Elidel

Generic Name: Pimecrolimus

  • What is Elidel?

    Elidel Cream is a topical medication used on the skin to treat eczema (inflammation or irritation of the skin).

  • What is the most important information I should know about Elidel?

    A very small number of people who have used Elidel Cream have had skin cancer or lymphoma (a type of cancer involving cells of the immune system, called lymphocytes). Because of this, do not use Elidel Cream continuously for a long period of time, and do not use this medication on a child under 2 years old. Use Elidel Cream only on areas of your skin that have eczema.

    Contact your doctor if your condition worsens or does not improve after 6 weeks of using Elidel Cream, or if a feeling of warmth or a burning sensation at the application site is severe or persists for more than 1 week. Also contact your doctor if you get a skin infection.

    Elidel Cream may cause you to become sunburned more easily. Avoid the sun, sunlamps, and tanning booths while using this medication. Use sunscreen or wear protective clothing if you must be outside.

    Elidel Cream may be harmful if swallowed. If you ingest it, contact your doctor or a poison control center right away.

  • Who should not take Elidel?

    Do not take this medication if you are allergic to any of its ingredients.

  • What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of Elidel?

    Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Elidel Cream. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you have a skin disease called Netherton's syndrome (a rare inherited condition), have chicken pox or herpes, have a weak immune system, are receiving any form of light therapy (phototherapy, UVA, or UVB), or if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

  • What is the usual dosage?

    The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your doctor uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your doctor may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your doctor's approval.

    Adults and children ≥2 years: Apply a thin layer to the affected skin twice a day until symptoms disappear. This drug should not be used for prolonged periods of time.

  • How should I take Elidel?

    Use Elidel Cream exactly as prescribed, only on areas of skin that have eczema. Stop using the cream when the signs and symptoms of eczema (including itching, rash, and redness) go away, or as directed by your doctor.

    Wash your hands before using Elidel Cream. When applying the cream after a bath or shower, make sure your skin is dry. Apply a thin layer only to the affected skin areas, twice a day, as directed by your doctor. If you are not treating your hands, wash them with soap and water after applying Elidel Cream. Use only the smallest amount needed to control the signs and symptoms of eczema.

    You can use moisturizers with Elidel Cream. Make sure you check with your doctor first about the products that are right for you. Because the skin of patients with eczema can be very dry, it is important to keep up good skin care practices. If you use moisturizers, apply them after Elidel Cream.

  • What should I avoid while taking Elidel?

    Do not use sunlamps, tanning beds, or get treatment with ultraviolet light therapy during treatment with Elidel Cream. Limit sun exposure during treatment, even when the medicine is not on your skin. If you need to be outdoors after applying Elidel Cream, wear loose fitting clothing that protects the treated area from the sun. Ask your doctor what other types of protection from the sun you should use.

    Do not bathe, shower, or swim right after applying Elidel Cream. This could wash off the medication.

    Elidel Cream is for external use only. Do not get it in your eyes, nose, or mouth. If you get it in your eyes, rinse at once with cool tap water.

    Do not cover the skin being treated with bandages, dressings, or wraps. You can wear normal clothing.

  • What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Elidel?

    If Elidel Cream is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to check with your doctor before combining Elidel Cream with the following: certain antifungals (such as fluconazole, itraconazole, ketoconazole), blood pressure medications in a class known as calcium channel blockers (such as diltiazem), cimetidine, and certain antibiotics such as erythromycin.

  • What are the possible side effects of Elidel?

    Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this drug.

    Side effects may include: viral skin infections (such as cold sores, chicken pox, shingles, warts), swollen lymph nodes (glands), headache, common cold or stuffy nose, sore throat, influenza, fever, cough

    The most common side effect at the skin application site is burning or a feeling of warmth. These side effects are usually mild or moderate, happen during the first 5 days of treatment, and usually clear up in a few days. Call your doctor if the burning feeling is severe or lasts for more than 1 week.

  • Can I receive Elidel if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

    The effects of Elidel Cream during pregnancy and breastfeeding are unknown. Tell your doctor immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

  • What should I do if I miss a dose of Elidel?

    If you miss a dose of Elidel Cream, apply it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the one you missed and return to your regular dosing schedule. Do not apply two doses at once.

  • How should I store Elidel?

    Store Elidel Cream at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and light.

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