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Reviewing Imiquimod With Your Doctor and How It Works

Important Information for Your Healthcare Provider

You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to using imiquimod if you have:
  • A weakened immune system due to any cause
  • An overactive immune system
  • A sunburn
  • Any other skin problems
  • Any allergies, including to medications, foods, dyes, or preservatives.
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are:
Make sure to tell your healthcare provider about any other medications you are taking, including prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
(Click Precautions and Warnings With Imiquimod to learn more, including information on who should not use the drug.)

How Does This Medication Work?

It is not entirely clear why imiquimod works to treat actinic keratosis lesions, basal cell carcinoma, or genital warts. However, it is thought that the beneficial effects of the drug might be due to how it activates the immune system.
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