imiquimod topical (cont.)
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What happens if I miss a dose (Aldara, Zyclara)?
Skip the missed dose and wait until the next time you are getting ready for bed to use the medicine. Do not use extra medicine to make up the missed dose.
What happens if I overdose (Aldara, Zyclara)?
Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222.
Overdose symptoms may include severe skin irritation, feeling light-headed, or fainting.
What should I avoid while using imiquimod topical (Aldara, Zyclara)?
Avoid getting this medication in your eyes, mouth, and nose, or on your lips. Do not place the cream in your rectum, vagina, or urethra. If it does get into any of these areas, rinse with water. Do not use imiquimod topical on sunburned, windburned, dry, chapped, irritated, or broken skin.
Avoid using other medications on the areas you treat with imiquimod topical unless you doctor tells you to.
Avoid exposure to sunlight or tanning beds. Imiquimod topical can make you sunburn more easily. Wear protective clothing and use sunscreen (SPF 30 or higher) when you are outdoors.
Avoid having unprotected sex. Imiquimod is not a cure for genital warts, and it will not protect against sexually transmitted diseases such as chlamydia, gonorrhea, herpes, HIV, syphilis, and trichomoniasis. Talk with your doctor about safe ways to prevent transmission during sex.
What other drugs will affect imiquimod topical (Aldara, Zyclara)?
It is not likely that other drugs you take orally or inject will have an effect on topically applied imiquimod topical. But many drugs can interact with each other. Tell your doctor about all medications you use. This includes prescription, over-the-counter, vitamin, and herbal products. Do not start a new medication without telling your doctor.
Where can I get more information?
Your pharmacist can provide more information about imiquimod topical.
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