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FULL PRESCRIBING INFORMATION
1 INDICATIONS AND USAGE
1.1 Actinic Keratosis
ZYCLARA Cream is indicated for the topical treatment of clinically typical visible or palpable, actinic keratoses (AK), of the full face or balding scalp in immunocompetent adults.
1.2 External Genital Warts
ZYCLARA Cream is indicated for the treatment of external genital and perianal warts (EGW)/condyloma acuminata in patients 12 years or older.
1.3 Limitations of Use
Imiquimod cream has been evaluated in children ages 2 to 12 years with molluscum contagiosum and these studies failed to demonstrate efficacy [see Use in Specific Populations (8.4)].
Treatment with ZYCLARA has not been studied for prevention or transmission of HPV.
1.4 Unevaluated Populations
The safety and efficacy of ZYCLARA Cream have not been established in the treatment of:
2 DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION
For topical use only; ZYCLARA Cream is not for oral, ophthalmic, intra-anal or intravaginal use.
2.1 Actinic Keratosis
ZYCLARA Cream should be applied once daily before bedtime to the skin of the affected area (either entire face or balding scalp) for two 2-week treatment cycles separated by a 2-week no-treatment period. ZYCLARA Cream should be applied as a thin film to the entire treatment area and rubbed in until the cream is no longer visible. Up to 2 packets of ZYCLARA Cream may be applied to the treatment area at each application. ZYCLARA Cream should be left on the skin for approximately 8 hours, after which time the cream should be removed by washing the area with mild soap and water. The prescriber should demonstrate the proper application technique to maximize the benefit of ZYCLARA Cream therapy.
Patients should wash their hands before and after applying ZYCLARA Cream.
Avoid use in or on the lips and nostrils. Do not use in or near the eyes.
Local skin reactions in the treatment area are common [see Adverse Reactions (6.1)]. A rest period of several days may be taken if required by the patient's discomfort or severity of the local skin reaction. However, neither 2-week treatment cycle should be extended due to missed doses or rest periods. A transient increase in lesion counts may be observed during treatment. Response to treatment cannot be adequately assessed until resolution of local skin reactions. The patient should continue dosing as prescribed. Treatment should continue for the full treatment course even if all actinic keratoses appear to be gone. Lesions that do not respond to treatment should be carefully re-evaluated and management reconsidered.
ZYCLARA Cream is packaged in single-use packets, with 28 packets supplied per box. Patients should be prescribed no more than 2 boxes (56 packets) for the total 2-cycle treatment course. Unused packets should be discarded. Partially-used packets should be discarded and not reused.
2.2 External Genital Warts
Patients should apply a thin layer of ZYCLARA Cream once a day to the external genital/perianal warts until total clearance or for up to 8 weeks. Up to one packet of ZYCLARA Cream may be applied to the treatment area at each application. ZYCLARA Cream should be applied prior to normal sleeping hours and left on the skin for approximately 8 hours, then removed by washing the area with mild soap and water. The prescriber should demonstrate the proper application technique to maximize the benefit of ZYCLARA Cream therapy.
Patients should wash their hands before and after applying ZYCLARA Cream.
Local skin reactions at the treatment site are common [see Adverse Reactions (6.2)], and may necessitate a rest period of several days; resume treatment once the reaction subsides. Non-occlusive dressings such as cotton gauze or cotton underwear may be used in the management of skin reactions.
ZYCLARA Cream is packaged in single-use packets with 28 packets supplied per box, which contain sufficient cream to cover the wart areas. Prescribe up to 2 boxes (56 packets) for the treatment course. Use of excessive amounts of cream should be avoided. Partially-used packets should be discarded and not reused.
5 WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS
5.1 Local Skin Reactions
Intense local skin reactions including skin weeping or erosion can occur after a few applications of ZYCLARA Cream and may require an interruption of dosing [see Dosage and Administration (2) and Adverse Reactions (6)]. ZYCLARA Cream has the potential to exacerbate inflammatory conditions of the skin, including chronic graft versus host disease.
Administration of ZYCLARA Cream is not recommended until the skin is healed from any previous drug or surgical treatment.
