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Imiquad Cream (Imiquimod 5% Cream) – Product Information
Imiquad Cream (Imiquimod 5% Cream) is used for the treatment of actinic keratoses (a type of skin growth), superficial basal cell carcinoma or skin cancer. Imiquad Cream (Imiquimod) Cream, 5%, is supplied in single-use packets. Each packet contains 250 mg of the cream which is equivalent to 12.5 mg of imiquimod.
Name of Drug
Each 0.25 g single sachet contains Imiquimod 12.5 mg
Manufacturer of Imiquad Cream (Imiquimod 5% Cream)
Gracewell / Glenmark
Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient
The active pharmaceutical ingredient present in Imiquad Cream is imiquimod
What is Imiquimod 5% Cream (Imiquad) Used for?
Imiquad cream contains Imiquimod, which is an immune response modifier. Imiquimod 5% Cream is used to treat nonhyperkeratotic, nonhypertrophic actinic keratosis (a condition caused by too much sun exposure) on the face and scalp.
Imiquimod 5% Cream is also used to treat a minor form of skin cancer called superficial basal cell carcinoma, when surgery would not be a medically appropriate treatment.
Imiquad Cream 5% also treats genital warts that appear on the outside of the body, but this medicine is not a cure for genital warts.
Imiquad may also be used for treating perianal warts/condyloma acuminata or other purposes not listed in this medication guide.
Imiquad Cream – Dosage
Use Imiquimod 5% Cream exactly as it was prescribed for you. Do not use the medication in larger amounts, or use it for longer than recommended by your doctor.
For a typical treatment Imiquad Cream should be applied 2 times per week for a full 16 weeks to a defined treatment area. The treatment area is defined as one contiguous area of approximately 25 cm2 (e.g., 5 cm x 5 cm) on the face (e.g. forehead or one cheek) or on the scalp. Examples of 2 times per week application schedules are Monday and Thursday, or Tuesday and Friday. Imiquimod 5% Cream should be applied to the entire treatment area and rubbed in until the cream is no longer visible. No more than one packet of Imiquad Cream should be applied to the contiguous treatment area at each application.
Your dosage may be different. Please consult your doctor. Follow the instructions on your prescription label. Using too much of this medicine, or using it for too long can increase your risk of severe skin reactions.
Before applying Imiquad :
- wash your hands and wash the skin area to be treated.
- Allow the skin to dry for at least 10 minutes before applying the medicine.
- Always wash your hands after applying the medicine also.
- Do not use Imiquad on areas of broken, wounded, or burned skin. Wait until these conditions have healed before using Imiquad .
Imiquad is normally used 2 times per week for up to 16 weeks. How you use this medication will depend on the condition you are treating. Actinic keratosis:
Use Imiquad 5% Cream 2 times per week (such as Monday and Thursday, or Tuesday and Friday). Apply the cream from one Imiquad packet to the treatment area, and rub in the cream until it disappears. A single treatment area should be no larger than a 2-inch square. Use the medicine before going to bed and leave it on for 8 hours. In the morning, wash off the medicine with water and a mild soap. Superficial basal cell carcinoma:
Use Imiquad 5 times per week (such as Monday through Friday). Apply the cream from one Imiquad packet to the treatment area and the border of skin around it, and rub in the cream until it disappears. Use the medicine before going to bed and leave it on for 8 hours. In the morning, wash off the medicine with water and a mild soap. Genital warts:
Use Imiquad 3 times per week (such as Monday, Wednesday, and Friday). Apply the cream from one Imiquad packet to the treatment area, and rub in the cream until it disappears. Do not cover the treated skin areas with any type of plastic bandaging, and avoid nylon underwear. You may wear cotton gauze or underwear over the treated area. Use the medicine before going to bed and leave it on for 6 to 10 hours. Then wash off the medicine with water and a mild soap.
When treating genital warts under the foreskin of an uncircumcised penis, pull back the foreskin and wash it with mild soap and water before applying Imiquad . Clean this area daily during treatment. When treating genital warts around the vagina, avoid getting the cream on the more sensitive inner layers of vaginal tissue. This could result in vaginal swelling or irritation and painful urination.
