What is Pimecrolimus and what is it used for:
Pimecrolimus, sold under the brand name Elidel, is a medication used to treat eczema (atopic dermatitis). It works by reducing inflammation and suppressing the immune system in the affected area of the skin.
How to use Pimecrolimus:
Pimecrolimus is a topical medication applied to the affected area of the skin, usually twice daily. Use it as directed by your healthcare provider, and avoid using it on skin that is broken, infected, or covered with a dressing. Wash your hands before and after using the medication. Do not cover the treated area with a bandage or other covering unless instructed by your healthcare provider.
Possible side effects of Pimecrolimus:
Pimecrolimus may cause some side effects, including:
Burning or stinging sensation at the application site
Fever or chills
Cough or runny nose
If any of these side effects persist or worsen, inform your doctor immediately. Seek emergency medical attention if you experience any signs of an allergic reaction, such as hives, difficulty breathing, or swelling of the face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Precautions and warnings for Pimecrolimus:
Before using Pimecrolimus, inform your doctor if you have any medical conditions, such as skin cancer, a weakened immune system, or a history of skin infections. Pimecrolimus may increase the risk of skin infections, including herpes simplex virus infections, so it is important to avoid contact with people who have active infections.
Pimecrolimus may also increase the risk of lymphoma and skin cancer, although the risk is low. It is important to attend regular follow-up appointments with your healthcare provider and report any new or changing symptoms.
Pimecrolimus is not recommended for use during pregnancy or while breastfeeding, as the effects on the unborn baby or nursing infant are not well understood.
Elidel (Pimecrolimus) is a prescription medication and should only be taken under the supervision of a healthcare provider.