5.2 Systemic Reactions
Flu-like signs and symptoms may accompany, or even precede, local skin reactions and may include fatigue, nausea, fever, myalgias, arthralgias, malaise and chills. An interruption of dosing and an assessment of the patient should be considered [see Adverse Reactions (6)].
Lymphadenopathy occurred in 2% of subjects with actinic keratosis treated with ZYCLARA Cream [see Adverse Reactions (6)]. This reaction resolved in all subjects by 4 weeks after completion of treatment.
5.3 Ultraviolet Light Exposure Risks
Exposure to sunlight (including sunlamps) should be avoided or minimized during use of ZYCLARA Cream. Patients should be warned to use protective clothing (e.g., a hat) when using ZYCLARA Cream. Patients with sunburn should be advised not to use ZYCLARA Cream until fully recovered. Patients who may have considerable sun exposure, e.g. due to their occupation, and those patients with inherent sensitivity to sunlight should exercise caution when using ZYCLARA Cream.
In an animal photo-carcinogenicity study, imiquimod cream shortened the time to skin tumor formation [see Nonclinical Toxicology (13.1)]. The enhancement of ultraviolet carcinogenicity is not necessarily dependent on phototoxic mechanisms. Therefore, patients should minimize or avoid natural or artificial sunlight exposure.
5.4 Increased Risk of Adverse Reactions with Concomitant Imiquimod Use
Concomitant use of ZYCLARA and any other imiquimod products, in the same treatment area, should be avoided since they contain the same active ingredient (imiquimod) and may increase the risk for and severity of local skin reactions.
The safety of concomitant use of ZYCLARA Cream and any other imiquimod products has not been established and should be avoided since they contain the same active ingredient (imiquimod) and may increase the risk for and severity of systemic reactions.
5.5 Immune Cell Activation in Autoimmune Disease
ZYCLARA Cream should be used with caution in patients with pre-existing autoimmune conditions because imiquimod activates immune cells [see Pharmacodynamics (12.2)].
6 ADVERSE REACTIONS
Because clinical trials are conducted under widely varying conditions, adverse reaction rates observed in the clinical trials of a drug cannot be directly compared to rates in the clinical trials of another drug and may not reflect the rates observed in practice.
6.1 Clinical Trials Experience: Actinic Keratosis
The data described below reflect exposure to ZYCLARA Cream or vehicle in 319 subjects enrolled in two double-blind, vehicle-controlled trials. Subjects applied up to two packets of ZYCLARA Cream or vehicle daily to the skin of the affected area (either entire face or balding scalp) for two 2-week treatment cycles separated by a 2-week no treatment period.
Overall, in the clinical trials, 11% (17/160) of subjects on ZYCLARA Cream and 0% on vehicle cream required rest periods due to adverse reactions.
Other adverse reactions observed in subjects treated with ZYCLARA Cream include: application site bleeding, application site swelling, arthralgia, cheilitis, chills, dermatitis, herpes zoster, influenza-like illness, insomnia, lethargy, myalgia, pancytopenia, pruritus, squamous cell carcinoma, and vomiting.
6.2 Clinical Trials Experience: External Genital Warts
In two double-blind, placebo-controlled studies 602 subjects applied up to one packet of ZYCLARA Cream or vehicle daily for up to 8 weeks.
The most frequently reported adverse reactions were application site reactions and local skin reactions. Selected adverse reactions are listed in Table 3.
Local skin reactions were recorded as adverse reactions only if they extended beyond the treatment area, if they required any medical intervention, or they resulted in patient discontinuation from the study. The incidence and severity of selected local skin reactions are shown in Table 4.
The frequency and severity of local skin reactions were similar in both genders, with the following exceptions: a) flaking/scaling occurred in 40% of men and in 26% of women and b) scabbing/crusting occurred in 34% of men and in 18% of women.
In the clinical trials, 32% (126/400) of subjects who used ZYCLARA Cream and 2% (4/202) of subjects who used vehicle cream discontinued treatment temporarily (required rest periods) due to adverse local skin reactions, and 1% (3/400) of subjects who used ZYCLARA Cream discontinued treatment permanently due to local skin/application site reactions.
