Where is Imiquimod used?
Imiquimod comes as a cream medication used for the treatment of certain types of developments on the skin such as:
- Actinic keratoses (precancerous growths)
- Superficial basal cell carcinoma (a type of skin cancer)
- Warts on the outside of genitals or anus
Treating these disorders can lessen the problems from them. This medicine is not recommended for use in children under 12 years of age. This can only be used unless it is directed by your doctor.
Imiquimod belongs to the class of medications called immune response modifiers. It is a type of medicine that is called an immunomodulator that helps activate your immune system to fight these unusual skin developments. This is an FDA-approved this medication.
How does Imiquimod work?
Imiquimod works by stimulating the body’s protection device. This works by binding to immune cells in the skin. It causes them to release a natural protection chemical which is cytokines. By avoiding viruses from developing in cells, it helps fight viral infections. They also inhibit malignant or abnormal cells from increasing in numbers. This medicine shrinks the cancerous growth by stimulating the immune cells in the skin to attack the abnormal cells.
How to use Imiquimod?
Apply sufficient cream to cover the treatment area. Rub it in until it vanishes. Apply this 3 times a week before going to bed. Leave the cream on for 8 hours then wash it off with mild soap and clean water. This treatment should be continued for 4 weeks. The period of treatment should not last for longer than 4 weeks even if you have missed doses. Follow your doctor’s instructions promptly.
Do not put the medication in the nose, eyes, or mouth. If you get this medication in those areas, wash it right away with plenty of water. If irritation happens, call your doctor right away. Use this cream regularly for the best benefit. Do not suddenly stop unless it is recommended by your doctor or healthcare provider.
What are the possible side effects of Imiquimod?
- Sore throat
- Stuffy nose
- Fever blisters
- Cold sores
- Chest pain
- Back pain
- Changes in the color of treated skin
- Itching, dryness, redness, or hardening of the skin where the cream was applied
What are the precautions in using Imiquimod Cream?
- Do not use this past the expiration date.
- Consult your doctor first if you have any allergies or medical history before using this cream.
- If you are taking any medications, it is important to tell your doctor.
- Do not share this with others who have the same symptoms as yours.
- Stop using this cream if there are any signs of an allergic reaction. Let your doctor know if you have any allergies.
- Do not wet or bathe the treated area before the prescribed application time has passed. Also, do not cover the treated area with bandages or other waterproof coverings.
- Keep this away from the direct sunlight/heat.
- Keep this away from the reach of children or your pets.