Imiquimod

Imiquimod is a topical treatment (cream) used to treat superficial basal cell carcinoma or solar keratoses.

Also known as

Aldara

Usual dosage

Route of administration:

topical

Dosage:

Apply
N/A
cream
once daily

How to take

Wash the treatment area with mild soap and water and allow the area to dry thoroughly. Apply the cream to the affected area before going to bed and leave it on the skin for approximately 8 hours.  The cream should be rubbed in until it is no longer visible. Following this period, the cream should be removed by washing the treated area with mild soap and water. During the 8 hours treatment period showering or bathing should be avoided. Hand washing before and after cream application is recommended. When treating superficial basal cell carcinoma, apply imiquimod once daily, five days per week (e.g. Monday to Friday), for a total of 6 weeks. When treating solar keratoses, apply imiquimod three times per week (e.g. Monday, Wednesday, Friday) for a total of 4 weeks.

Warnings

Pregnancy

This drug has been taken by only a limited number of pregnant women and women of childbearing age, without an increase in the frequency of malformation or other direct or indirect harmful effects on the human foetus having been observed.

Breastfeeding

You should not apply this cream/ointment while breastfeeding

Food

Alcohol

Drug interactions

Due to its ability to stimulate the immune system, imiquimod should be used with caution in people taking immunosupressant medication.

Foods containing vitamin B3

References

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