Drug information provided by: IBM Micromedex
In deciding to use a medicine, the risks of taking the medicine must be weighed against the good it will do. This is a decision you and your doctor will make. For this medicine, the following should be considered:
Tell your doctor if you have ever had any unusual or allergic reaction to this medicine or any other medicines. Also tell your health care professional if you have any other types of allergies, such as to foods, dyes, preservatives, or animals. For non-prescription products, read the label or package ingredients carefully.
Appropriate studies performed to date have not demonstrated pediatric-specific problems that would limit the usefulness of imiquimod topical for external warts in children older than 12 years of age. However, safety and efficacy have not been established in children younger than 12 years of age.
Appropriate studies on the relationship of age to the effects of imiquimod topical for actinic keratosis or skin cancer have not been performed in the pediatric population. Safety and efficacy have not been established.
Appropriate studies performed to date have not demonstrated geriatric-specific problems that would limit the usefulness of imiquimod topical in the elderly.
There are no adequate studies in women for determining infant risk when using this medication during breastfeeding. Weigh the potential benefits against the potential risks before taking this medication while breastfeeding.
Although certain medicines should not be used together at all, in other cases two different medicines may be used together even if an interaction might occur. In these cases, your doctor may want to change the dose, or other precautions may be necessary. Tell your healthcare professional if you are taking any other prescription or nonprescription (over-the-counter [OTC]) medicine.
Certain medicines should not be used at or around the time of eating food or eating certain types of food since interactions may occur. Using alcohol or tobacco with certain medicines may also cause interactions to occur. Discuss with your healthcare professional the use of your medicine with food, alcohol, or tobacco.
Other Medical Problems
The presence of other medical problems may affect the use of this medicine. Make sure you tell your doctor if you have any other medical problems, especially:
Autoimmune disorders, history of or
Infection of the skin at or near the place of application or
Large sores, broken skin, or severe skin injury at the place of application or
Rheumatoid arthritis, juvenile or adult (chronic, always present) or
Sun exposure, including sunlamps or
Surgery, recent, at the place of application or
Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), history of or
Vulvar swelling (swelling near the opening of the vagina)—The chance of side effects may be increased.
Basal cell nervus syndrome or
Human papilloma viral disease (cervical, intra-anal, intravaginal, rectal, urethral) or
Weak immune system or
Xeroderma pigmentosum (a rare, inherited skin disease)—It is not known if this medicine will work in patients with these conditions.