Other adverse reactions reported in subjects treated with ZYCLARA Cream include: rash, back pain, application site rash, application site cellulitis, application site excoriation, application site bleeding, scrotal pain, scrotal erythema, scrotal ulcer, scrotal edema, sinusitis, nausea, pyrexia, and influenza-like symptoms.
6.3 Postmarketing Experience
The following adverse reactions have been identified during post-approval use of imiquimod. Because these reactions are reported voluntarily from a population of uncertain size, it is not always possible to reliably estimate their frequency or establish a causal relationship to drug exposure.
Application Site Disorders: tingling at the application site.
Body as a Whole: angioedema.
Cardiovascular: capillary leak syndrome, cardiac failure, cardiomyopathy, pulmonary edema, arrhythmias (tachycardia, supraventricular tachycardia, atrial fibrillation, palpitations), chest pain, ischemia, myocardial infarction, syncope.
Gastro-Intestinal System Disorders: abdominal pain.
Hematological: decreases in red cell, white cell and platelet counts (including idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura), lymphoma.
Hepatic: abnormal liver function.
Infections and Infestations: herpes simplex.
Musculo-Skeletal System Disorders: arthralgia.
Neuropsychiatric: agitation, cerebrovascular accident, convulsions (including febrile convulsions), depression, insomnia, multiple sclerosis aggravation, paresis, suicide.
Urinary System Disorders: proteinuria, urinary retention, dysuria.
Skin and Appendages: exfoliative dermatitis, erythema multiforme, hyperpigmentation, hypertrophic scar, hypopigmentation.
Vascular: Henoch-Schonlein purpura syndrome.
8 USE IN SPECIFIC POPULATIONS
Pregnancy Category C:
There are no adequate and well-controlled studies in pregnant women. ZYCLARA Cream should be used during pregnancy only if the potential benefit justifies the potential risk to the fetus.
The animal multiples of human exposure calculations were based on daily dose comparisons for the reproductive toxicology studies described in this label. The animal multiples of human exposure were based on weekly dose comparisons for the carcinogenicity studies described in this label. For the animal multiple of human exposure ratios presented in this label, the Maximum Recommended Human Dose (MRHD) was set at 2 packets (500 mg cream) per treatment of actinic keratosis with ZYCLARA Cream (imiquimod 3.75%, 18.75 mg imiquimod) for BSA comparison. The maximum human AUC value obtained in the treatment of external genital and perianal warts was higher than that obtained in the treatment of actinic keratosis and was used in the calculation of animal multiples of MRHD that were based on AUC comparison.
Systemic embryofetal development studies were conducted in rats and rabbits. Oral doses of 1, 5 and 20 mg/kg/day imiquimod were administered during the period of organogenesis (gestational days 6 – 15) to pregnant female rats. In the presence of maternal toxicity, fetal effects noted at 20 mg/kg/day (163X MRHD based on AUC comparisons) included increased resorptions, decreased fetal body weights, delays in skeletal ossification, bent limb bones, and two fetuses in one litter (2 of 1567 fetuses) demonstrated exencephaly, protruding tongues and low-set ears. No treatment related effects on embryofetal toxicity or teratogenicity were noted at 5 mg/kg/day (28X MRHD based on AUC comparisons).
Intravenous doses of 0.5, 1 and 2 mg/kg/day imiquimod were administered during the period of organogenesis (gestational days 6 – 18) to pregnant female rabbits. No treatment related effects on embryofetal toxicity or teratogenicity were noted at 2 mg/kg/day (2.1X MRHD based on BSA comparisons), the highest dose evaluated in this study, or 1 mg/kg/day (115X MRHD based on AUC comparisons).
A combined fertility and peri- and post-natal development study was conducted in rats. Oral doses of 1, 1.5, 3 and 6 mg/kg/day imiquimod were administered to male rats from 70 days prior to mating through the mating period and to female rats from 14 days prior to mating through parturition and lactation. No effects on growth, fertility, reproduction or post-natal development were noted at doses up to 6 mg/kg/day (25X MRHD based on AUC comparisons), the highest dose evaluated in this study. In the absence of maternal toxicity, bent limb bones were noted in the F1 fetuses at a dose of 6 mg/kg/day (25X MRHD based on AUC comparisons). This fetal effect was also noted in the oral rat embryofetal development study conducted with imiquimod. No treatment related effects on teratogenicity were noted at 3 mg/kg/day (12X MRHD based on AUC comparisons).
