Imiquimod Review

Imiquimod Review

There are many prescriptions out there than can effectively treat HPV, and Imiquimod is one of the most popular ones. It is used to treat specific types of skin growth therefore genital warts can be treated by using Imiquimod. The medication is considered an immune response modifier which means its main function is to help activating your immune system to fight against irregular skin growths

Imiquimod is not advised to be used by children under 12 years old unless specifically recommended by your doctor.

How to use imiquimod topical

Remember to always read the instructions provided by your pharmacist/doctor before you start using the prescription. If you have any questions regarding Imiquimod, consult them right away.

Imiquimod should only be used on the skin. Apply the medication to the outbreak area once a day or more as advised by your doctor. Specific skin problems require different times and length of time you use the medication. With precancerous growths, applying the medication twice a week for 16 weeks straight is needed. Skin cancer requires applying 5 times a week for 6 weeks. With genital warts, 3 times a week for up to 16 weeks. Your doctor and pharmacist should be able to provide you a much more detailed plan that would fit to your condition.

Irritation might occur if you apply the medication into your eyes, mouth, vagina, rectum or nose. Contact your doctor immediately in such cases.

Applying imiquimod regularly to get the best result from it. It is recommended to use a calendar to keep track of the days you will be using the medication. Don’t forget to wash your hands as well as the affected area with soap and water thoroughly before applying imiquimod. It is best to apply it right before going to bed. Wash your hands after using it as well. Do not use bandages or other moist coverings on the treated area. Cotton gauze or underwear if treating genital warts are allowed. Leave the cream on and wash the affected are with soap and water in the morning to remove the medication. Keep in mind that do not leave the cream on the outbreak area longer than advised by your doctor. Throw away any leftover of the medication.

Let your doctor know immediately if there’s any sign of side effects.

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