Imiquimod Cream contains active ingredient imiquimod and is used to treat precancerous skin lesions, known as actinic keratosis and genital warts, known as Human Papilloma Virus (HPV). It stimulates the human immune system to fight with the virus.
Dosage and direction
Wash your hands thoroughly before use. Apply a thin layer of the cream to the affected area three times weekly. Rub the cream gently into your skin. Do not use tight bandages which would limit access of air to your skin. Wash off the cream 6-10 hours after application. Avoid getting of the cream to your eyes. Treatment usually continues until the warts are completely gone, or up to 16 weeks. To treat actinic keratosis the drug is usually used once a daily for 2 days a week. Leave the cream to act for 8 hours and wash it off. Treatment continues for 16 weeks.
While you are on Imiquad Cream avoid sexual contacts. The medication is known to weaken latex rubber condoms, diaphragms and cervical caps. Do not use other skin products. If you have flu-like symptoms or skin irritation inform your doctor. You may need your dosage to be reduced.
Do not use Imiquad Cream if you are pregnant or allergic to its components.
Possible side effect
The most common adverse reactions are redness of the skin, swelling, itching, burning, sores, blistering, ulcerations, skin peeling, scabbing or crusting, changes in skin colour.
Since the drug is used topically and not routinely systemically absorbed, it is not likely to interact with other drugs.
If you missed a dose take it as soon as you remember, but not if it is almost time of the next intake by your schedule. Skip the missed dose if it is almost time of your next dose. Do not try to compensate for a missed dose by taking an extra one.
Signs of overdose include an increased risk of severe local skin reactions and may increase the possibility of systemic reactions.
Save Imiquad Cream in a dry place away from sunlight at room temperature between 15-30 C (59-86 F).