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Condition: Superficial Basal Cell Carcinoma of the Skin
12/14/2014 1:43:51 PM

Reviewer: poyo, 55-64 Male on Treatment for less than 1 month (Patient)

Effectiveness

Current Rating: 4

Ease of Use

Current Rating: 1

Satisfaction

Current Rating: 1

Comment:
BCC on my chest large enough that if surgically removed would have required general anethesia. So they talked me into using this stuff. Have had flu like symptoms from the beginning, feel like crap. Also have developed prostate pain and frequent urination, plus ED. I'm at week 4 and the Dr. suggested backing off to MWF at week 3. Would like to finish the last 2 weeks but these side effects are ... Show Full Comment

Condition: Superficial Basal Cell Carcinoma of the Skin
7/26/2014 12:59:25 PM

Reviewer: 55-64 Female on Treatment for 1 to 6 months (Patient)

Effectiveness

Current Rating: 3

Ease of Use

Current Rating: 1

Satisfaction

Current Rating: 1

Comment:
I have been applying Aldara for 8 weeks now/ a 16 week regiment. My BCC is approx 3 inches round on my upper arm. Medication burns, itches but does appear to be doing what it is supposed to do. However side effects horrible. First 4 weeks severe body pain followed by severe shortness of breath now for over a month, ended up in emerg. I can't take the side effects and am going to doc this ... Show Full Comment

Condition: Superficial Basal Cell Carcinoma of the Skin
6/23/2014 11:23:32 PM

Reviewer: Ginny, 45-54 Female on Treatment for 1 to 6 months (Patient)

Effectiveness

Current Rating: 2

Ease of Use

Current Rating: 3

Satisfaction

Current Rating: 1

Comment:
I used Aldara for 4 weeks, the first 3 weeks five days on, two days off, the fourth week one day on one day off (per instructions from my dermo.)as the inflammation and itching and blistering and pain were awful and I felt like I had flu the whole time. The dermo. said that because I had such bad inflammation, the treatment might have worked even tho' I stopped 2 weeks early. I still have a ... Show Full Comment

Condition: Superficial Basal Cell Carcinoma of the Skin
1/25/2014 7:28:02 PM

Reviewer: Julie, 45-54 Female on Treatment for less than 1 month (Patient)

Effectiveness

Current Rating: 3

Ease of Use

Current Rating: 5

Satisfaction

Current Rating: 1

Comment:
I can't really rate the effectiveness correctly yet as I have only been applying the cream for 5 nights -- but so far this has been far more difficult than I had ever imagined. I expected the raw face, but starting at day 3 I felt as tho every last part of my body had been put thru the ringer and every ounce of energy sucked out of me .. on top of that, on day 4 I developed cold sores and fat ... Show Full Comment

Condition: Superficial Basal Cell Carcinoma of the Skin
9/23/2013 7:35:21 AM

Reviewer: Sidette, 55-64 Female on Treatment for less than 1 month (Patient)

Effectiveness

Current Rating: 4

Ease of Use

Current Rating: 4

Satisfaction

Current Rating: 5

Comment:
The site of the bcc (shoulderh turns into a crusty sore, but I had no side effects..maybe a headache for a day or so..but could have been coincidence. Other then that..I'm in week 3...all good sofar

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