This medicine contains the active ingredient imiquimod which acts as an immune response modifier that reduces damage on the skin. Imiquimod is prescribed for the treatment of Anogenital warts (lumps caused by sexually transmitted virus), Actinic keratoses (growths caused by overexposure to sun) and Basal cell carcinoma (skin cancer).
Is Imiquimod suitable for me?
Imiquimod is not suitable for everyone. Do not use it
- If you are allergic to imiquimod, or other ingredients of this medicine
In particular, you must tell the doctor if you:
- are pregnant or breastfeeding
- have immune system problems
- have already used this medicine
Imiquimod interacts with other medicines. It is most important that you tell the doctor all the medications and herbal supplements that you are currently taking.
See the package leaflet for a complete list of possible contraindications and warnings.
How should I take Imiquimod?
This medicine is available in form of a cream.
You should take imiquimod exactly as instructed by your doctor or pharmacist. The dose will be prescribed according to your condition and needs.
- For the treatment of genital warts, you should use the cream three times per week, before going to bed.
- For the treatment of basal cell carcinoma, you should use the cream once a day, before going to bed, for five consecutive days each week for 6 weeks.
- For the treatment of actinic keratosis, you should use the cream three times per week, before going to bed.
Do not use more of it, do not use it more often, or do not use it for a longer time than your doctor instructed. Do not take two doses together if you miss a dose.
Read the information leaflet provided with your medication for additional information. Talk to your doctor if you have any additional questions.
What are Imiquimod side effects?
Like all medicines imiquimod can cause side effects, including:
- skin redness,
- scabbing, skin scaling,
- skin dryness, skin swelling,
- skin ulcer,
- reduced skin pigmentation at the application site
- skin inflammation, itching, pain, burning, irritation, and rash
- swollen glands
- loss of appetite
- nausea, diarrhea, vomiting
- flu-like symptoms, fever, pain
- muscle and joint pain
- chest pain
- viral infection (herpes simplex)
- increase in blood glucose
Consult a doctor if the side effects are severe. See the package leaflet for a complete list of side effects.