8.3 Nursing Mothers
It is not known whether imiquimod is excreted in human milk following use of ZYCLARA Cream. Because many drugs are excreted in human milk, caution should be exercised when ZYCLARA Cream is administered to nursing women.
8.4 Pediatric Use
AK is a condition not generally seen within the pediatric population. The safety and efficacy of ZYCLARA Cream for AK in patients less than 18 years of age has not been established.
Safety and efficacy in patients with external genital/perianal warts below the age of 12 years have not been established.
Imiquimod 5% cream was evaluated in two randomized, vehicle-controlled, double-blind trials involving 702 pediatric subjects with molluscum contagiosum (MC) (470 exposed to imiquimod; median age 5 years, range 2-12 years). Subjects applied imiquimod cream or vehicle 3 times weekly for up to 16 weeks. Complete clearance (no MC lesions) was assessed at Week 18. In Study 1, the complete clearance rate was 24% (52/217) in the imiquimod cream group compared with 26% (28/106) in the vehicle group. In Study 2, the clearance rates were 24% (60/253) in the imiquimod cream group compared with 28% (35/126) in the vehicle group. These studies failed to demonstrate efficacy.
Similar to the studies conducted in adults, the most frequently reported adverse reaction from 2 studies in children with molluscum contagiosum was application site reaction. Adverse events which occurred more frequently in imiquimod-treated subjects compared with vehicle-treated subjects generally resembled those seen in studies in indications approved for adults and also included otitis media (5% imiquimod vs. 3% vehicle) and conjunctivitis (3% imiquimod vs. 2% vehicle).
Erythema was the most frequently reported local skin reaction. Severe local skin reactions reported by imiquimod-treated subjects in the pediatric studies included erythema (28%), edema (8%), scabbing/crusting (5%), flaking/scaling (5%), erosion (2%) and weeping/exudate (2%).
Systemic absorption of imiquimod across the affected skin of 22 subjects aged 2 to 12 years with extensive MC involving at least 10% of the total body surface area was observed after single and multiple doses at a dosing frequency of 3 applications per week for 4 weeks. The investigator determined the dose applied, either 1, 2 or 3 packets per dose, based on the size of the treatment area and the subject’s weight. The overall median peak serum drug concentrations at the end of week 4 was between 0.26 and 1.06 ng/ml except in a 2-year old female who was administered 2 packets of study drug per dose, had a Cmax of 9.66 ng/mL after multiple dosing. Children aged 2-5 years received doses of 12.5 mg (one packet) or 25 mg (two packets) of imiquimod and had median multiple-dose peak serum drug levels of approximately 0.2 or 0.5 ng/mL, respectively. Children aged 6-12 years received doses of 12.5 mg, 25 mg, or 37.5 mg (three packets) and had median multiple dose serum drug levels of approximately 0.1, 0.15, or 0.3 ng/mL, respectively. Among the 20 subjects with evaluable laboratory assessments, the median WBC count decreased by 1.4*109/L and the median absolute neutrophil count decreased by 1.42*109/L.
8.5 Geriatric Use
Of the 160 subjects treated with ZYCLARA Cream in the AK clinical studies, 78 subjects (49%) were 65 years or older. No overall differences in safety or effectiveness were observed between these subjects and younger subjects.
Clinical studies of ZYCLARA Cream for EGW did not include sufficient numbers of subjects aged 65 and over to determine whether they respond differently from younger subjects. Of the 400 subjects treated with ZYCLARA Cream in the EGW clinical studies, 5 subjects (1%) were 65 years or older.
Topical overdosing of ZYCLARA Cream could result in an increased incidence of severe local skin reactions and may increase the risk for systemic reactions.
Hypotension was reported in a clinical trial following multiple oral imiquimod doses of >200 mg (equivalent to ingestion of the imiquimod content of more than 21 packets of ZYCLARA). The hypotension resolved following oral or intravenous fluid administration.
