Imiquimod: A treatment for some skin cancers, genital warts

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Sun-damaged skin: People with sun-damaged skin have a higher risk for developing AKs.

Imiquimod: Overview

Imiquimod (ih-mih-kwih-mod) is a prescription medicine that you use at home. It comes in a cream that you apply to your skin. Your dermatologist may prescribe imiquimod to treat:

  • Actinic keratosis (AK).
  • Basal cell carcinoma (the earliest form of this skin cancer).
  • Genital warts.

 

Sometimes, a dermatologist will prescribe imiquimod to treat another skin condition.

For your dermatologist to prescribe imiquimod, you must:

  • Be willing to apply the medicine as instructed. 
  • Return for follow-up appointments.
  • Have a normally functioning immune system.


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