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Elidel Medication - Uses & Side Effects

Generic Name: Pimecrolimus

Pimecrolimus are classified as Topical Immunosuppressant. Immunosuppressants medication is used to decrease or treat the effects of the body's immune system. Elidel is a prescription medicine you put on your skin (topical) to treat atopic dermatitis. This term also known as "eczema." Elidel medicine is for use on the skin only. Elidel is for adults and children age 2 years and older. You can use Elidel for short or starting and stopping repeatedly for long periods of treatment. You can use it on all affected areas of your skin, including your face and neck. Elidel Cream is a skin-selective, steroid free, anti-inflammatory specifically developed for the skin. Elidel Cream (pimecrolimus) and Protopic Ointment (tacrolimus) are both popular medications are used to treat children with eczema.

Elidel Dosage

  • Elidel medication used only 2 times throughout the day on affected area.
  • Elidel can be applied to all skin areas including the head, neck, and skin folds (such as between the toes).

Uses of Elidel

  • Elidel is used to treat atopic dermatitis (e.g., eczema).
  • Elidel may also be used for purposes other than those listed in this medication guide.
  • Elidel can also be used to affect on sensitive skin areas such as the face and neck.
  • Elidel cream affects the mild and moderate eczema and can be used on children.

Side Effects of Elidel

The following are some of the side effects that may occur during taken elidel. Side effects may include:

  • Burning sensation at application site
  • Redness, itching or irritation at application site
  • Inflammation of the hair follicles (folliculitis)
  • Skin infections, eg impetigo, herpes simplex, herpes zoster, molluscum contagiosum, warts, eczema herpeticum
  • Boils (furuncles)
  • Worsening of symptoms
  • Rash, pain, pins and needles, swelling, dryness, or shedding of surface skin at application site
  • Skin flushing, rash, burning, itching or swelling after drinking alcohol.

Warnings and precautions before taking Elidel:

  • Consult to your doctor if you have the congenital skin disorder Netherton's syndrome and do not used elidel without talking to your doctor.
  • Do not use the elidel without talking to your doctor if you have a skin infection; have a disease of the immune system.
  • Elidel medicine is used for external only.
  • Wash your hands properly after applying this medicine, unless the hands are the area being treated.
  • Avoid sunlight and sun lamps, tanning beds, and treatment with UVA or UVB light when you are using elidel medicine or if you need to be outdoors after applying Elidel, wear loose fitting clothing that protects the treated area from the sun.
  • If you currently use Elidel or if you show signs of skin cancer, talk to your doctor immediately. It is noted that the long-term side effects of using Elidel ointment have not been identified.
  • If you are pregnent or are planing to become pregnant during treatment then first talking to your doctor because elidel will effect or harm an unborn baby.

Drug Interaction :-

Do not start any drugs with the elidel without talking to your doctor. If Elidel is used with the other drugs, it could be increased, decreased or altered the affect of Elidel or it may cause to the other effects. So consult to your doctor before combining drugs Elidel with the following:

  • Calcium-blocking blood pressure drugs such as Calan, Cardizem, and Procardia
  • Cimetidine (Tagamet)
  • Erythromycin (E-Mycin, Erythrocin)
  • Fluconazole (Diflucan)
  • Itraconazole (Sporanox)
  • Ketoconazole (Nizoral)

Consult to your doctor if you feel overdose is suspected because it may cause to the other effect. Symptoms of a pimecrolimus topical overdose are not known.

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