Imiquad is not a cure for genital warts and it may not keep you from spreading this condition to others through vaginal, anal, or oral sex. You may develop new lesions during treatment with Imiquad . For best results, keep using the medicine for the entire length of time prescribed by your doctor. All conditions:
To be sure Imiquimod 5% Cream is helping your condition, your skin may need to be checked on a regular basis. This is especially important if you have a more severe skin reaction to the medication. Do not miss any scheduled visits to your doctor. Call your doctor if your skin condition does not improve or if it gets worse during treatment.
Do not use Imiquad to treat any skin condition that has not been checked by a doctor. Do not share this medication with anyone else, even if they have the same symptoms you have.
Each packet of Imiquad Cream is for a single application only. Throw away the packet after one use, even if there is medicine left in it. If you treat more than one skin area at a time, ask your doctor how many packets to use.
Drug Class and Mechanism
Imiquad Cream essentially plays the role of an immune response modifier. By stimulating the immune response of the skin, Imiquad aids in reducing the formation of actinic keratosis and prevents the formation of new AKs.
Skip the missed dose and wait until the next time you are getting ready for bed to use the medicine. Do not use extra medicine to make up the missed dose.
Storage Information for Imiquad Cream
Store Imiquad Cream at room temperature; away from moisture and heat. Keep each packet unopened until you are ready to use it.
Warnings and Precautions to be taken when Using Imiquad Cream (Imiquimod 5% Cream)
Imiquad Cream should not be used by patients who are allergic to Imiquimod or any inactive ingredients contained in Imiquad cream.
- What should I avoid while using Imiquad Cream (Imiquimod 5% Cream)?
Avoid getting this medication in your eyes, mouth, and nose, or on your lips. Do not place the cream in your rectum, vagina, or uretha. If it does get into any of these areas, wash with water.
Do not use Imiquad on sunburned, windburned, dry, chapped, irritated, or broken skin. Avoid exposure to sunlight or artificial UV rays (sunlamps or tanning beds). Imiquimod 5% Cream can make your skin more sensitive to sunlight and sunburn may result. Use a sunscreen (minimum SPF 15) and wear protective clothing if you must be out in the sun.
Imiquad Ointment is not a cure for genital warts, and it will not protect against sexually transmitted diseases such as chlamydia, gonorrhea, herpes, HIV, syphilis, and trichomoniasis.
- What other drugs will affect Imiquad 5% Cream?
It is not likely that other drugs you take orally or inject will have an effect on topically applied Imiquad . But many drugs can interact with each other. Tell your doctor about all your prescriptions and over-the-counter medications, vitamins, minerals, herbal products, and drugs prescribed by other doctors. Do not start a new medication without telling your doctor.
Possible Side Effects of Imiquad Cream (Imiquimod 5% Cream)
Common to bothersome side effects of this medication may include
- back pain, diarrhea, headache, mild pain, burning, itching, redness, flaking, swelling, tenderness at the application site, scabbing, thick or hardened skin at the application site.
Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction:
- hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Wash off the medicine and call your doctor at once if you have a serious skin reaction such as severe itching, burning, oozing, bleeding, or skin changes where the medicine is applied.
Less serious side effects may include:
- mild skin irritation, dryness, flaking, scabbing, redness, or hardening of the skin where the medicine was applied;
- changes in the color of treated skin;
- fever, chills, body aches, swollen glands, flu symptoms;
- runny or stuffy nose, cough, sore throat;
- headache, back ache, muscle pain; or
- diarrhea, upset stomach.
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Tell your doctor about any unusual or bothersome side effect.
Buy Imiquad Cream 5% (Imiquimod 5% Cream) Online
You can buy Imiquad Cream ( Also referred to as Imiquad Gel or Ointment) online at a Cheap rate from the Swiss Pharmacy. The Imiquimod 5% Cream sachets are priced at $6.23 per unit for an order of 48 sachets .
This Product was added to our catalogue on Saturday, 09. October 2010.