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  • Generic Name: (pimecrolimus)
    Other Brands: N/A
  • Last Revised: 07/2014
    • What is this medication and its most common uses?

      Elidel is a medicine used to treat eczema after other medicines have not worked for you or if other medicines are not right for you. Elidel is available as a cream.

    • What should I know when beginning and continuing on this medication?

      How does this medication work?

      Elidel is thought to work by stopping your body from producing substances that may cause eczema.

      What are the beneficial effects of this medication and when should I begin to have results?

      What: It has been shown that more people receiving Elidel had mild to no itching compared with people who did not receive treatment with Elidel. The improvement in itching occurred along with improvement of eczema.

      When: Elidel may improve your eczema within 6 weeks.

      How do I know it is working?

      You may notice an improvement in the appearance of and reduction of itching associated with your eczema. This is a good indicator that the medicine is working. Your healthcare provider may ask you questions to assess how well your symptoms are controlled.

    • What are the possible side effects of this medication?

      The following is not a full list of side effects. Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your healthcare provider as soon as possible. Only your healthcare provider can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this medication.

      It is not known if Elidel is safe to use for a long period of time. A small number of people who were treated with Elidel developed cancer (such as skin cancer or lymphoma [a type of cancer involving cells of the immune system, called lymphocytes]). However, it is not known exactly if Elidel causes cancer. Therefore, you should apply Elidel only on areas of your skin that have eczema and for short periods of time. Also, do not use Elidel on a child

      More common side effects may include: burning or a feeling of warmth at the application site.

      Less common side effects may include:

      Increased risk of developing skin infections (such as cold sores, chickenpox, or shingles), warts, or swollen lymph nodes (glands found throughout the body that remove bacteria and play an important role in your immune system).

      Elidel may also cause skin stinging, soreness, or itching, especially during the first few days of treatment.

    • Who should not take this medication?

      Do not use Elidel if you are allergic to it or any of its ingredients.

    • What should I tell my healthcare provider before I take the first dose of this medication?

      Tell your healthcare provider about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Elidel. Also, talk to your healthcare provider about your complete medical history, especially if you have any type of skin infection (including chickenpox or herpes), a disease called Netherton's syndrome (a rare inherited skin condition), if you have been told you have a weakened immune system, 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 healthcare provider uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your healthcare provider may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your healthcare provider's approval.

      Adults and children ≥2 years: Apply a thin layer to the affected area(s) twice a day.

    • How should I take this medication?

      Apply Elidel exactly as prescribed by your healthcare provider. Do not use it more often or stop using Elidel without first talking to your healthcare provider.

      Wash your hands before using Elidel. If you apply Elidel after a bath or shower, make sure your skin is dry.

      If you apply Elidel to another person, or if you are not treating your hands, wash your hands with soap and water after applying Elidel. This should remove any cream left on your hands.

      You may use moisturizers while using Elidel. It is very important to keep good skin care practices. Check with your healthcare provider first about what products are right for you. If you use moisturizers, apply them after applying Elidel.

      Stop using Elidel when the signs and symptoms of eczema (such as itching, rash, and redness) go away or as directed by your healthcare provider. If your symptoms do not improve after 6 weeks of treatment, contact your healthcare provider.

    • What should I avoid while taking this medication?

      Do not swallow Elidel, or get it in your eyes, nose, mouth, vagina, or rectum.

      Do not use Elidel on skin areas that have cancerous or precancerous conditions.

      Do not expose yourself to sunlamps, tanning beds, or ultraviolet light therapy, and limit your time in the sun during treatment with Elidel (even when the medicine is not on your skin). If you need to be outdoors, wear loose fitting clothing that protects the treated area from the sun. Ask your healthcare provider about other types of protection from the sun.

      Do not cover, wrap, or bandage the skin being treated. You can wear normal clothing.

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

    • What are the possible food and drug interactions associated with this medication?

      No significant interactions have been reported with Elidel at this time. However, always tell your healthcare provider about any medicines you take, including over-the-counter medications, vitamins, and herbal supplements.

    • May I receive this medication if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

      The effects of Elidel during pregnancy and breastfeeding are unknown. Do not breastfeed while you are using Elidel. Tell your healthcare provider immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

    • What should I do if I miss a dose of this medication?

      If you miss a dose of Elidel, 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 this medication?

      Store at room temperature. Do not freeze.

    • Who should I contact in case of emergency or overdose?
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      In the event of a medical emergency call your doctor or 9-1-1 immediately. In the event of overdose, call your doctor or poison control for further instructions.
      National Poison Control#: Call 1-800-222-1222

      This PDR+ drug information has been developed by the Physicians’ Desk Reference Network (PDRN), a source of medication information trusted by doctors for over 65 years.

      This monograph summarizes the most important information about your medication and does not cover all the information you may need. If you have any questions or concerns or want to learn more about your medication, ask your healthcare provider; he/she will be able to provide answers to your questions. This medication should only be used by the patient for whom it was prescribed and should not be shared with other people.
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