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What is Elidel Cream (Pimecrolimus) prescribed for?

Eczema is a skin condition that causes the skin to become itchy, red and dry. At times even cracked and leathery. And it can appear on any part of the body. Eczema is a chronic problem for many people. There is a few things that can trigger eczema, they are as follows; stress, contact with a irritating substance such as wool or certain type of soap, heat and sweat, cold, dry climates, and dry skin.

This medication works by changing the skins immune system, thereby decreasing the allergic reaction that causes eczema. Pimecrolimus belongs to a class of drugs known as topical calcineurin inhibitors (TCIs).

This medication comes in the singular dose of 1%.  Remember your dose is based on your medical background and your overall response to the treatment. If your doctor or pharmacist has given you some information in the form of a pamphlet, take the time to read up on this drug, and if you have any questions or concerns regarding this medication, please consult your doctor.

Wash your hands with soap and water before use. Then apply a thin layer of the cream to the affected area of the skin. Then rub the medicinal cream into the skin gently. This is usually done twice a day or as directed by your doctor. Once finished, wash your hands. If your doctor recommends a moisturizer after use, apply it after this medication.

Do not get this medication in the eyes, if you do get it in the eyes; make sure to flush thoroughly with plenty of water. Do not apply this medication to open wounds or infected areas. Do not cover the treated area with plastic or waterproof bandages unless directed to by your doctor.

Your doctor may ask you to stop using the medication once the eczema has cleared up, and to start using it once again if you show signs of the symptoms.


This medication is not recommended for anyone if they have a history of Nethertib’s Syndrome, or if you have a weakened immune system.

Before taking this medication, tell your doctor if you are allergic to Elidel Cream (Pimecrolimus); or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems

Before using this medication, tell your doctor of your medical history, especially if you have experienced any of the following; current infections (e.g., mononucleosis), use of light therapy (e.g., UVA or UVB), skin infections (e.g., herpes, chickenpox, shingles, warts), immune system problems.

This medication may make you more sensitive to the sun. Limit your time in the sun. Avoid tanning booths and sunlamps. Use sunscreen and wear protective clothing when outdoors. Tell your doctor right away if you get sunburned or have skin blisters/redness.

Side Effects

Common side effects of this medication do include the following; signs of infection (e.g., fever, persistent sore throat).  It is best to speak with your doctor promptly if you are experiencing any of these side effects.

Mild burning or irritation at the application site may occur during the first few days of treatment. Headache may also occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, notify your doctor or pharmacist promptly.

A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, get medical help right away if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: severe rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.


What happens if I suddenly stop taking this medication?

There may be a relapse in symptoms as well as side effects. You should speak your doctor before stop taking this medication.


What is the best dosage to take?

The diagnosis with your doctor will be able to determine the best dosage for your treatment. Work with your doctor closely for dosage and dosing schedules.


What happens if I miss a dose?

You should take the missed dose as soon you realize you have forgotten. If the forgotten dose is closer to your next scheduled dose, take the next schedule dose to avoid overlapping in dose.


What is the best way to store this medication?

This medication is stored at room temperature, and should be kept away from children and pets. Do not throw away this medication in the wastebasket. If you are uncertain how to dispose of this medication speak with your pharmacist for help in safely disposing of this medication.

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