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Imiquimod (i mi KWI mod)

Adult Medication

Brand Names: U.S.

Aldara; Zyclara; Zyclara Pump

Brand Names: Canada

Aldara P; Apo-Imiquimod; Vyloma; Zyclara

What is this drug used for?

  • It is used to treat genital warts.
  • It is used to treat perianal warts.
  • It is used to treat skin harmed by the sun and some skin cancers.

What do I need to tell my doctor BEFORE I take this drug?

  • If you have an allergy to imiquimod or any other part of this drug.
  • If you are allergic to any drugs like this one, any other drugs, foods, or other substances. Tell your doctor about the allergy and what signs you had, like rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.
  • If your skin has not healed from other care or surgery.
  • If you are using another drug that has the same drug in it.
This is not a list of all drugs or health problems that interact with this drug.
Tell your doctor and pharmacist about all of your drugs (prescription or OTC, natural products, vitamins) and health problems. You must check to make sure that it is safe for you to take this drug with all of your drugs and health problems. Do not start, stop, or change the dose of any drug without checking with your doctor.

What are some things I need to know or do while I take this drug?

  • Tell dentists, surgeons, and other doctors that you use this drug.
  • Have your skin checked often. Talk with your doctor.
  • This drug will not cure your genital or perianal warts. You may get new warts while using this drug. Tell your doctor if you see any new warts.
  • You may get sunburned more easily. Avoid sun, sunlamps, and tanning beds. Use sunscreen and wear clothing and eyewear that protects you from the sun.
  • Do not have any kind of sex when this drug is on your genital or anal skin.
  • For genital or perianal warts only: Condoms or diaphragms may not work to prevent pregnancy. Use some other kind of birth control while taking this drug.
  • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant. You will need to talk about the benefits and risks of using this drug while you are pregnant.
  • Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding. You will need to talk about any risks to your baby.

What are some side effects that I need to call my doctor about right away?

WARNING/CAUTION: Even though it may be rare, some people may have very bad and sometimes deadly side effects when taking a drug. Tell your doctor or get medical help right away if you have any of the following signs or symptoms that may be related to a very bad side effect:
  • Signs of an allergic reaction, like rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.
  • Flu-like signs. These include headache, weakness, fever, shakes, aches, pains, and sweating.
  • Very bad skin irritation.
  • Skin ulcers.
  • Oozing or bleeding.
  • Swollen gland.
  • Vaginal pain or swelling.

What are some other side effects of this drug?

All drugs may cause side effects. However, many people have no side effects or only have minor side effects. Call your doctor or get medical help if any of these side effects or any other side effects bother you or do not go away:
  • Skin irritation.
  • Scabbing and crusting.
  • Blisters or sores.
  • Change in skin to hard and thick.
  • Change in color of skin. This may not go back to normal.
  • Swelling.
  • Headache.
  • Upset stomach.
These are not all of the side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, call your doctor. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.
You may report side effects to your national health agency.

How is this drug best taken?

Use this drug as ordered by your doctor. Read and follow the dosing on the label closely.

All products:

  • Follow how to use as you have been told by your doctor or read the package insert.
  • Do not use more or for longer than you have been told. This may raise the chance of a very bad skin reaction or other side effect.
  • Do not take this drug by mouth. Use on your skin only. Keep out of your mouth, nose, and eyes (may burn).
  • Do not put in the vagina or anus.
  • Use at bedtime.
  • Wash your hands before and after use.
  • Clean affected part before use. Make sure to dry well.
  • Put a thin layer on the affected skin and rub in gently.
  • Do not put on sunburned skin.
  • Avoid putting on healthy skin.
  • Do not use coverings (bandages, dressings) unless told to do so by your doctor.
  • Throw away any part of the packet not used after use.
  • Do not bathe, shower, or swim after putting on.
  • Leave on the skin for as long as the doctor told you to, then wash off.
Pump:
  • Prime pump before first use.

What do I do if I miss a dose?

  • Skip the missed dose and go back to your normal time.
  • Do not put on 2 doses or extra doses.

How do I store and/or throw out this drug?

All products:

  • Store at room temperature. Do not freeze.
  • Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
  • Check with your pharmacist about how to throw out unused drugs.
Pump:
  • Store upright with the cap on.

General drug facts

  • If your symptoms or health problems do not get better or if they become worse, call your doctor.
  • Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else’s drugs.
  • Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
  • Talk with the doctor before starting any new drug, including prescription or OTC, natural products, or vitamins.
  • Some drugs may have another patient information leaflet. If you have any questions about this drug, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.

Consumer Information Use and Disclaimer

This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take this medicine or any other medicine. Only the healthcare provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for a specific patient. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about this medicine. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to this medicine. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from the healthcare provider. You must talk with the healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using this medicine.

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