy
Suppressed Lactation
Drug Exposure During Pregnancy
Drug Exposure Before Pregnancy
Septic Shock (shock due to blood infection)
Acute Myeloid Leukaemia (acute cancer in which the bone marrow makes abnormal myeloblasts)
Abortion Induced (medically referred abortion)
Acute Myeloid Leukaemia Nos (acute cancer in which the bone marrow makes abnormal myeloblasts)

For people in general (regardless of gender or age):

Most common side effects:

(click on each outcome to view in-depth analysis, incl. how people recovered)
AldaraEfudex
Pruritus (severe itching of the skin)Pyrexia (fever)
Rash Erythematous (redness of the skin)Nausea (feeling of having an urge to vomit)
Paraesthesia Nec (sensation of tingling, tickling, prickling, pricking, or burning of a person's skin with no apparent long-term physical effect)Neutropenia (an abnormally low number of neutrophils)
Oedema Nos (fluid collection in tissue)Dehydration (dryness resulting from the removal of water)
Pain NosVomiting
Skin Ulcer NosDiarrhoea
Influenza Like IllnessFebrile Neutropenia (fever with reduced white blood cells)
Genital Pruritus NosVomiting Nos
Dermatitis Bullous (inflammation of the skin characterized by the presence of bullae which are filled with fluid)Dyspnoea (difficult or laboured respiration)
Application Site Erythema (redness of the skin at application site)Diarrhoea Nos

Most common side effects experienced by people in long term use:

(click on each outcome to view in-depth analysis, incl. how people recovered)
AldaraEfudex
Intra-uterine Death
Pregnancy
Suppressed Lactation
Drug Exposure During Pregnancy
Drug Exposure Before Pregnancy
Septic Shock (shock due to blood infection)
Acute Myeloid Leukaemia (acute cancer in which the bone marrow makes abnormal myeloblasts)
Abortion Induced (medically referred abortion)
Acute Myeloid Leukaemia Nos (acute cancer in which the bone marrow makes abnormal myeloblasts)

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Related topic: Aldara, Basal Cell Carcinoma, Efudex

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On eHealthMe, Aldara (imiquimod) is often used to treat genital warts. Efudex (fluorouracil) is often used to treat actinic keratosis. Find out below the conditions the drugs are used for, how effective they are, and any alternative drugs that you can use to treat those same conditions.

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