GENERIC NAME: Imiquimod
BRAND NAME: Aldara, Zyclara
DRUG CLASS AND MECHANISM: Imiquimod is a topical medication that activates the immune system and is used for treating (not curing) genital warts. Although the exact mechanism of action imiquimod is not known, imiquimod is presumed to work by activating immune cells and chemicals that affect the immune the system. The FDA approved brand name imiquimod (Aldara) in February 1997.
SIDE EFFECTS: Side effects of imiquimod are:
- application site reactions,
- upper respiratory tract infections,
- sinus infection,
- flaking, and
GENERIC AVAILABLE: Yes
PREPARATIONS: Cream: 2.5%, 3.75%, and 5%
STORAGE: Store imiquimod cream between temperatures of 4 C to 25 C (39 F - 77 F).
DOSING: Adults and children of ages 12 and older:
Actinic keratosis: Apply Aldara to specific treatment area two times a week for 16 weeks.
Superficial basal cell carcinoma: Apply to specific treatment area five times a week for 6 weeks.
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