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Imiquimod

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Notes

    Related terms
    • U.S. Brand Names: Aldaraź;Zyclaraź
    • Canadian Brand Names: Aldaraź;VylomaT;Zyclaraź
    • Mexican Brand Names: Aldara
    • Pharmacologic Category: Skin and Mucous Membrane Agent;Topical Skin Product

    Uses
    • It is used to treat common warts.
    • It is used to treat genital warts.
    • It is used to treat skin harmed by the sun and some skin cancers.
    • Imiquimod helps fight viral infections.
    • It may affect the cancer cells or the body's response to the cancer.

    Dosing

    How to take

    • Do not take this drug by mouth. Use on your skin only. Keep out of your mouth, nose, and eyes (may burn).
    • Do not put in the vagina or anus.
    • Use at bedtime.
    • Wash your hands before and after use.
    • Clean affected part before use. Make sure to dry well.
    • Put a thin layer on the affected skin and rub in gently.
    • For skin harmed by the sun, do not cover more than a part the size of your forehead or cheek.
    • Avoid putting on healthy skin.
    • Do not cover with dressings.
    • Do not bathe, shower, or swim after putting on.
    • Leave on the skin for as long as the doctor told you to, then wash off.

    Missed Dose

    • Put on a missed dose as soon as you think about it.
    • If it is close to the time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your normal time.
    • Do not put on two doses or extra doses.

    Storage

    • Store at room temperature.

    Safety



    Avoid

    • If you have an allergy to imiquimod or any other part of this drug.
    • Tell your doctor if you are allergic to any drugs. Make sure to tell about the allergy and what signs you had. This includes telling about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.

    Precautions

    • Check all drugs you are taking with your doctor. This drug may not mix well with some other drugs.
    • You can get sunburned more easily. Avoid sun, sunlamps, and tanning beds. Use sunscreen and wear clothing and eyewear that protects you from the sun.
    • Do not have sex when this drug is on your genital or anal skin.
    • For genital warts only: Condoms or diaphragms may not work to stop pregnancy. Use some other kind of birth control while taking this drug.
    • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant.
    • Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding.

    Side Effects

    • Skin irritation.
    • Change in skin to hard and thick.
    • Change in color of skin. This may not go back to normal.
    • Swelling.

    Monitoring

    • Change in the health problem being treated. Is it better, worse, or about the same?
    • Follow up with the doctor.

    Contact a healthcare provider

    • If you think there was an overdose, call your local poison control center or ER right away.
    • Signs of a very bad reaction to the drug. These include wheezing; chest tightness; fever; itching; bad cough; blue skin color; seizures; or swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat.
    • Very bad skin irritation.
    • Any rash.
    • Health problem is not better or you are feeling worse.

    General Statements

    • If you have a very bad allergy, wear an allergy ID at all times.
    • Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else's drugs.
    • Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
    • Most drugs can be thrown away in household trash after mixing with coffee grounds or kitty litter and sealing in a plastic bag.
    • In Canada, take any unused drugs to the pharmacy. Also, visit http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/hl-vs/iyh-vsv/med/disposal-defaire-eng.php#th to learn about the right way to get rid of unused drugs.
    • Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
    • Call your doctor for help with any side effects. You may also call the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or Health Canada's Vigilance Program at 1-866-234-2345.
    • Talk with the doctor before starting any new drug, including OTC, natural products, or vitamins.

    Author information
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    The information in this monograph is intended for informational purposes only, and is meant to help users better understand health concerns. Information is based on review of scientific research data, historical practice patterns, and clinical experience. This information should not be interpreted as specific medical advice. Users should consult with a qualified healthcare provider for specific questions regarding therapies, diagnosis and/or health conditions, prior to making therapeutic decisions.

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