ZYCLARA (imiquimod) Cream, 3.75% is intended for topical administration. Each gram contains 37.5 mg of imiquimod in a white to faintly yellow oil-in-water cream base consisting of isostearic acid, cetyl alcohol, stearyl alcohol, white petrolatum, polysorbate 60, sorbitan monostearate, glycerin, xanthan gum, purified water, benzyl alcohol, methylparaben, and propylparaben.
Chemically, imiquimod is 1-(2-methylpropyl)-1H-imidazol[4,5-c]quinolin-4-amine. Imiquimod has a molecular formula of C14H16N4 and a molecular weight of 240.3. Its structural formula is:
12 CLINICAL PHARMACOLOGY
12.1 Mechanism of Action
The mechanism of action of ZYCLARA Cream in treating AK and EGW lesions is unknown.
The pharmacodynamics of ZYCLARA are unknown.
Imiquimod is a Toll-like receptor 7 agonist that activates immune cells. Topical application to skin is associated with increases in markers for cytokines and immune cells.
External Genital Warts
Following dosing with 2 packets once daily (18.75 mg imiquimod/day) for up to three weeks, systemic absorption of imiquimod was observed in all subjects when ZYCLARA Cream was applied to the face and/or scalp in 17 subjects with at least 10 AK lesions. The mean peak serum imiquimod concentration at the end of the trial was approximately 0.323 ng/mL. The median time to maximal concentrations (Tmax) occurred at 9 hours after dosing. Based on the plasma half-life of imiquimod observed at the end of the study, 29.3±17.0 hours, steady-state concentrations can be anticipated to occur by day 7 with once daily dosing.
Systemic absorption of imiquimod (up to 9.4 mg [one packet]) across the affected skin of 18 subjects with EGW was observed with once daily dosing for 3 weeks in all subjects. The subjects had either a minimum of 8 warts (range 8-93) or a surface area involvement of greater than 100mm2 (range 15-620mm2) at study entry. The mean peak serum imiquimod concentration at Day 21 was 0.488 +/- 0.368 ng/mL. The median time to maximal concentrations (Tmax) occurred 12 hours after dosing. Based on the plasma half-life of imiquimod observed at the end of the study, 24.1+/- 12.4 hours, steady-state concentrations can be anticipated to occur by day 7 with once daily dosing. Because of the small number of subjects present (13 males, 5 females) it was not possible to select out or do an analysis of absorption based on gender/site of application.
13 NONCLINICAL TOXICOLOGY
13.1 Carcinogenesis, Mutagenesis, Impairment of Fertility
In an oral (gavage) rat carcinogenicity study, imiquimod was administered to Wistar rats on a 2X/week (up to 6 mg/kg/day) or daily (3 mg/kg/day) dosing schedule for 24 months. No treatment related tumors were noted in the oral rat carcinogenicity study up to the highest doses tested in this study of 6 mg/kg administered 2X/week in female rats (7.1X MRHD based on weekly AUC comparisons), 4 mg/kg administered 2X/week in male rats (6.1X MRHD based on weekly AUC comparisons) or 3 mg/kg administered 7X/week to male and female rats (12X MRHD based on weekly AUC comparisons).
In a dermal mouse carcinogenicity study, imiquimod cream (up to 5 mg/kg/application imiquimod or 0.3% imiquimod cream) was applied to the backs of mice 3X/week for 24 months. A statistically significant increase in the incidence of liver adenomas and carcinomas was noted in high dose male mice compared to control male mice (21X MRHD based on weekly AUC comparisons). An increased number of skin papillomas was observed in vehicle cream control group animals at the treated site only.
In a 52-week dermal photo-carcinogenicity study, the median time to onset of skin tumor formation was decreased in hairless mice following chronic topical dosing (3X/week; 40 weeks of treatment followed by 12 weeks of observation) with concurrent exposure to UV radiation (5 days per week) with vehicle alone. No additional effect on tumor development beyond the vehicle effect was noted with the addition of the active ingredient, imiquimod, to the vehicle cream.
