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Review: Imiquimod side effects

In this review, we analyze Imiquimod side effects by the time on the drug, gender and age (0-60+) of the people who have side effects while taking Imiquimod. The review is based on 137 people who have side effects while taking Imiquimod from FDA and social media, and is updated regularly.

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What is Imiquimod

Imiquimod (latest outcomes from 144 users) has active ingredients of imiquimod. It is often used in actinic keratosis.

Other drugs that have the same active ingredients (imiquimod): Aldara, Zyclara.

On Apr, 6, 2015: 137 people who reported to have side effects when taking Imiquimod are studied


Most common side effects over time * :

< 1 month1 - 6 months6 - 12 months1 - 2 years2 - 5 years5 - 10 years10+ yearsnot specified
Application Site PainApplication Site Painn/aUvulitisn/an/an/aPyrexia
NauseaApplication Site PruritusBack Pain
Application Site PruritusGastric Ulcer HaemorrhageDizziness
Application Site InflammationScabMyalgia
VomitingApplication Site ErythemaMalaise
Salivary Gland PainPainAsthenia
Application Site UlcerSkin DiscolourationErythema
Parotid Gland EnlargementApplication Site DischargeBasal Cell Carcinoma
Neutrophil Count DecreasedRashPain
Differential White Blood Cell Count AbnormalLip UlcerationNeoplasm Malignant

Most common side effects by gender * :

Application Site PainPyrexia
Differential White Blood Cell Count AbnormalAsthenia
Neutrophil Count DecreasedMalaise
RashBack Pain
Application Site PruritusRenal Tubular Necrosis
Application Site InflammationVomiting
Infected Skin UlcerMulti-organ Failure

Most common side effects by age * :

n/aPyrexiaSuicidal IdeationNeutrophil Count DecreasedPapilloma Viral InfectionPyrexiaApplication Site PainScab
SwellingMood SwingsDifferential White Blood Cell Count AbnormalSkin LesionDizzinessInfected Skin UlcerPain
Neoplasm SkinAggressionNauseaSquamous Cell CarcinomaAnuriaApplication Site InflammationRash
Skin InjurySalivary Gland PainBowen's DiseaseAstheniaDysuriaApplication Site Pain
Neoplasm MalignantParotid Gland EnlargementPain Of SkinRenal Tubular NecrosisApplication Site PruritusMyalgia
Disease ProgressionVomitingNail Growth AbnormalBack PainApplication Site UlcerPruritus
NauseaMulti-organ FailureGraft Versus Host DiseaseRenal Failure AcuteHypersensitivityApplication Site Erythema
VomitingPerirectal AbscessInfectionOropharyngeal PainHypotensionBasal Cell Carcinoma
HeadacheClostridial InfectionSkin PapillomaMalaiseVomitingApplication Site Pruritus
Pseudomonal SepsisAlopeciaCytomegalovirus ColitisErythemaPyrexia

* Some reports may have incomplete information.

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NOTE: The study is based on active ingredients and brand name. Other drugs that have the same active ingredients (e.g. generic drugs) are NOT considered.

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