What is Imiquad (Imiquimod) used for?
Imiquad Cream (Imiquimod) is a topical immune response modifier prescribed to treat patients with external genital warts, external anal warts, or basal cell carcinomas. The medication operates by boosting the immune system at the site of application to eliminate the abnormal skin growth caused by these conditions. Your physician may also prescribe it to treat other unlisted conditions.
How should I use Imiquad (Imiquimod)?
Imiquad Cream (Imiquimod) should be used according to the directions of your physician to get the most effective results from treatment. A small amount of the cream should be applied directly to the affected area once daily. Your particular instructions may differ based on your current health and the condition being treated. Thoroughly wash your hands with soap and water before each application to remove any dirt or contaminants. Put a small drop of medication onto the finger and gently massage it onto the affected site. Thoroughly wash your hands after each use to prevent the medication from contacting areas not being treated or the mucous membranes. Always ask your physician any questions you have about the medication to ensure the correct usage.
What are the side effects of Imiquad (Imiquimod)?
Side effects that may occur while using Imiquad Cream (Imiquimod) include:
Immediately inform your physician and stop using the medication if you experience a severe skin reaction, vaginal swelling, difficulty urinating, or signs of an allergic reaction such as severe swelling, hives, or trouble breathing. These conditions may require reduced frequency of administration or emergency medical attention in more serious cases.
Never apply Imiquad Cream (Imiquimod) to skin that is broken or severely damage. Do not begin using the medication to treat warts inside the genitals or if the patient being treated is under the age of eighteen. It is also important to inform your physician if you have an inflammatory skin condition, recent organ transplant, a weakened immune system, if you are taking immunosuppressant medications, low levels of blood cells in the blood, or warts on or under the foreskin. These conditions may cause unexpected complications during treatment requiring changes to your regimen.
Strictly follow all instructions provided to you by your physician or pharmacist while using Imiquad Cream (Imiquimod). Optimum and safe dosage can differ based on the patient and the condition being treated.
As this medication may be unsafe for certain patients, it is essential you always inform your physician if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, as well as if you have any allergies, other illnesses, or ongoing health conditions, and if you are taking any other form of medication, supplements, or herbal products.
Immediately seek emergency medical care if you have an allergic or hypersensitive reaction. Common signs of a reaction include hives, swelling, skin rashes, chest pains, as well as trouble breathing or swallowing.