IMIQUIMOD

Imiquimod is a drug belonging to a class of medicines known as immune response modifiers. It can induce the production of cytokines. It is available as a cream.

Imiquimod is used in the following medical conditions:

  • Perianal warts
  • Actinic keratoses
  • Basal cell carcinoma
  • Superficial basal cell carcinoma

This medicine should not be given if you have allergy to Imiquimod.

Imiquimod may have some side effects such as:

  • Erythema
  • Skin erosion
  • Excoriation
  • Flaking
  • Edema
  • Pain
  • Itching
  • Rarely local ulceration and scabbing
  • Permanent hypo- or hyperpigmentation
  • Headache
  • Influenza-like symptoms
  • Myalgia

Precautions

Avoid using it in normal skin, open wounds or irritated skin. Do not use in internal genital warts. There is a risk ofphimosis or stricture of foreskin in uncircumcised males.

Protect yourself from sun and UV light exposure.

Take caution when using during pregnancy or lactation.

 

Interactions

Imiquimod may interact with the following medicines:

  • Amiodarone
  • Azithromycin
  • BCG vaccine
  • Caffeine
  • Carbamazepine
  • Clarithromycin
  • Clotrimazole
  • Cyclophosphamide
  • Digoxin
  • Diltiazem
  • Docetaxel
  • Doxycycline
  • Erythromycin
  • Fluconazole
  • Hepatitis A Vaccine
  • Hepatitis B Vaccine (Recombinant)
  • Human rabies virus immune globulin
  • Itraconazole
  • Ketoconazole
  • Phenobarbital
  • Phenytoin
  • Ranolazine
  • Sildenafil
  • Tacrolimus
  • Theophylline
  • Verapamil

Symptoms of overdose include the following:

  • Flu-like symptoms
  • Fever
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Diarrhoea
  • Muscle pain

Seek medical help immediately.

 

Available Brands:

  • Aldara
  • Vyloma
  • Zyclara

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