Imiquimod revealed no evidence of mutagenic or clastogenic potential based on the results of five in vitro genotoxicity tests (Ames assay, mouse lymphoma L5178Y assay, Chinese hamster ovary cell chromosome aberration assay, human lymphocyte chromosome aberration assay and SHE cell transformation assay) and three in vivo genotoxicity tests (rat and hamster bone marrow cytogenetics assay and a mouse dominant lethal test).
Daily oral administration of imiquimod to rats, throughout mating, gestation, parturition and lactation, demonstrated no effects on growth, fertility or reproduction, at doses up to 25X MRHD based on AUC comparisons.
14 CLINICAL STUDIES
14.1 Actinic Keratosis
In two double-blind, randomized, vehicle-controlled clinical studies, 319 subjects with AK were treated with ZYCLARA Cream, or vehicle cream. Studies enrolled subjects >18 years of age with 5 to 20 typical visible or palpable AK lesions of the face or scalp. Study cream was applied to either the entire face (excluding ears) or balding scalp once daily for two 2-week treatment cycles separated by a 2-week no-treatment period. Subjects then continued in the study for an 8-week follow-up period during which they returned for clinical observations and safety monitoring. Study subjects ranged from 36 to 90 years of age and 54% had Fitzpatrick skin type I or II. All ZYCLARA Cream-treated subjects were Caucasians.
On a scheduled dosing day, up to two packets of the study cream were applied to the entire treatment area prior to normal sleeping hours and left on for approximately 8 hours. Efficacy was assessed by AK lesion counts at the 8-week post-treatment visit. All AKs in the treatment area were counted, including baseline lesions as well as lesions which appeared during therapy.
Complete clearance required absence of any lesions including those that appeared during therapy in the treatment area. Complete and partial clearance rates are shown in the tables below. Partial clearance rate was defined as the percentage of subjects in whom the number of baseline AKs was reduced by 75% or more. The partial clearance rate was measured relative to the numbers of AK lesions at baseline.
During the course of treatment, 86% (138/160) of subjects experienced a transient increase in lesions evaluated as actinic keratoses relative to the number present at baseline within the treatment area.
14.2 External Genital Warts
In two double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled clinical studies, 601 subjects with EGW were treated with 3.75% imiquimod cream, or a matching placebo cream. Studies enrolled subjects aged from 15 to 81 years. The baseline wart area ranged from 6 to 5579 mm2 (median 60 mm²)and the baseline wart count ranged from 2 to 48 warts. Most subjects had two or more treated anatomic areas at baseline. Anatomic areas included: inguinal, perineal, and perianal areas (both genders); the glans penis, penis shaft, scrotum, and foreskin (in men); and the vulva (in women). Up to one packet of study cream was applied once daily. The study cream was applied to all warts prior to normal sleeping hours and left on for approximately 8 hours. Subjects continued applying the study cream for up to 8 weeks, stopping if they achieved complete clearance of all (baseline and new) warts in all anatomic areas. Subjects who achieved complete clearance of all warts at any time up to the Week 16 visit enter a 12 week follow-up period to assess recurrence.
Complete clearance was defined as clearance of all warts (baseline and new) in all anatomic areas within 16 weeks from baseline. The complete clearance rates are shown in Table 7. The proportions of subjects who achieved complete clearance at or before a given week (cumulative proportion) for the combined studies are shown in Figure 1. Complete clearance rates by gender for the combined studies are shown in Table 8.
Of the 113 ZYCLARA-treated subjects who achieved complete clearance in the two studies, 17 (15%) subjects had a recurrence within 12 weeks.
No studies were conducted directly comparing the 3.75% and 5% concentrations of imiquimod cream in the treatment of external genital warts.
16 HOW SUPPLIED/STORAGE AND HANDLING
ZYCLARA (imiquimod) Cream, 3.75% is white to faintly yellow in color and supplied in single-use packets which contain 250 mg of the cream. Available as: Box of 28 packets NDC 29336-710-28. Store at 25°C (77°F); excursions permitted to 15° to 30°C (59° to 86°F) [see USP Controlled Room Temperature].
17 PATIENT COUNSELING INFORMATION
17.1 Instructions for Administration
ZYCLARA Cream should be used as directed by a physician [see Dosage and Administration (2)]. ZYCLARA Cream is for external use only. Contact with the eyes, lips, nostrils, anus and vagina should be avoided [see Indications and Usage (1) and [Dosage and Administration (2)].
