Imiquimod Topical

Brand Names

Aldara®, Zyclara® (There may be other names for this medication.)

How is Imiquimod Administered?

Imiquimod comes as a cream and you apply it to your skin.

Why am I Using Imiquimod?

Imiquimod cream is used to treat actinic keratosis - rough, scaly patches on your face or scalp caused by many years of sun exposure. Actinic keratosis is not skin cancer, but if left untreated, a small percentage will become skin cancer. This medication is also used to treat some superficial basal cell skin cancers.

How Does it Work?

Imiquimod stimulates the immune system to release chemicals called cytokines, which are important in destroying cancer cells.

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