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Molecule Description

Imiquimod is used in the treatment of actinic keratosis (skin condition due to

sun exposure), secondary skin cancers and genital warts.


Uses of Imiquimod

  • It is used in the treatment of warts on the surface of sexual organs and around the anus (back passage)
  • It is also used to treat actinic keratosis ( skin condition due to sun exposure) and superficial basal cell carcinoma (slow-growing form of skin cancer which spread to other parts of the body)

Contraindications of Imiquimod

When should one not use Imiquimod

Do not use this medicine if you are allergic to it.

Side effects of Imiquimod

Common side effects of this drug are:

  • Itching over the skin and sometimes in eyes
  • Red rash over skin
  • Pain
  • Irritation
  • Burning sensation
  • Muscle pain, joint pain
  • Nausea, loss of appetite
  • Headache, fatigue
  • Ringing in the ears, flushing
  • Dizziness, migraine
  • Insomnia, depression
  • Swollen glands
  • Bacterial, viral and fungal infections (e.g. cold sores)
  • Vaginal infection including thrush; cough and colds with sore throat

Precautions and Warnings of Imiquimod



Can I take Imiquimod during pregnancy?
No data available about the effects of this medicine in an unborn baby when used during pregnancy. Consult your doctor before using this medicine.

Breast Feeding

Can I take Imiquimod while breastfeeding?
No data available whether this medicine passes in breast milk or not. Therefore avoid breastfeeding when on this medication.


Can I drive if I have consumed Imiquimod?
This medicine does not affect the ability to drive.


Can I consume alcohol with Imiquimod?
No interaction found.

Other General Warnings

Talk to your doctor if
  • You have previously used this medicine
  • You have low immunity or abnormal blood count

Mode of Action of Imiquimod

How Does It Work?

Imiquimod is an immune response modifier. It may induce certain chemicals called Cytokines. The exact mechanism of action remains unknown.

Interactions of Imiquimod

Interactions with other medicines

No significant medicine interactions are noted. But inform your doctor about all the medications that you are taking.

Interactions with food items

No specific interactions with food have been reported yet.

Dietary Restrictions of Imiquimod

No information is available on dietary restrictions while you are taking this medicine, consult your doctor or pharmacist for further information.

Dosage of Imiquimod


Wash the extra medicine with soap and water. If you accidentally consumed the medicine, consult your doctor.

Missed a Dose

If you missed an application of the medicine, don’t panic - use when you remember. Then continue it as per the schedule.

Content Details


Dr. Ritu Budania

MBBS, MD (Pharmacology)

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


Q: What should I discuss with my healthcare expert before taking Imiquimod?

  • Inform the doctor about your detailed medical, surgical and allergy history
  • Inform your physician if you have any of the following conditions: Sunburn
  • Weak immune system, auto-immune disease
  • Graft versus host disease
  • Received a bone marrow transplant
  • If you are pregnant, lactating or planning a pregnancy

Q: What precautions should I take?

  • Avoid sunlight as much as possible
  • Don’t go near the fire as it increases the risk of burns
Last Updated on: 05 Oct 2020 | 10:47 PM (IST)

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