The treatment area should not be bandaged or otherwise occluded. Partially-used packets should be discarded and not reused. The prescriber should demonstrate the proper application technique to maximize the benefit of ZYCLARA Cream therapy.
It is recommended that patients wash their hands before and after applying ZYCLARA Cream.
17.2 Local Skin Reactions
Patients may experience local skin reactions during treatment with ZYCLARA Cream. Potential local skin reactions include erythema, edema, erosions/ulcerations, weeping/exudate, flaking/scaling/dryness, and scabbing/crusting. These reactions can range from mild to severe in intensity and may extend beyond the application site onto the surrounding skin. Patients may also experience application site reactions such as itching, irritation or pain [see Adverse Reactions (6)].
Local skin reactions may be of such an intensity that patients may require rest periods from treatment. Treatment with ZYCLARA Cream can be resumed after the skin reaction has subsided, as determined by the physician. However, for actinic keratosis, each treatment cycle should not be extended beyond 2 weeks due to missed doses or rest periods. For external genital warts, treatment should not be extended beyond 8 weeks due to missed doses or rest periods. Patients should contact their physician promptly if they experience any sign or symptom at the application site that restricts or prohibits their daily activity or makes continued application of the cream difficult.
Because of local skin reactions, during treatment and until healed, the treatment area is likely to appear noticeably different from normal skin. Localized hypopigmentation and hyperpigmentation have been reported following use of imiquimod cream. These skin color changes may be permanent in some patients.
17.3 Systemic Reactions
Patients may experience flu-like systemic signs and symptoms during treatment with ZYCLARA Cream. Systemic signs and symptoms may include fatigue, nausea, fever, myalgia, malaise, arthralgia, and chills [see Adverse Reactions (6)]. An interruption of dosing and an assessment of the patient should be considered.
17.4 Patients Being Treated for Actinic Keratosis (AK)
Dosing is once daily before bedtime to the skin of the affected area (entire face or balding scalp) for two 2-week treatment cycles separated by a 2-week no-treatment period. However, the treatment period should not be extended beyond two 2-week treatment cycles due to missed doses or rest periods. Treatment should continue for the full treatment course even if all actinic keratoses appear to be gone [see Dosage and Administration (2.1)].
It is recommended that patients wash their hands before and after applying ZYCLARA Cream. Before applying the cream, the patient should wash the treatment area with mild soap and water and allow the area to dry thoroughly.
It is recommended that the treatment area be washed with mild soap and water 8 hours following ZYCLARA Cream application.
Most patients using ZYCLARA Cream for the treatment of AK experience erythema, flaking/scaling/dryness and scabbing/crusting at the application site with normal dosing [see Adverse Reactions (6.1)].
Use of sunscreen is encouraged, and patients should minimize or avoid exposure to natural or artificial sunlight (tanning beds or UVA/B treatment) while using ZYCLARA Cream [see Warnings and Precautions (5.3)].
Additional lesions may become apparent in the treatment area during treatment [see Clinical Studies (14.1)].
17.5 Patients Being Treated for External Genital Warts (EGW)
Dosing is once daily before bedtime to the skin of the affected wart areas. ZYCLARA Cream treatment should continue until there is total clearance of the genital/perianal warts or for up to 8 weeks.
It is recommended that the treatment area be washed with mild soap and water approximately 8 hours following ZYCLARA Cream application.
It is common for patients to experience local skin reactions such as erythema, erosion, excoriation/flaking, and edema at the site of application or surrounding areas. Most skin reactions are mild to moderate.
Sexual (genital, anal, oral) contact should be avoided while ZYCLARA Cream is on the skin. Application of ZYCLARA Cream in the vagina is considered internal and should be avoided. Female patients should take special care if applying the cream at the opening of the vagina because local skin reactions on the delicate moist surfaces can result in pain or swelling, and may cause difficulty in passing urine.
Uncircumcised males treating warts under the foreskin should retract the foreskin and clean the area daily.
New warts may develop during therapy, as ZYCLARA Cream is not a cure.
