Complete clearance is sustained for at least 12 months after treatment of actinic keratoses of the face or balding scalp via daily dosing with imiquimod 3.75% or 2.5% cream

C. William Hanke, Neil Swanson, Suzanne Bruce, Brian Berman, James Kulp, Sharon Levy

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Objective: Assess long-term, sustained, complete clearance of actinic keratoses after treatment with imiquimod 3.75% or 2.5% cream using two two-week or three-week cycles of daily dosing. Methods: Adults with five to 20 baseline actinic keratoses who achieved complete clearance at the eight-week post-treatment visit in four phase 3 placebo-controlled treatment studies were followed for an additional 12 months. Results: For imiquimod 3.75% and 2.5% cream, respectively, complete clearance was sustained for 12 months in 17/42 (40.5%) and 13/39 (33.3%) subjects from the two-week cycle studies, and in 23/48 (47.9%) and 16/37 (43.2%) subjects from the three-week cycle studies. There were no safety concerns during the follow-up. Conclusion: In subjects with a median of eight to nine baseline actinic keratoses who achieved complete clearance after treatment of the full face or balding scalp with topical imiquimod 3.75% cream, complete clearance of all lesions (baseline, recurrent or new) was sustained in ≥40 percent of subjects for at least 14 months after the last dose. identifier NCT00668733.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)165-170
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Drugs in Dermatology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 1 2011


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  • Dermatology

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