Imiquimod - Indications, Dosage, Side Effects and Precautions


Information about Imiquimod

Generic Name : Imiquimod
Up-to-date prescription details regarding Imiquimod are provided here.

Pronunciation : im-I-kwi-mod

Learn the correct pronunciation of the Imiquimod, understand it's uses, recommended dosages, its indications, how to take, when to take, when not to take, side effects, special precautions, warnings and its and its storage instructions.
You will also find a list of the medication's International and Indian brand or trade names, as well as its pricing information. For verification of the information presented on this page or for additional clarifications, it's advisable to consult your doctor.

ICD Code : Y56.9 Therapeutic Classification : Miscellaneous Dermatologicals

Trade Names/Brand Names of Imiquimod

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Why is Imiquimod Prescribed? (Indications)

This medication is an immune response modifier, prescribed for certain types of skin growths (actinic keratoses) or skin cancer (superficial basal cell carcinoma).

When should Imiquimod not be taken? (Contraindications)


What is the dosage of Imiquimod?

Topical: Apply a thin layer of this cream 2 times per week for 16 weeks.

How should Imiquimod be taken?

It comes as a cream to apply topically over the affected area as directed by your physician.

What are the warnings and precautions for Imiquimod?

• Caution should be exercised in patients with history of poor immune system, autoimmune disorder, human papilloma virus (HPV) infection, other types of skin cancer, broken, damaged or inflamed skin, any allergy, who are taking other medications, children, during pregnancy and breastfeeding.

• It may cause dizziness, do not drive a car or operate machinery while taking this medication.

• For external use only; avoid contact with vagina, eyes, nose, mouth, lips.

• Avoid exposure to sunlight.

What are the side effects of Imiquimod?

Application site reaction, upper respiratory tract infection, headache, skin cancer, diarrhea, eczema, back pain, fatigue, abnormal heart rhythm, viral infection, dizziness, vomiting, urinary tract infection, fever, rigors and hair loss.

What are the other precautions for Imiquimod?

Avoid excess dosage.

What are the storage conditions for Imiquimod?

Store it at 4 - 25°C.