The effect of ZYCLARA Cream on the transmission of genital/perianal warts is unknown.
ZYCLARA Cream may weaken condoms and vaginal diaphragms, therefore concurrent use is not recommended.
Should severe local skin reaction occur, the cream should be removed by washing the treatment area with mild soap and water.
17.7 FDA-Approved Patient Labeling
Important: For use on the skin only (topical). Do not use ZYCLARA Cream in or on your eyes, mouth, anus or vagina or inside your nose.
Read the Patient Information that comes with ZYCLARA Cream before you start using it and each time you get a refill. There may be new information. This leaflet does not take the place of talking with your healthcare provider about your medical condition or treatment. If you do not understand the information, or have any questions about ZYCLARA Cream, talk with your healthcare provider or pharmacist.
What is ZYCLARA Cream?
ZYCLARA Cream is a prescription medicine for use on the skin only (topical) to treat:
It is not known if ZYCLARA Cream is safe and effective:
It is not known if ZYCLARA Cream is safe and effective for the treatment of actinic keratosis in children younger than 18 years old.
It is not known if ZYCLARA Cream is safe and effective in children under 12 years old for external genital and perianal warts.
What should I tell my healthcare provider before using ZYCLARA Cream?
Before you use ZYCLARA Cream, tell your healthcare provider if you:
Tell your healthcare provider about all the medicines you take, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins and herbal supplements.
Especially tell your healthcare provider if you have had other treatments for actinic keratosis or genital or perianal warts. ZYCLARA Cream should not be used until your skin has healed from other treatments.
How should I use ZYCLARA Cream?
Use ZYCLARA Cream exactly as your healthcare provider tells you to use it. ZYCLARA Cream is for skin use only.
Applying ZYCLARA Cream
ZYCLARA Cream should be applied once a day just before your bedtime.
When using ZYCLARA Cream for actinic keratosis:
When using ZYCLARA Cream for external genital warts:
What should I avoid while using ZYCLARA Cream?
What are the possible side effects of ZYCLARA Cream?
ZYCLARA Cream may cause serious side effects, including:
The most common side effects of ZYCLARA Cream include:
Tell your healthcare provider if you have any side effect that bothers you or that does not go away.
These are not all the possible side effects of ZYCLARA Cream. For more information, ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist.
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or Graceway Pharmaceuticals, LLC at 1-800-328-0255.
How do I store ZYCLARA Cream?
Keep ZYCLARA Cream and all medicines out of the reach of children.
General information about ZYCLARA Cream:
Medicines are sometimes prescribed for purposes other than those listed in the patient information. Do not use ZYCLARA Cream for a condition for which it was not prescribed. Do not give ZYCLARA Cream to other people, even if they have the same symptoms you have. It may harm them.
This patient information leaflet summarizes the most important information about ZYCLARA Cream. If you would like more information, talk with your healthcare provider. You can ask your pharmacist or healthcare provider for information about ZYCLARA Cream that is written for the health professionals.
What are the ingredients in ZYCLARA Cream?
Active Ingredient: imiquimod
Inactive ingredients: isostearic acid, cetyl alcohol, stearyl alcohol, white petrolatum, polysorbate 60, sorbitan monostearate, glycerin, xanthan gum, purified water, benzyl alcohol, methylparaben, and propylparaben.
See Package Insert
Store at 25°C (77°F);
Not for Ophthalmic Use.
Graceway Pharmaceuticals, LLC
Box of 28 Single Use Packets
Net Wt. Per Packet
Net Wt. Per Box
For Dermatologic Use Only
Not for Ophthalmic, Oral
Important: For dosage
Store at 25°C (77°F); excursions
Keep out of reach of children.
Zyclara is a trademark of Graceway Pharmaceuticals, LLC.
28 Single Use Packets
Net Wt. Per Packet
Net Wt. Per Box
For Dermatologic Use Only
Not for Ophthalmic, Oral
Important: For dosage
Store at 25°C (77°F);
Keep out of reach of children.
Zyclara is a trademark of Graceway Pharmaceuticals, LLC.
Revised: 03/2011 Graceway Pharmaceuticals, LLC
Reproduced with permission of U.S. National Library of Medicine
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